Film and dinner night: To Make a Farm

DINNER: Delicious curries will be provided along with some short films prior to the main documentary.

FILM: Five young people without farming backgrounds embark on making their farming dreams a reality. Starting from scratch, they meet risks and challenges of this demanding profession with imagination, passion, and sacrifice. Intimate and beautifully photographed, this documentary offers a hopeful look at small-scale food production in an age of industrialized agriculture.

DETAILED SYNOPSIS 

Leslie and Jeff met at a farmer training program and discovered that they had more than just a love for farming in common. Six years later, they’ve just bought their own land. Their farm is breathtakingly beautiful, but it won’t be profitable for several years yet. They face an uphill battle getting to know their land and their community. While they discover a deficiency in their soil, Leslie struggles with a sense of isolation as exhaustion takes its toll.

Tarrah and Nathan were brought to farming by their environmental concerns. But like the other farmers in this film, they also find their work to be intensely personal. The couple pasture-raises sheep, pigs, and chickens on a 50-acre farm, as well as growing vegetables. They've been working towards making the farm self-sufficient for several years, and this year, they're taking on more than ever. It seems that with every challenge, they re-double their efforts, taking on what Tarrah describes as an almost spiritual dedication to the land and animals.

Wes couldn’t wait to leave the small town where he grew up on the Canadian prairies. He took to the road on his 18th birthday and didn’t look back for 10 years. Now 28, Wes is searching for a home and something he can believe in. With almost no farming experience, and living in a tent beside his newly broken field, Wes is guided by a dream and the hope of grounding his life.

The three stories are woven together by filmmaker Steve Suderman, who traces his own roots in large-scale industrialized farming. With his own family having farmed and lost, he constructs a portrait of a farmers’ new wave.

Date: 12 May 2018

Cost: $25 adults, 15 years and under $10, 7 years and under free

Time: 6pm

Where: Kandanga Hall, Main Street. Kandanga

Information: Email maryvalleycountryharvest@gmail.com or visit www.maryvalleycountryharvest.com or facebook.

Bookings through https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/to-make-a-farm-film-and-dinner-night-tickets-44471595740. Please advise of any special dietary requirements. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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