As we’ve seen, the food system is broken.
But we’ve also seen young people returning to the land and learning about farming for the first time; we’ve seen others choosing to carry on the food traditions that their ancestors have cultivated for generations, even in the face of pressure to mechanize their farms, or leave the land for cities. In short, we’ve seen farmers — around the world — who are already hard at work, creating many diverse, resilient, and thriving versions of the farms of the future.
We hope that the films in this series will help us all feel supported and inspired in our efforts to do the same. Finally, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of the farmers featured in these films, to the filmmakers who brought their stories to life, and to the many other unsung food heroes out there today, caring for people and the planet by connecting us with healthy, joyful, and sustainable ways of growing and eating food.
And now, here are the final films to wrap up our Planet Local Short Film Series on Food & Farming!
A group of young people farming in Oregon, USA, describe the beauty of a summer twilight, how they chose to return to the land, and why a farming life may be “as good as it gets.”
Women farming in India choose traditional, sustainable methods to increase their own quality of life, and ensure food and ecological security for the generations to come.
Said Salim Abu Naser experiments with innovative organic methods — and produces enough food to feed 30 people — in a small urban yard in Gaza City, Palestine.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this series, it’s that diversity is important. UK-based farmer Martin Crawford pushes this idea to the limit by growing 500 varieties of fruit and nut tree, shrub, herb, vine and perennial vegetable together in a beautiful “food forest.” He explains why diverse forest gardens like this one may be critical to our survival in the years to come.