A team of judges with deep knowledge of food systems selected the 10 finalist films from 156 entries. The Real Food Media Project is now encouraging the public to vote for the top film. Voting closes on March 2.
Many of the films center on issues related to family farming, sustainable agriculture, and the intersection between the environment and our food systems. Here is a bit more about each:
A Greene Generation chronicles a small family farm in Shelby, North Carolina that is raising pigs using sustainable practices.
The Gift stresses the role and importance of seed farming and seed preservation in maintaining a healthy planet.
Who Keeps the Beekeepers covers the challenges beekepers face in the United States.
In Homeward, viewers learn about members of the CAXTLE Oregano Collective in Hidalgo, Mexico who have worked to develop a sustainable and profitable oregano farming operation, allowing members of the community to maintain a livelihood through farming.
Harmony Gardens profiles a husband and wife team who grow produce in their suburban backyard and sell year-round at a local farmers market. They advocate that all people with access to land learn to produce at least some of their own food.
Our Land highlights Soil Kitchen- a project by the city of Philadelphia and the Environmental Protection Agency that conducts free soil samples in order to help people make informed decisions about growing food on their land.
Reaping the Whirlwind covers the importance of sustainable agriculture practices, particularly those relating to soil. The film highlights the negative impacts on the environment and farming that exist when sustainability is ignored.
The Berry Picker provides a snapshot of the life of a female strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry picker. The film highlights both the hardships, such as a sore body, and the benefits, such as the sense of community, that exist among berry pickers.
Green Bronx Machine brings to light some of the efforts of an urban farming non-profit that uses school garden projects to educate children about sustainable urban agriculture practices and healthy living.
Hands in the Orchestra provides a glimpse of the diverse array of individuals who create food in the Bay Area of California.