“Grow Food Everywhere” Won Best Film

“Grow Food Everywhere,” a short film I produced for Seeds of Solidarity, was just selected as the winner of the 2012 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival!

The Greenfield Recorder reported:

The first-ever Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival was a chance for veteran and new filmmakers from the area to have their films shown and bring attention to some innovative projects going on up and down the valley.

A total of 18 short (under 10 minutes) films were received, and nine were picked for the festival, emceed by filmmaker and Bernardston resident Rawn Fulton.

The winning film was about programs run by Seeds of Solidarity Farm in Orange. Samantha Lyon, a graduate of Smith College who now lives back in her hometown of Los Angeles, interviewed farm owners Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc, as well as the kids they’ve taught and members of the community they reach.

The main focus of the film was the farm’s Seeds of Leadership program. Area high school kids come to the farm after school to learn how to care for crops. Then, they help local elementary school kids start their own gardens. The high-schoolers harvest their own veggies, and divide them into farm shares which go to low-income families and seniors in the area.

Habib and Baruc also run their farm — and their house — completely off the grid. They use solar hot water and electricity, heat with wood and run vehicles on biodiesel.

It’s playing on all the local public access channels in the area — the movement lives on!

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