For those interested in sustainable farming & buying local food may we recommend Broken Limbs, an Emmy-nominated documentary, which explores the hopeful stirrings in American agriculture and shows how every one of us can have a hand in taking back our food. Now available on Netflix watch instantly.
Wenatchee, Washington, “Apple Capital of the World.” This pastoral Valley in the heart of the Pacific Northwest prospered for nearly a century as home to the famed Washington apple. But the good times have vanished. Apple orchardists by the thousands are going out of business and thousands more await the dreaded letter from the bank announcing the end of their livelihoods and a uniquely American way of life.
After his own father receives just such a letter, filmmaker Guy Evans sets out on a journey of discovery to try to find out what went wrong here in this natural garden of Eden. Along the way he witnesses small farmers forced off their land as they struggle to compete against the Goliaths that populate today’s global economy. Continue reading
Video: Whole Foods engages with local producers
A small Vermont town at the epicenter of America’s local, organic food movement grapples with a question near and dear to me and other New Hope editors. In Hardwick, Vermont, unemployment is 40 percent higher and the median income is 25 percent lower than the Vermont state average. And yet, in the midst of this economic trouble, local, organic farming is booming, according to Ben Hewitt, who writes about the town in his book The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food.
But before you start celebrating the economic engine that can be fueled by small, organic farms, listen to the piece that aired on NPR’s Morning Edition. The story looks at the other part of Hardwick—the part that can’t afford to eat at Claire’s, the local restaurant serving up the area’s food bounty, or to buy the fresh, organic produce sold at the town’s busy farmers’ market. Continue reading
Nomad Foods has always been committed to sourcing all aspects of our product locally to insure freshness, quality, and equity. We invite you learn more about the local food movement from INGREDIENTS. This feature-length documentary reveals the people who are leading the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities. This film illustrates how people around the country are working to revitalize the connection between food and the land, while celebrating the farm to table movement with vibrant cinematography and exploring solutions for creating a community based on seasonal food. Continue reading