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agrarian trust film screening w/ greenhorns director severine v t fleming

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Berkeley denizens, mark your calendars for March 17th and 18th. Each night is half of a two-part Agrarian Trust film screening dealing with the issues of land rights and sustainable agriculture in America.

March 17th at 7:00 pm is a screening of Brookford Almanac

In this Reel to Real mini-series, the Brower Center and the Agrarian Trust explore the future of American farmland and farmers. In these two fascinating documentaries, audiences will encounter a first-generation farming couple who left the urban areas of their youth to found a biodynamic dairy (Brookford Almanac) and a lifelong rancher turned “eco-cowboy” (Hanna Ranch).

Brookford Almanac tells the story of Luke and Catarina Mahoney, a first-generation farming couple living their dream of raising a family on an organic dairy tucked along a country road in Rollinsford, NH. Farming is not what Luke and Catarina’s parents expected them to do. They are part of a new generation of farmers that grew up in cities and suburbs and are drawn to the land—to farming—by something other than their family’s expectations. When was the last time you heard a child say, “When I grow up, I want to be a farmer”? (40 min)
Brookford Almanac will be preceded by short films from the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-Operative and the “Our Land” series.

Followed by a Q&A with the Agrarian Trust’s Severine von Tscharner Fleming and special guests.

March 18th at 7:00 pm is a screening of Hanna Ranch
Part two of the Our Land in Transition mini-series, Hanna Ranch is a feature documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into a life on the family ranch, he became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse.
Featured in the book Fast Food Nation and dubbed the “eco-cowboy,” Hanna was an early adopter of Holistic Resource Management practices, sat on numerous environmental boards, and was president of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association. At one time, many saw him as a future governor of Colorado–and then his dream of harmony and sustainability was interrupted by the reality of family conflict and mounting threats to the land. (73 min)

Followed by a Q&A with the Agrarian Trust’s Severine von Tscharner Fleming and special guests.

You can purchase tickets and learn more about the whole film series HERE.

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