Posted on February 14, 2017 by Neil Ungerleider
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Presented by Greenbelt on March 2nd
Dairy farmers remain the backbone of our region’s agriculture, but fight for survival in an age of artisan cheese and kale. Such is the provocative tag line for the critically acclaimed documentary Forgotten Farms.
All are invited to join Essex County Greenbelt, along with members of the local farming and foodie communities, for a special screening of this acclaimed documentary film on Thursday evening, March 2nd at the Cabot Theater. The one-hour screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and members of the Herrick Dairy Farm family, who are featured in the film.
Meet and mingle with local farmers beginning at 6:00 pm, with light refreshments offered. The screening will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ecga.org/forgottenfarms or purchased that evening at the Cabot Box Office located at 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA. Adult tickets are $11.75 each, with discounted tickets available for children, students and seniors at $9.75.
Forgotten Farms is a documentary film that examines the growing class divides within our farm and food communities. In more affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants and CSAs are booming and this generation of new farmers is being celebrated for their artisan products. In the enthusiasm for the new food movement, the farmers at the foundation of the regional agricultural economy are being left behind.
New England has lost over 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years, and only about 2,000 farms remain. Through conversations with local farmers and policy experts, Forgotten Farms gives a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system. This documentary shows the emerging cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, and emphasizes a need to develop mutual understanding and common ground. A truly sustainable local food system that benefits everyone will rely on all of our farmers.
Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County. Greenbelt has protected nearly 17,000 acres of local land and has had a direct role in 75% of all land conserved in the last decade. For more information about Greenbelt programs, visit www.ecga.org or call 978-768-7241