Happening on March 2, 2017 - March 2, 2017
Dairy farmers remain the backbone of agriculture in New England, but fight for survival in an age of artisan cheese and kale.
Join Greenbelt and members of the Essex County farm community for a special screening of the extraordinary documentary film Forgotten Farms , by Dave Simonds and Sarah Gardner, followed by a panel discussion with the filmakers and local dairy farmers,
Sam and Kathy Herrick.
When: Thursday, March 2,
6pm - Mix and Mingle with local farmers
7pm - Film screening followed by panel discussion
Where: Cabot Theater, Beverly | 286 Cabot Street | Beverly
Admission: Adult $11.75, Senior/Student/Child $9.75
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online through the Cabot Theater.
Watch the trailer
About the film:
Forgotten Farms examines class divides in our farm and food communities. Most people buy their food in supermarkets and don’t have a chance to meet their farmer, as the bumper sticker recommends. But in more affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants, farmer's markets and CSAs are booming and the new farmers are celebrated.
There is another farmer who is left out of the local food celebration. New England has lost over 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years; fewer than 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, they tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. In our enthusiasm for the new food movement, we often overlook the farmers at the foundation of the regional agricultural economy. Through conversations with farmers and policy experts, the film reconsiders the role of these vital but forgotten farmers.
Forgotten Farms gives us a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system. The documentary shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, highlighting the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding, and find common ground. A truly sustainable local food system that benefits everyone will rely on all of our farmers.
“You build your farm over generations and you lose your farm in an hour.”
– Vic Ziemba, Dairy Farmer