Film Screening - Farmers For America

|| October 6, 2017

Join film company Leave It Better for the national premier of their documentary Farmers For America, to be screened on the Indy City Market's west plaza.

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The national premiere of Farmers For America, a documentary featuring the challenges young and aspiring farmers face, will be held Oct. 26-27 at the Indianapolis City Market during the FFA National Convention & Expo in the city.  Attendees of the premier can enjoy the narration of Executive Producer, TV host and podcaster Mike Rowe, and hear a panel discussions with prominent farmers from Indiana and the nation immediately following the documentary.

Farmers for America screens at 7 p.m. each night on the West Plaza of the Historic City Market, located at 222 E. Market St., near the convention center where more than 60,000 FFA students and instructors will be holding their annual convention. General admission tickets are $10 for the film and panel discussions, $5 for FFA students and teachers, members of the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition, Indiana Farmer Veteran Coalition and Indiana Farmers Union. Food and drink will be available from merchants inside the City Market House, and Indiana craft beer will be available for carryout from a bar inside for those 21+.  Filmgoers are encouraged to check the weather for the outdoor screening, and bring blankets, jackets, hats, and camp or lawn chairs, as needed. The event will end at 9 pm.

The 8:20 pm panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 26, will include Liz and Nate Brownlee of Crothersville’s Nightfall Farm, who founded the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition; Matthew Keener and Amber Espey of Keener Farms of Dayton, OH, who sell their food to local restaurants and colleges; and film director Graham Meriwether.  Friday’s panel discussion will include Retired Col. Cindy Chastain, an Indiana farm operator and the head of the state’s Farmer Veteran Coalition; Kenneth Georgia, an inspiring FFA advisor from Kosciusko, MS; Mike Lewis, a pioneering hemp farmer from Richmond, KY and the founder of the Growing Warriors organization to help veterans on the farm; and director Meriwether.

The documentary traces the extraordinary changes coming to America’s food system as more and more consumers flock to farmers’ markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles and insist on knowing where their food is coming from. At the center of the film are the farmers, young and old, who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in common:  our food. These farmers reflect nothing less than the face of America:  From a husband-wife team in Detroit growing vegetables on abandoned lots to an English major turned holistic butcher near Puget Sound; from a Mississippi FFA instructor who inspires his students to live by their deeds to an ex-Marine from southern California who’s jumpstarted a $1 million business selling food from grass-fed animals; from a Hudson River Valley woman who became the head of a national young farmer’s coalition to a young postal worker in western Missouri struggling to buy land; and from a Maine farmer who grows organic vegetables year-round to two Shenandoah Valley farmers who’ve turned their farm into a laboratory for new models to get young farmers started.

With the average age of today’s farmer at 60, and rural America losing population as the cost of land and equipment soars, this film reveals the people waiting to take their place, the practices they’re championing and the obstacles they must overcome. 

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