In July 2010, inspired by the work I'd been doing with the local food community in NYC, I began a film project about my family's corn and soybeans farm in Indiana. Mumford Farms, located near the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers, has been in my family for six generations.
I began the project as a way to initiate a conversation about the future of the farm within my own family, but I soon realized that our story spoke to larger audience - both to farming families like my own trying to figure out who in the next generation will step up and farm the land, and to urbanites interested in local and sustainable food issues. Mumford Farms explores the dialog between conventional farmers in the corn belt who provide the calories that we rely on and locavores eager to have a greater understanding of the challenges facing our food system.
The film has screened at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC, as well as at the Stanford Alumni and Northside Film Festivals.
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