A Farming Way of Life is a documentary film project that offers a glimpse into the lives of locally-based farmers committed to the practice of organic and sustainable agriculture. This project profiled three inspiring small-scale family farms from around the Triangle region of North Carolina and connects the viewers to farming as a way of life and the families behind our food.
Growing consumer interest in local farm products can be seen at various farmers markets across the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). Market patrons are provided the unique opportunity to meet the farmers that grow their food and ask questions about their farming practice. However, they are seldom given the chance to go behind the scenes and truly understand what motivates these farmers to be stewards of our lands and our food supply. A Farming Way of Life raises awareness about the connection between local foods and the families that grow them while providing inspirational stories for future farmers who may want to own and run a farm of their own.
With the help of the United Arts Council and the Regional Artists Project Grant Program* I was able to show how dedicated our local farmers are in providing for their families and our community and remind viewers that farming is more than just a historical practice; it’s alive and vibrant.
Special thanks go to Rob, Cheri and Tea form Whitted Bowers for letting me follow them around on the farm! Be sure to check them out at the Carrboro Farmers Market!
*The Regional Artist Project Grant is funded and administered by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The program is operated in partnership with the Franklin County Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Vance County Arts Council and Warren County Arts Council.
Ocean footage provided by First Baptist Church vimeo.com/8853764
Panasonic HMC 150
Edited in Final Cut Pro
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