1. Veterans to Farmers | Anna C. Stull & Christian A. Mussett


    from Focus Forward Films / Added

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    VETERANS TO FARMERS is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. View more Semifinalist films at https://vimeo.com/groups/focusforwardfilms/albums/6362. As a recently retired Iraq War veteran, I understand the challenges of finding employment after military service. Veterans to Farmers is an amazing program that trains vets in organic greenhouse farming. Not only does this provide meaningful employment, but it strengthens our communities, protects the environment and bolsters our economy by providing local, clean, and traceable fresh food. Anna C Stull: Director/Producer Christian A. Mussett: Director/Cinematographer James Tobin: Audio, Sound Mixer Travis Lupher: Assistant Director Special Thanks: Elizabeth Stands, Adam Cutlip, Buck Adams & Circle Fresh Farms

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    • Maui Aquaponics


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      The Hawaiian Islands are often called paradise. But living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean comes at a price. Supermarket chain “Wholefoods” is known locally as “Whole Paycheck.” And with a cost of living 30% higher than places like New York, the island is jokingly called “the palmed prison” because some people simply can’t afford to leave. To break this dependence, some residents are looking to aquaponics – a system that combines aquatic farming with hydroponics. Al Jazeera English investigates ... Filmed on Panasonic GH1.

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      • Listen to your Body.


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        "Be aware of what you eating, we don't always listen to our bodies." - Skye Green Renaissance spent an hour with Skye an organics farmer in Cape Town. Farmers like Skye inspire us to change the way we live and eat. Produced by - http://www.greenrenaissance.co.za/ Filmed on a Nikon D600 with old 50mm lens and a Nikkor 70-200mm F2,8 lens

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        • The Verge Permaculture Grad Series - 1/11 - The Teaser


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          These are the stories of 10 graduates from Verge's Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, documenting what they've done with the knowledge, skills and inspiration they acquired from the course. Two film makers set out to find these graduates and catch them in action, capturing their successes, struggles, and transformations as they embark on new endeavours - starting gardens, homesteads, community projects, businesses, building sustainable homes and structures, hosting conferences and much more. At this turning point in human history, where people from all walks of life have begun searching for a more fulfilling and sustainable way of living, these PDC graduates show what is possible, and in doing so demonstrate the essence of the permaculture movement that is sweeping Calgary and the world. We hope that watching these videos inspires you as much as we were inspired by creating them; so kick back, press play, and enjoy watching positive, practical change in action! vergepermaculture.ca

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          • The Verge Permaculture Grad Series - 10/11 - Luke Kimmel


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            Luke Kimmel is a young social entepreneur and permaculture designer who shows that both the entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to heal the planet can be satisfied through permaculture and urban farming. His vision and approach are based on the notion that humans can live in a way that makes us a positive force on planet earth, and that through following our hearts and dedicating ourselves, entrepreneurs and good-willed people have all the opportunity in the world to create small sustainable businesses / projects that can help them follow their dreams while making the world a better place. Prior to starting work in permaculture, Luke helped found and run a clothing company / artist collective / events company called Light & Soul, and had also undertaken ventures in product distribution, business development, and music management. Thus, Luke's approach to permaculture came through the lense of entrepreneurship, and all began when he first discovered yurts, and was extremely intrigued by the concept of building his own home for less than $15 000. This led him to examine the concept of self sufficiency, and eventually move to a farm to in Winlaw, BC to take his first Permaculture Design Certificate course . After taking this course and spending a couple months living on a farm, Luke knew that he had found his true calling - to live out his vision of paradise through cultivating sustainable human habitats and creating opportunitites for meaningful work and community development. Now, with the help of 3 other long time friends and business partners, Luke helps run their company Leaf Ninjas which does urban farming and permaculture design / edible landscaping in Calgary, AB. The Leaf Ninjas now cultivate a half acre of urban farmland spread between 10 back yards in the inner city neighborhoods of Inglewood and Ramsay, and will be selling produce to local restaurants and at the Inglewood & Ramsay Farmers Market which they helped found in 2012. Over the past 3 years Luke has consulted on a wide variety of permaculture projects ranging from urban yards to community gardens to small and medium sized homesteads and acreages. The Leaf Ninjas have now designed and installed 8 permaculture gardens in Calgary and they plan to increase that number significantly in 2013, while also offering consulting and design services geared towards DIY gardeners and land owners who want to foster a more meaningful connection with their landscape. Luke was also instrumental in shifting the focus of the company Light & Soul from clothing to video production, and helped produce the Verge Graduate Interview Series which you are watching now... So thank you for watching with us, and we hope you enjoy the videos :) vergepermaculture.ca leafninjas.ca

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            • Organic Matters


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              Vermont Organic Growers on Food and Farming Produced by Helen Whybrow and Michael Sacca in association with The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and Vermont Organic Farmers, LCC runs 9:45

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              • The last farmer (English subtitle) a documentary by Giuliano Girelli


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                www.thelastfarmer.org The Last Farmer neoliberism, globalization and small farmers a documentary by Giuliano Girelli (Indonesia, Guatemala, Burkina Faso, Italy 2011 - 90 min.) Produced by Mais ong, as part of the Creating Coherence project financed by the European Commission. Co/produced by Associazione Documè and Babydoc Film The agriculture of farmers produces food for 70% of the planet’s population, whereas industrial agriculture covers no more than 30% of it. Nonetheless 2.8 million people in the world live on less than 2 dollars a day. Most of these people are farmers or ex-farmers who now live in shanty towns of one of the big cities of the world. This documentary is about them, about globalization and therefore also about us. The Last Farmer explores the dramatic consequences of neoliberism and of globalization on the lives of small farmers in the world and follows the unfolding of a day’s events for Baldomera in Guatemala, Agi in Indonesia and Aloise in Burkina Faso. It includes interviews with Luciano Gallino, Hira Jhamtani, Giorgio Cingolani, Magaly Rey Rosa, Mamadou Goita and Roberto Schellino. Director’s notes: While I was in Indonesia carrying out a first round of research on the small agriculture in Asia, I met Agi, a farmer from the island of Bali. It was in fact by spending a few days with him and his family with the purpose of doing some first shots that I realised that also our documentary should be built according to the criteria of being coherent with the subject we were treating. Because of this, rather than travelling around the world myself to gather other stories about small farmers, I decided to contact some friends of mine who are documentarians in Guatemala and Burkina Faso, so that they could be the ones to tell the story of their land and of their people. It was a little bit like creating a “zero food miles” documentary, a film which would try to avoid – where possible – the presence of an exclusively “Western” point of view on things. Credits direction: Giuliano Girelli video Editing: Giuliano Girelli e Enrico Giovannone (babydoc film) camerawork in Indonesia: Giuliano Girelli e Sara Scappin camerawork in Guatemala: Victorino Tejaxun Alquijay camerawork in Burkina Faso: Abdoul M. Compaore camerawork in Italia: Giuliano Girelli e Francesco Bordino audio mix: Niccolò Bosio music: Giuliano Girelli and Niccolò Bosio Farmers Indonesia: I Ketut Sumiatra Guatemala: Baldomera Xunic Burkina faso: Eloïse Ouedraogo Italy: Roberto Schellino Experts Italy: Prof.Luciano Gallino (sociologist, economist) and Giorgio Cingolani (agrarian economist) Indonesia: Hira Jhamtani (environmental activist) Guatemala: Magali Rey Rosa (environmental activist) Mali: Mamadou Goïta (network of African farmer societies ROPPA)

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                • Urban Farming and the Future of Food Production: Curtis Stone Interview


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                  Urban Agriculture is one of the only sectors that will see growth in the upcoming years. Because rising oil prices are making Industrial large scale agricultural methods too expensive, there will be a move towards organic urban farming practices in your yards. This is an integral part of the future of our food. Curtis Stone is an Urban Farmer, more specifically he is the owner of Green City Acres, a Sustainable Commercial Urban Farm, in Kelowna British Columbia.  He farms ¾ of an acre as a full time job and is showing others that eating locally, organically, and fossil-fuel free is not only fun, but an integral part of our future. In this interview we discuss: -Green City Acres -Sustainable Commercial Urban Farming -The future of urban food production -A thorough look through his farming setup -The future of urban farming -Much More!

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                  • The Kamburu Story - A community-led response to climate change in Kenya


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                    Short film, co-produced by the Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) in Kenya, the African Biodiversity Network (ABN) and The Gaia Foundation (UK). This film tells the story of the Kamburu community and their courageous steps towards being more food secure, and their community-led approach to protecting the environment.

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                    • Adoboloco Hot Sauce Handcrafted in Hawaii


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                      adoboloco.com Adoboloco Jalapeno sauce sprouted from a homeschooling garden project in Maui, Hawaii. Now the business involves the whole Parsons family and is being used as a teaching platform for their children's education. Adoboloco partners with the community and local small growers to provide the fresh ingredients needed to make our unique sauces.

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