Cutshorts and Coming to Ground (or We Can’t Wait to See this Film)

We just came across this great clip of our good friend Dr. Bill Best talking about Cutshort beans (h/t Lora Smith), and are excited to learn this is a short clip from what looks like an awesome full-length documentary — Coming to Ground.
Check out more of Dr. Best's phenomenal work with heirloom tomatoes and beans, seed saving, and active preservation of Appalachian agriculture through the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center. You can learn more about Coming to Ground on their Facebook page or on their website.  Here's how they describe the movie:
No longer able to depend on tobacco as a cash crop, Kentucky farmers found the ground shifting under them; add rising energy costs, soil and water depletion, climate change – what one state did to change its agriculture future.

COMING TO GROUND is a feature length documentary (90 min) that explores the changes in Kentucky agriculture 10 years after the end of the state’s dependency on the tobacco economy.

WHEN – Premier broadcast by KET on Earth Day, April 22, 2012. At 2 p.m. EST.  A second broadcast has been scheduled on KET 2 Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 9 p.m. EST.

Produced and directed by Media Working Group’s Jean Donohue and Fred Johnson, and consulting producer, Gurney Norman.


Bill Best, sustainable farmer and seed saver, Ann Stone, organic vegetable grower; Janey Delaney Newton and Laura Riccardi-Lyvers, biodynamic farmers; Charles Smith and Mary Berry, organic wine makers; Susan Miller, goat herder and cheesemaker; father and son, John and Randy Seymour conservationists and native seed and grass developers.

Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute and author of Consulting the Genius of the Place; Roger Thomas, director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy; Martin Richards, farmer and director of the Community Farm Alliance; Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear; Susan Sweitzer from the Sustainable Food Lab; and John-Mark Hack, Governor Patton's advisor on farm policy.

The overarching goal of this project is to use to catalyze productive dialogue and raise public awareness of the urgency of policy reform for a sustainable, local, food system for future generations.

The project features documentaries, web-based social media, workshops, convened community dialogues and publishing that focus on farmers and activists who are meeting the challenges of re-envisioning a new, sustainable, earth-centered food system, and a critical opportunity in 2012 for farm policy reform.

Look forward to checking it out next month!

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.