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.
The films feature FARMERS, AGRICULTURAL PHILOSOPHERS, SCIENTISTS, and WRITERS including –
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!