Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Preserving American Farmland, One Farm at a Time

Update: The Last Crop Film and One Farm at a Time Project. 
Farmers Jeff and Annie Main, from Good Humus Produce, have been working for over 10 years to ensure their land will continue to be farmed and managed organically after they retire.

The One Farm at a Time project gives community members the opportunity to invest in the future of the farms and farmers that provide their food. Jeff and Annie's farm, Good Humus Produce, located in Capay, CA, is the first family farm the project aims to preserve.

Film maker, Chuck Schultz, from BluePrint Productions and local farmer, Annie Main, join us to talk about Chuck's new film, The Last Crop, which delves into the nation-wide issue of an aging farmer population, farm succession and transition. 

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute hosted a free public screening of The Last Crop film, still a work in progress, followed by a panel presentation on Thursday, February 9th at UC Davis. View a trailer of the film here!

Panelists covered in today's show include, in order of appearance:
- Annie Main, Good Humus Produce
- Chuck Schultz, BluePrint Producitons
- Jeff Main, Good Humus Produce
- Edward Thompson, Jr, American Farmland Trust
- Melanie Madden, Davis Food Co-op 
- Rich Leavy, Full Belly Farm
- Jennifer Taylor, Center for Landbased Learning

To learn more about preserving American farmland, visit American Farmland Trust. To learn more about connecting beginning farmers in California to opportunities on existing farmland, visit California Farm Link.

March 5th was a day of action across the nation!
- Sac Bee: Protestors begin march on California Capitol
- Grist.org: Publix humiliation: Workers, students fasting for fair food

This week's show featured Chris Dorman, Sufjan Stevens, Sandrine Kibertain, Les Escrocs, Te Vaka and Barefoot.

To listen to this week's show, visit this show link. Enjoy!
You can also download the audio file by right clicking on the link and saving it to your hard drive!

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