Coming to Ground
No longer able to depend on tobacco as a cash crop, Kentucky farmers find the ground shifting under them; add rising energy costs, soil and water depletion, and climate change; this could be a moment of catastrophic change
COMING TO GROUND chronicles the struggles of Kentucky farmers, government officials, and policy makers as they move away from dependency on the global tobacco and petroleum economies to a more sustainable and sane agricultural economy.
Kentucky’s farming and food culture has undergone a sea change. Although small farms and farmers continue to disappear, Kentucky ranks #2nd in the U.S. for the number of small family farms. Over the last decade there has been an explosion of crop diversity, environmental innovation, sustainable and organic farms, along with sharp growth in farmer’s markets, regional infra-structure and agricultural enterprise.
Coming to Ground features Mary Berry Smith, Charles Smith, Wes Jackson, Roger Thomas, John-Mark Hack, Bill Best, Ann Bell Stone, John and Randy Seymour, Laura Riccardi Lyvers, Janey Norton Newton, Susan Smith, Charles Miller, and Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear.
Producers Jean Donohue and Fred Johnson
Consulting Producer Gurney Norman
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DVD 86 min.
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