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.
Farmers, food activists, agricultural thinkers and farm policy people came together in an unprecedented movement to change agriculture in Kentucky.
Since 2002 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. How did this happen?
Coming to Ground features Mary Berry, founder of The Wendell Berry Center, Charles Smith, Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute, Roger Thomas, John-Mark Hack, Bill Best, Ann Bell Stone, John and Randy Seymour, Laura Riccardi Lyvers, Janey Norton Newton, Susan Smith, Charles Miller, cattle farmer, and Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear.
PRAISE FOR COMING TO GROUND
FESTIVALS AND PRESENTATIONS
2013 Xavier University – Xavier Sustainability sponsored a screening of Coming to Ground at Kelly Auditorium, Co-sponsored by Green Umbrella, IMAGO, InterFaith Business Builders.
2013 The Living Room Theater, Portland, Oregon
2013 - Vernonia Grange, Vernonia, Oregon
2013 – Dairy Creek Community Food Web Film Series at Forest Grove Grange Hall, Oregon
2012 BlueGrass Bioneers at the University of Louisville
2012 Community Farm Alliance’s “Farm Night Out” at Lazy Eight Stock Farm, Berea, Kentucky
2012 Kentucky Educational Television broadcast through May 30, 2012
Produced and directed by Jean Donohue and Fred Johnson, Consulting Producer Gurney Norman, in association with Media Working Group, Inc.
For more information about the production visit COMING TO GROUND.ORG
DVD 86 min.
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