Spread a message about the value of agriculture
As fewer Americans maintain direct ties to farming and as urban areas increase, several local organizations are working on a short film to spread a message about the value of agriculture.
Last week, Bellingham-based Hand Crank Films finished shooting footage in Whatcom County for what will be a five-minute video about the importance of farming. The video focuses on several local farmers talking about the state of the agricultural industry and providing a powerful visual message, along with a new community website for people interesting in learning more, said Chris Donaldson of Hand Crank.
The film, directed by Caleb Young, is expected to be ready in early 2012.
“We wanted to create a powerful story about farming and how it has shrunk in people’s minds,” Donaldson said.
The project was the idea of Gigi Berardi, a professor at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. Other organizations that supplied initial support include Sustainable Connections and Whatcom Farm Friends.
While Hand Crank is working on distribution plans, Donaldson said they also are counting on people doing something that has become a common way to get the message out to the world – sharing the video through Internet posts.