Some of the most driving issues pertaining to farming, farm families, and the communities they support will be raised during an airing of, Voices of Minnesota Farm Women, on Friday, April 7, in Plainviews Jon Hassler Theater. The film will start at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion and reception. Tickets at the door are $10 for Land Stewardship Project members and $12 for all others. Please RSVP by calling 507-523-3366. The theater is located at 412 W. Broadway.
The 30-minute film provides an oral history of 10 contemporary Minnesota farmers as they go about their lives, farming with principles you can live by,as one farmer puts it. During the interviews by producer and filmmaker Cynthia Vagnetti, the women describe the changes they have made on their farms and the responsibility they feel for raising good food and sustaining their rural communities.
Its not just about selling something for a profit, said one farmer in the film. Its got to be boiled down to people. In the documentary, the farmers discuss the issues that drive their farming decisions, including the need to involve children, to produce healthy soil, and the challenge of learning how to market their products in very different ways than generations gone by.
Dairy, poultry, goats, flowers, grapes, vegetables, farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture, rotational grazing and on-farm processing are among the enterprises represented as the audience is taken on a journey between farms.
The film will be followed by a discussion with local farmers and others directly involved in using locally raised food in their restaurants, nursing homes, grocery stores and other places in a regional food system. A reception featuring refreshments produced by area women farmers will end the evening.
Raised a city girl and a dental hygienist by training, producer Vagnetti has been documenting the American farm story since 1989. Voices of American Farm Women, based on 40 videotaped oral history interviews, is currently on a national tour. The Minnesota film is the latest of four such documentaries; it is sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project.