A short message from the Director of Addicted to Sheep

Video produced by: Magali Pettier

From the filmmakers:

4 years in the making, please can you give us 3 minutes of your time. Enjoy watching a little hello from the Director Magali about her very personal filmmaking journey.

We have the footage, we have the team, but we now need your help to complete the film! Support us by visiting our website donate page and sharing this film on social media too.

Every pledge, however small will go towards completing the final film.

Please Watch, Pledge and Share:

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Future Farmers Special Interview with Christian Vieth

Future Farmer Films is a series of short documentaries about young organic farmers who set up viable farms initiatives. Be inspired!

Video from future-farmers.net

From the filmmakers:

Hofgruender.de is a German initiative which connects the young generation of farmers without land and farm with the older generation of farmers who are on the search for a successor.

The extra familial hand-over of farms is currently hardly at stake and has moved in the public eye since the set-up of the initiative. Hofgruender.de provides profound information and support for young farmers in spe and for the older generation of farmers looking for a successor. A role model for other European countries?

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Excerpt from the documentary: “The Beekeeper”

Naming a Bee Epidemic

To learn more and to purchase “The Beekeeper” visit: thebeekeepernyc.com

From the filmmakers:

At the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland, Research Leader Jeff Pettis coined the term, “Colony Collapse Disorder,” in 2006 to describe the abrupt die-offs of bee hives experienced by beekeepers in the United States. Today, Pettis thinks that a more descriptive name for the affliction is “Colony Collapse Syndrome.” Although Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) still affects bee stock across the country, the syndrome accounts for only about 30 percent of total bee losses each year. A 2013 USDA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report listed multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. One positive effect of CCD, Pettis says, is that the publicity it generated has made the public more aware of the importance of bees to food production while igniting new interest in beekeeping.

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About Harvest interview with Executive Producer of “The Beekeeper”, Susan Sfarra:

AH: Please tell us about the documentary project, “The Beekeeper”

SS:Honey bees have always been a part of New York City life. Beehives dotted roofs of hospitals, orphanages, and tenements until beekeeping gradually fell out of fashion as cities became less agricultural and more cosmopolitan. Then in 1999, beekeeping in New York City was banned outright. But the harrowing reports of colony collapse disorder in 2007 created an international focus on honey bees, with concerned citizens all over the world rushing to aid the ailing bee. New Yorkers fought to have the ban lifted in 2010, and since then there has been an explosion of interest in beekeeping in New York City. The Beekeeper is a documentary that takes place on rooftops and bee yards across the boroughs to follow a beekeeping season in New York City shortly after the ban was overturned.

AH:What brought you to want to make this documentary?

SS:Several films already have explored well the large-scale issues around bee health as it relates to commercial beekeeping. The average person now knows how important bees are to our pollination needs, and they also know that bee health is not as strong as it should be. Yet, there hasn’t been a film that looks at beekeeping in our communities. Urban environments are often good for bees in that there is a wide variety of food sources and typically little pesticide use. If our own communities are healthy environments, bees in our communities should be thriving. In following a season of beekeeping in New York City, we are able to observe a relationship between humans and honey bees, and between humans and humans. Looking at these everyday interactions explores what’s plaguing honey bees from a different angle. If we’re not considering the bees and putting our own interests first, whether it’s on a small or a large scale, there are going to be problems for bees.

AH: What have you found to be the primary challenges folks just getting into bee keeping face?

SS:It is relatively easy to get started keeping bees. With just a couple hundred dollars of equipment and a package of honey bees, you can become a beekeeper. However, it’s not something you can learn online or during a weekend course. Many beekeepers I have talked to who have been keeping bees for many years tell me that they are constantly learning. It seems the longer you keep bees the more you realize there is to learn. Each season is different; each hive is different; there are so many issues that affect bees. But the work is over and over again described as calming and enriching. It’s not about how many bottles of honey you produce. The rewards come from interacting with that social network inside a beehive.

AH:What exactly is CCD and what is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about it so far?

SS:Colony Collapse Disorder, CCD, occurs when the worker bee population needed to sustain the hive suddenly disappears. It’s interesting to note that the phenomenon of “disappearing disease” in honey bee colonies is not new. It’s existed for well over a hundred years, though occurrences were always limited. Over the past several decades numbers of honey bee colonies have been steadily declining as a result of a whole host of factors. The appearance of CCD a few years ago created even more sharp declines in honey bee losses and added to an already serious problem. We’ve altered our environment in plenty of ways that have made life more difficult for pollinators. However, honey bee losses have been decreasing over the past few years, and hopefully that trend will continue.

AH:What comes next for The Beekeeper documentary?

SS:The Beekeeper is newly available on digital platforms like iTunes. Whereas honey bees live in communities in which the group is more important than the individual, this is not always the case with humans. I hope audiences watch the film and agree we need to act in ways that positively affect our communities. We need to consider each other more. And, most of all, we need to consider the bees.

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Coconut: Nose to Tail


“The coconut tree is very precious to us.”

Video from theperennialplate.com

From the filmmakers:

In Sri Lanka, the coconut is, in a sense, a source of life. Not only it is the main ingredient in most Sri Lankan dishes, but it also plays a major role in many non-culinary parts of every day life. Without the coconut, things in Sri Lanka would be very different. We spent the day with a family of 8 on their modest coconut plantation outside of Negombo, where they showed us all this fruit (nut?.. seed?..) has to offer.

Created by: theperennialplate.com
In Partnership with Intrepid Travel: intrepidtravel.com/food/

Filmed & edited by:
Daniel Klein: twitter.com/perennialplate
Mirra Fine: twitter.com/kaleandcola
Music: “Sex on the Beach” by The Guadaloop: soundcloud.com/the-guadaloop
Filmed on 5d Mark iii w Canon 24-70, 70-200 2.8 L

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Farm Advocacy Spotlight: Benny Bunting

He’s just like a farmer’s preacher…

Film courtesy of The Rural Advancement Foundation International

The story of Benny Bunting, lead Farm Advocate at the Rural Advancement Foundation Interternational

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How to Dice a Carrot

Two San Francisco Bay Area Chefs Share Cooking Techniques

Video by Dear Martini

Tips on how to square off the carrot with how to cut into small or medium dice.

Visit their twitter page here: @DearMartini

Visit the Dear Martini website (and get great recipes!) here at: www.dearmartini.net

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Sapelo

“Everybody knows Sapelo Island for the red peas…”

Film courtesy of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi.

For more SFA films, visit www.southernfoodways.org.

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Maple Valley Cooperative: Meet your Maple Farmers

Video produced by: Deann Horack

Maple Valley Cooperative is the largest organic producer of maple syrup in the United States. See where your syrup comes from and meet the farmers that make it.

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The Flower of Corn

Video from theperennialplate.com

From the filmmakers:

When we were researching stories for Mexico, several people mentioned that we had to speak with Amado from Itanoni, he is the “corn guru” they said. His restaurant serves only the most traditional of Mexican foods, showcasing the various organic corns, harvest by local Oaxacan farmers in their purest form. But beyond the taste of history and tradition, Amado brings a poetic truth about the power of this ancient grain.

Created by: theperennialplate.com
In Partnership with: intrepidtravel.com/food/
Filmed & edited by: Daniel Klein ( twitter.com/perennialplate/ ) & Mirra Fine ( twitter.com/kaleandcola/)
Music:
- Sonya Cotton: sonyacotton.com/
- Agali Ag Amoumine: sahelsounds.bandcamp.com/album/takamba
- Orange Mighty Trio: orangemightytrio.com/OMT/Home.html

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