Traveling back to D.C. by bus was a little anti-climatic. But now that we’re here we have our work cut out for us with coordinating the editing and production of the documentary, writing more essays about the projects and people we visited, pitching our pieces to niche media, food justice conferences, regional farming organizations – anywhere we can disseminate all of the information we’ve picked up along the way.
The message is important and timely. We believe the plight of the small farmer is intrinsically connected to the future of food in urban areas – and the struggle to increase access to local, fresh foods in marginalized communities.
Farmer’s markets are growing at an incredible rate. Growers sustain their livelihood in nontraditional ways – by teaming up with non-profits, by marketing their sustainable practices as an added value, by taking on interns and young people to pass on their knowledge.
On the road, we met people like us – young women from urban backgrounds – who are trying their hand at the hard work of farming. Over and over again we met individuals who are redefining what it means to lead a ‘good life’. And now there are more and more options for those who want to have a connection to the earth to also be connected to urban communities – we saw this clearly in places like the Intervale in Burlington, VT and The Food Project farm in Lincoln, Mass.
Being a farmer doesn’t mean you’re on your own anymore – with markets, networks and an increasing interest in where food comes from – support for sustainable agriculture is growing and growing.
We envision our film as a portrayal of the positive future of farming – with the wit and wisdom of the folks who are doing it in the Northeast U.S. Think ethnographic film of the many faces and approaches to mostly urban agriculture, with some diverse rural examples thrown in – all connected by our zany road-trip antics and bicycle debauchery.
If you live in D.C., you can support our upcoming film by showing up to our upcoming fundraiser events – including the Schoolyard Garden Bike Hop on October 20th and a Spooky Halloween Bicycle Scavenger Hunt TBA. All funds rasied will be used to produce our documentary. If you feel inspired and want to send us a donation, email us at gardencycles [at] gmail.com for an address.
Thanks and stay tuned!