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To Make a Farm 2013

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In a world of environmental and agricultural destruction from large corporate farming, what does future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers. Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival. A FilmBuff Presentation.

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Genres Documentary, Kids & Family
Director Steven Suderman
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating Unrated (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I wasn't sure what to make of this film when I downloaded it but I really loved it. I am a self proclaimed foodie and backyard farmer. I was impressed to see the current generation willing to get their hands dirty and work. Farming is work, hard work. But, it also is incredibly rewarding. The film was very accurate in showing the realities of dealing with animals and farming. Hit home with me. I think the biggest mistake we have made is removing ourselves from how our food is produced and where it is produced. No one seems to really care. I do.
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"Farming challenges me in all sorts of different ways. I felt like I was becoming human - learning to use my head, my heart and my hands all at the same time. It was making me into a whole person and I didn't realize I was so fragmented before I started farming. " Nathan Carey, Green Being Farm

That quote from the movie really resonated with me. As my wife and I work to build our small farm I have had those same feelings but had yet to articulate them as well. Whether you work a small garden, farm or want to be closer to your food, you'll likely find this movie educational, entertaining and motivational.
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This is a well shot film; five stars for cinematography (Director Steve Suderman and editor Jack Dzuba do amazing work here.) The idea and the subject matter is also very cool and very important; five stars for theme.

But the farmers? These very nice, very well-off folks looking to return to the land? They all seem like great people; and their projects are pretty damn sweet, too. But I'm not sure that romanticizing the struggles of five well-meaning, well-off hobbyists is doing anyone any favors. The amount of money required to buy and set up each of these organic businesses is substantial. You can't just decide one day, for example: "Hey, I'll leave suburbia, go buy a farm, and give my pigs kisses and belly rubs before I truck them off to the slaughterhouse." You need money -- and quite a bit of it -- to take that kind of risk. The film doesn't give any specifics about the economics of these projects. That seems like an error IMHO, especially since the socio-economics of organic farming is partly what the film claims to be about. Where did the financing come from? Who is paying for these experiments? If the idea is to inspire other to take this leap or to educate us on the real complexities involved, then talk to us about the hard details, the money, not just the beautiful morning sunshine. The subtle bashing of traditional farms was also a little annoying. Sure, those of us in the first world who have the privilege of enjoying, eating, and advocating for organic foods can complain all we want about the evils of agribusiness. (And there are many, to be sure, make no mistake about it.) But try telling that to a mother in Somalia who is counting on mass produced, genetically enhanced grains to save her family's life.
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I am a 50 year old mechanical engineer very interested in backyard farming an market farming. I liked this video, but it lacked a little depth and only chronicled three different farms. And only one of those farms seemed to really be serious about what they were doing and that it wasn't a hobby. All the farms were in Canada, which isn't good or bad and just FYI. The overall mood of the film is somewhat grey and foreboding and focuses mostly on hardships and struggles. I think the movie titled Grow is a better choice if you are looking for a better cross-section of farmers and information with a balanced overview about starting a small sustainable farm. But watching both movies wouldn't be the worse choice either.
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Three farms, 2 couples and one young man trying to settle down and get roots after spending his twenties gaining experiences across the globe! Knowing small farm life for twenty years myself, I think this is an excellent and real portrait of life on a small farm, for anyone considering giving it a go. It is rich hard work that "grows" you.
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This film really gives you a sense of what it's like for young people taking on the adventure of starting and maintaining their own farms, and how farming affects their lives. One of the things that's refreshing about this film is that it's simply an intimate view of what it might be like for small organic farmers, without much political commentary.

The filmography is gorgeous. Too bad it wasn't longer!
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Good job done by Steven Suderman. From my farmer's perspective, anybody who has the love of the soil and animals in their blood will enjoy and be inspired by this documentary. There is a lot of heartbreak and struggle to grow plants and animals for food. It is not Disney World out here. I do hope the young people in this story stay with it. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to send your beloved animals to slaughter or watch the weather or disease destroy crops, but that makes one appreciate the successes more. We never can slaughter our own stock. It is just not in us, so we trade off and do something in return for the service like haul manure, help with chores, or pay for the service outright. I never want to know if that is "Brownie or Guss" in my freezer. I could not help but bawl when those piggies had to go. Anyhow, these young people show the true spirit of what it takes to make it. We are rooting for their success.
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