From Seed to Seed
Catalogue Number: GLP000
Producer: Growing Local Productions
Producing Agencies: Growing Local Productions
Subject: Agriculture, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health, Science, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 86:39
The joy and heartfelt struggle of a Canadian family to sustain their organic farm in a changing climate.
In Southern Manitoba, in the Mennonite village of Neubergthal, Terry Mierau and Monique Scholte are pouring their hearts into a small, ecological family farm. In love with their land, their methods are derived from generations of farming traditions, along with the best current knowledge of organic farming. Raising crops and several types of livestock, they struggle mightily against a force their agricultural predecessors never anticipated – global climate change. Taking back plant breeding from big industry, they work with Professor Martin Entz, University of MB, to breed new varieties of potatoes, and acquire Syrian basil seeds from newcomers to the community.
Depicting large as well as small operations, the film shows what farmers are up against, and how determined many are to adopt environmentally responsible strategies, despite the seductive conveniences of modern agricultural practices. Farmers are taking plant breeding back from big industry, and Manitoba has many seed security experts and a seed sharing program. Through one setback after another, the film’s subjects display tenacity, endurance, humour and a sustaining dedication to family and community.
From Seed to Seed exemplifies the best qualities of those who farm, and provides a hopeful look at a modern movement that will prove vital in turning the tide of environmental destruction and climate change.
Winner: Best of the Fest, 2019 Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Golden, CO
Winner: Best Documentary, Big Water Film Festival, Ashland, Wisconsin
Winner: Utopian Visions Award, Utopia Film Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland
Winner: Audience Choice Award, 2019 Soo Film Festival, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Winner: Civil Eye Award, ARC Film Festival, Mainz, Germany
Winner: Best Documentary Film, Peter C. Rollins Award, Popular Culture Association, DC
Winner: Best Environmental Film – Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, Ridgefield, CT
Winner: Best Documentary Film – Seneca Film Festival, NY State
Winner: Best Feature Film 2019, Hon. Mention, ELEMENTS Environmental Film Festival, Vancouver, BC
Finalist Jury Award - Kansas International Film Festival, Kansas City, KS
Finalist Best Feature Documentary - 11th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
Nomination Best Feature Documentary – Central Alberta Film Festival, Red Deer, AB
Winner - Presidents Award at the 15th Beloit International Film Festival, WI - February 2020
Nomination Best Documentary Award at the 15th Beloit International Film Festival, WI - February 2020
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