Join CISA for a screening of Forgotten Farms, a challenging and engrossing look at one of the most vital and least visible components of New England agriculture: dairy farms. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers, Sarah Gardner and Dave Simmonds, and farmers Darryl and Lucinda Williams of Luther Belden Farm, Jim Larson of Larson Farms, and Amy Klippenstein of Sidehill Farm.
About the film:
In more affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants, farmer’s markets and CSAs are booming and the new farmers are celebrated. But there is another farmer who is left out of the local food celebration. New England has lost over 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years; about 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, they tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. In our enthusiasm for the new food movement, these farmers at the foundation of the regional agricultural economy are often overlooked. Through conversations with farmers and policy experts, the film reconsiders the role of these vital but forgotten farmers, who will be essential players in an expanded agricultural economy.