GROW! A documentary that captures the energy, passion, and independence of a fresh crop of young farmers…

GROW! A 60 minute documentary that captures the energy and independence of a fresh crop of young farmers.
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It’s not just ‘Old MacDonald’ on the farm anymore. All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Armed with college degrees, some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump. Fed up with corporate America and its influence on a broken food system, they aim to solve some of the current system’s inequities by growing clean, fair food. Mostly landless, they borrow, rent or manage farmland in order to fulfill their dreams of doing something meaningful with their lives.

GROW! Takes a look at this new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers. In the film they speak of both the joys and the challenges involved in tending the land.

Filmed on 12 farms throughout the state of Georgia during an entire growing season, GROW! Provides an honest and inspiring look at this next generation of farmers.

Anybody who appreciates the value of good, wholesome food grown close to home, who cares about our food supply and the future of farming will want to see GROW!,

Vote Yes on Prop 37!

In the past several months, the Yes on 37 campaign to label genetically engineered foods has seen excitement around this David vs Goliath grassroots effort take off. Already giant chemical and pesticide companies have amassed a $27 million war chest to defeat your Right to Know what’s in your food. Monsanto has donated $4.2 million and DuPont is in for $4 million…

But we’re fighting back!

This week, Yes on 37 launches a series of 60 second ads that will air across Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego media markets, to coincide with meal times.

As you know, every day many Californians eat genetically engineered foods but they don’t realize it.

Today, a growing body of research linking GMOs to health problems, and intensifying debate amongst scientists as to their safety and these ads make a simple yet powerful point — Californians have the right to know what’s in the food they are eating every day, and the right to choose whether to feed it to their families.  Proposition 37 gives us that right by requiring GMOs to be clearly labeled.

The Truth About the Opposition

Our ad launch follows the Yes on 37’s first TV ad, which chronicled the long pattern of false consumer health claims made by the leading backers of the No On 37 campaign — which have included vouching for the safety of DDT, Agent Orange, and cigarettes.

Californians are already skepticalabout the wild and inaccurate claims by the opposition and as more people learn about this initiative and the dubious credibility of the pesticide and junk food companies spending $27 million to keep them in the dark, the momentum behind our historic grassroots campaign for common sense food transparency continues to grow.

Why We’ll Win – Truth and Momentum

The most recent polling in the race, released this week by Pepperdine University shows Yes on 37 Campaign at 67% support – up 41 points over its opposition.

Joined most recently by national grocery retailer Whole Foods, the City Councils of Berkeley and Pacifica, the North County Times and the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, more than 2,000 groups have now joined the Yes on 37, the California Right to Know Campaign — a diverse coalition that includes media outlets, elected officials, food manufacturers and retailers, and leading consumer,  environmental, farming, health, women’s, faith-based, political and labor organizations.

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle

An accessible and balanced account, Food Politics laid the groundwork for today’s food revolution and changed the way we respond to food industry marketing practices. Now, a new introduction and concluding chapter bring us up to date on the key events in that movement. This pathbreaking, prize-winning book helps us understand more clearly than ever before what we eat and why.

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle

Farmer Jane: Women Changing The Way We Eat by Temra Costa

Temra Costa is a tireless advocate for small-scale and sustainable farming in California. Farmer Jane is a work about good stewardship of the land and it is a joy to see so many peers, colleagues and friends honoured in this wonderful anthology.

Farmer Jane: Women Changing The Way We Eat by Temra Costa

The Farm: An Agricultural Time Capsule Since 1961

For over 50 years Sharon Linsenbardt has raised animals here in the Las Vegas Valley and her family dates back to the 1920’s. What we hope to create is way for us to reach out and to educate, motivate and hopefully always, to entertain. We understand that while we have been farming and using almost the same methods for five decades that a lot has changed about how people receive information.

Sharon says, we love the idea of having our own radio show and broadcasting right here from the farm. You’ll be able to connect and hear real people talk about life in this valley and to learn about the products we produce right here, right in the middle of one of the hottest and driest deserts in the world.

We can’t wait to introduce you to all of our animals, each one is unique and has its own wonderful but sometimes sad story about how they found their way to The Farm. But now every single animal, bird and yes, even fish, is protected, loved and lives a secure and safe life.

Above all I hope you can come visit us. We’re located in the northwest part on Las Vegas on the corner of Tenaya and Grand Teton. The address is 7222 W. Grand Teton Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89131. You can reach us by phone at 702-982-8000. On the top of our to-do list is to provide you with a simple Google Map link.

All our eggs, chicken, duck, goose, quail and even peacock eggs are produced right here on the farm; they just don’t come any fresher, and can be purchased on any Saturday or Sunday. And we also produce our own honey, jams and breads and during the Fall season, our own wonderful breads.

Bring the kids, they’re some of our biggest fans, and just enjoy yourself, just like we did 50 years ago. Nothing much has changed and most people think that is our appeal.

Sharon could use some assistance: Help save a true piece of Americana. SAVE THE FARM HOTLINE 888.871.4588

Farmers Veterans Coalition’s mission is to mobilize veterans to feed America

The Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC) was founded by farmers and food industry leaders with long histories in overcoming the agricultural, managerial, financial, and marketing obstacles to be successful in their work. The coalition seeks to simultaneously assist the farming community by developing a new generation of farmers and to help our returning veterans find viable careers and means to heal on America’s farms. The goal of our work is to share our experiences with recent military veterans and to assist them in using their many relevant skills to create a new generation of innovative, ecological, and financially successful young farmers. Our program has the ability to help veterans reduce risk and become successful farmers by utilizing the many specific and unique resources available to help military veterans starting businesses, buying land, or overcoming disabilities.

Michael Gorman and his dedicated team are doing the work. Contact them if your are an interested veteran of send a donation to assist this worthy mission.