Larry Korn, Translator of Masanobu Fukuoka’s “The One-Straw Revolution”, and author of “One-Straw
Revolutionary: The Philosophy and Work of Masanobu Fukuoka”, was kind enough to provide “…a short testimonial for your wonderful and beautifully produced film, Polyfaces…” saying that, “…I loved it…”
“…Polyface Farm, Joel and Lucille Salatin’s farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is
an outstanding demonstration of a way of living and a way of farming in which both
people and nature benefit. It is more than simply sustainable; despite intensive
agricultural use, diversity and soil fertile actually increase with each passing year. This is
accomplished by avoiding tillage and the use of agricultural chemicals, using mixed
species pastures, regularly rotating the animals from one pasture to another, and raising
plant crops and animals together.
The inspiring and beautifully produced film, ‘Polyfaces’, describes this unique farm
including the community of young interns who come to work there each year. It even
follows several of them after they leave their training to start farms of their own. I think it
would be great if every teenager could see this film and then decide for themselves
whether or not to give diversified, small-scale farming a try…”
We’re so proud to have one our 2nd award, this time the ‘Festival Spirit Award‘ at the Weyauwega International Film Festival in Wisconsin, USA.
Following is the award statement by Kathy Fehl, Artistic Director of Wega Arts and Festival Juror:
“…This addresses a crisis situation in the United States. The problem is not new, but the window for a constructive solution is narrowing. Family farms are being consumed by big agricultural companies. The effect not only robs us of a nostalgic vision of barns and roaming cows; the food produced on huge farms does not contain the nutrients we all need and the soil is being plundered and rendered increasingly…dead.
Many people across the world have accepted the truism that with an increasing population it is necessary to have factory farms and GMO. Intuitively, this idea is latched onto as a pragmatic fact that only hippy dippy folk deny. In fact, the counter intuitive, the opposite, can be substantiated. Small farms managed with the goal of a symbiotic relationship between food, soil, labor and people is better for the economies of communities and nations, for the health of people, and for the dignity of those who work for a living. The term used to describe these farms is ‘sustainable’.
Polyfaces, the movie, by detailing the history and the daily life of just such a farm, communicates to the public the advantages and the viability of sustainable farming. The importance of building a movement that will convince families sick of life in cities, families tired of eating processed or depleted food, that they can build a life on a relatively small amount of acreage is huge.
Dan Solberg and his family, who are depicted as interns at Polyface, now farm near Princeton, Wisconsin. They attended the screening at the Weyauwega International Film Festival. They spoke eloquently of the way of life they are pursuing, despite its many challenges.
We were moved and inspired by Polyfaces, and want to see the message out. Wisconsin has a farming heritage and it would be great to see the intelligent, earth and people friendly methods employed at Polyface become the standard here. Therefore, filled with a sense of possibility, we awarded the film the Festival Spirit Award…”
In the next issue of the ‘Stewardculture‘ magazine, editor Dan Grubbs has completed a review of the ‘Polyfaces’ film.
Dan prefaced this review with the following,
“…I’ve had the honor of pre-screening the new documentary ‘Polyfaces’. I encourage you to read our full review at the link below, but for you speed readers, this film will be a watershed moment in the positive changes in broadacre agriculture because it explains that the real agents of change are not soil scientists or lunatic farmers. The real agents of change are consumers who can, by their purchasing decisions, improve landscapes and human health. Salute to Lisa, Isaebella, Darren and their team for getting this truth out there…”
Read the full review here:
Photo Credit: Fran Collin
Bestselling author, journalist and advocate Michael Pollan has added his name to the growing chorus of people applauding the ‘Polyfaces’ film,
“…I have no doubt your film will fill young people with optimism and stoke their desire to farm. I can’t imagine watching it as a 20 year old and not deciding this is what I want to do…”
We made ‘Polyfaces’ to show that stewarding the land can be a fulfilling and viable profession — and to inspire people to seek out local, regenerative farmers and support them.
One of our good friends recently sent the ‘Polyfaces’ review screener to Hollywood legend and multi Oscar® winning producer Harvey Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein was gracious enough to allow us to share his personal note with you all,
“…Thank you for sending us POLYFACES. It’s an ambitious project, and truly inspiring. The message is clear, regenerating soil is what will save the world. Lisa and Darren did a beautiful job with this…”
Regrarians Media are very proud and honoured to announce that the ‘Polyfaces‘ film has been included in the ‘Official Selection‘ list of the 2015 Life Sciences Film Festival (LSFF) — this year’s festival theme is “Our Relationship to Food”. Running between October 12-17, this fantastic Prague-based (Czech Republic) festival features 143 films from all over the world with 49 making the ‘Official Selection’ cut.
This event will also be the World Premiere of the’Polyfaces‘ film ahead of its showings in the USA from November (announcements coming!).
We would like to thanks the organisers of the Life Sciences Film Festival for granting us this honour and we look forward to being there for the opening in Prague next month!
The Regrarians Media team is really pleased to open the new Polyfaces.com website – the official pages for the soon to be released ‘Polyfaces’ film.
We have to thank for this website the wonderful and talented trio of Smilyan Pavlov (Web Graphics and Master), Greer Burton (Cover Artwork and Graphic Design) and our own Isaebella Doherty for her radiant imagery, photography and font selection.
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