UNITY -Â Unity College will host a special presentation on farms and farming at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Unity College Center for the performing Arts on Depot Street. Films will be starting at 7:30p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The eveningâ€™s main event will be the screening of a series of short films by filmmakers Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann entitled â€śMeet Your Farmer.â€ť These films showcase eight Maine farms, ranging from an Aroostook potato farm to a central Maine dairy farmer to a vegetable farm on the outskirts of Portland.
One of the films features the Chase family, which farms in Freedom and operates â€śChaseâ€™s Daily,â€ť a popular Belfast restaurant which builds its menu around what is available on the farm.
The films were commissioned by Maine Farmland Trust as part of its effort to spread the word about the exciting things happening with farming in Maine.
Prior to screening the films, Maine Farmland Trustâ€™s executive director, John Piotti, will offer a few remarks to help put the films into context. After the films, there will be the opportunity for the audience to ask questions of a panel of local farmers.
â€śAfter years of decline, the number of farms in Maine is growing, as more and more consumers demand local farm products,â€ť explains Piotti. â€śIf we are smart, we can position agriculture to have a very strong future in Maine,â€ť Piotti adds.
The films were premiered this past June at the Strand Theater in Rockland, and have been shown since then to enthusiastic crowds in a dozen locations around the state.
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide membership organization that works to support farming through various programs. Since its creation in 1999, the Trust has worked with over 200 farmers and farmland owners. In 2009, Maine Farmland Trust received the coveted Dirigo Award from the Maine Association of Non-Profits, as one of the best-run organizations in the state.
Contact Name: Erin Herbig Outreach Coordinator Maine Farmland Trust
Telephone Number: (207)338-6575