At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 all are invited to a free film screening of "Farmers for America" at the Amery Classic Theatre.
"We are entering a time of unprecedented disturbance, upheaval. The average American farmer is now 60 years old. In the next 15 years, 50 percent of America's agriculture equity is going to change hands. Who's going to own this land?" said Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms.
Farmers for America is a documentary film that traces the extraordinary changes coming to America's food system as more and more consumers flock to farmers' markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles and insist on knowing
where their food is coming from. At the center of the film are the farmers, young and old, who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in common: our food. These farmers reflect nothing less than the face of America.
With the average age of today's farmer at 60, and rural America losing population as the cost of land and equipment soars, this film reveals the people waiting to take their place, the practices they're championing and the obstacles they must overcome. The film is narrated by Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch).
The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Panelists will include Rick Dado, Four Hands Holsteins; Sylvia Toftness, Bull Brook Keep farm and radio show "Deep Roots Radio"; Josh Bryceson, Turnip Rock Farm, Cosmic Wheel Creamery, and Vice President of the Wisconsin Farmers Union Polk Burnett Chapter; and Lynn Johnson, Polk County beef farmer and grazing planner for the NW Wisconsin Graziers.
This is a free event sponsored by Amery Community Education, Farm Table Foundation, Wisconsin Farmer's Union, Amery Arts Alliance, and local farmers.
Register and get tickets at farmtablefoundation.org.