Story posted February 17, 2012
Event date(s): February 17, 2012 — April 30, 2012
Meet Your Farmer, a series of eight short films about farming in Maine, is coming to Bowdoin, Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 pm in Searles Hall, room 315.
The evening event will also include remarks by John Piotti, one of Maine’s leading farm advocates, as well as a panel discussion by local farmers.
Released last year by Maine Farmland Trust, these films have now been shown on Maine Public Television and at over sixty venues across the state, but never before at Bowdoin. The films depict the great diversity of Maine agriculture, while portraying both the challenges and opportunities facing farmers in Maine. The films are the work of Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann, award-winning filmmakers from North Haven.
John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust, will introduce the films by providing an overview of what’s happening within farming in Maine. Piotti is uniquely qualified for this task, having worked at the forefront of agricultural issues in Maine for seventeen years. Outside of Maine, Piotti has served as chairman of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) and a director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. In 2005, Piotti was one of only eight Americans awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, which he used to study sustainable agriculture in Europe.
Following the films, Piotti will moderate audience questions addressed to a panel of local farmers and food supporters.
"Farming in Maine is growing and poised to grow more. The future of farming here depends on what actions are taken in the next few years. Everyone who eats has a role to play."
— John Piotti, Executive Director, Maine Farmland Trust