Showings of the farming documentary “Grow!” which has won numerous awards, will be hosted by Rappahannock Community College on October 11 and 12. Each showing of the 60-minute film will be followed by a discussion with a local farmer. At Glenns, the discussion will be led by Karen Doyle, owner of Georgiatown Farms in White Stone, who raises and sells free-range heritage pork, chickens, geese, sheep and other products throughout eastern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Warsaw speaker will be Dana Boyle of Garner’s Produce in Westmoreland County. Boyle is a fifth-generation farmer operating an award-winning farm that sells to restaurants and consumers throughout Virginia.
“Grow!” captures the energy and independence of a fresh crop of young farmers. All across the United States there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Many of them are armed with college degrees, but have been unable to find jobs in the current economic slump. They oppose corporate America’s influence on a “broken” food system, and aim to solve some of the current inequities by using sustainable practices to grow wholesome food that can be sold at a fair price. Though most of them do not own land, they borrow, rent, or manage farms in order to fulfill their dreams of doing something meaningful with their lives.
The film looks through the eyes, hearts, and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic, and fiercely independent young farmers. They speak of the joys—and the challenges—involved in serving 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 new generation of farmers.
The October 11 showing of “Grow!” will take place at RCC’s Glenns Campus, and the October 12 showing at Warsaw. Both will begin at 7 p.m. in the campus lecture halls. Viewers who need special accommodations because of disabilities or other issues should call Charlene Talcott at 804-333-6734.