Occupy the Farm Film is a Social Phenomenon–Leslie Goldman, Plant Your Dream Blog
This is a Plant Your Dream Blog I am writing now….
“Something in this film made me weep. It touched me deeply.”–Leslie Goldman, Plant Your Dream Blog
A number of my friends came to the showing. It was quite a night for us.
EFFIE RAWLINGS AND A NEW BREED OF FARMERS ARE RISING
“This is the true myth of America. She starts old, old, wrinkled and writhing in an old skin. And there is gradual sloughing off of the old skin, towards a new youth. It is the myth of America.–D.H. Lawrence
Something in this film directed by Todd Darling, produced by Steve Brown made me weep. Maybe it is because I have lived long enough to know when history is being archived, and Occupy The Farm, the Movie, records an evolutionary shift, a shift back to local people reclaiming the right to grow their own food. This is our birthright, and nothing–be it corporate interests–or loss of connection with the earth itself–will ever take that impulse away from the human soul.
The youth in this film will be remembered. Take for example Effie Rawlings, one of the key individuals who led the charge to reclaim this community asset called the Gill Tract Community Farm. In writing about the film, I found it difficult to hold back the punchline. Where does filmmaking end and the ongoing struggle to ask the University of Berkeley, where basically Genetic Engineering began, to hold back from commercially developing the last remaining farmland in the East Bay region of their area. UC Berkeley basically wants the remaining public land of the Gill Tract to be privatized because they need the funds.
The movie raises many themes, some obvert, some more subtle.
Effie Rawlings, for example. The film names her a grad of UC Berkeley, class of 2010. In the film, she calls herself a farmer. I have seen this trend in my own San Diego Community. Graduates trained perhaps to hone their fine minds, and who have graduated in disciplines intended to work them into a dying system, are finding value in returning to meaningful and sustaining activity behind plowshares.
Truly, the film makes a point that I have experienced in my own Food Justice work. There is something educational and deep in working with others that cannot be taught in the classroom, but moreso in the farm field. For no other reason, UC Berkeley would benefit from hearing the cry and the wishes of its student activists and community involved here.
What the youth and community did here and learned together–and that the film shows clearly–is something that the New York Times Reviewers will never grok because it may be beyond their experience–so far. When disaster strikes such as earthquakes & 911 buildings falling, people step up to help and pitch in.
We are in a disaster, a food growing disaster, a right to know what is in our food disaster, and these students are responding to a call to regain our know how to grow our own food.
Congrats to the makers of this film for Occupying the Occupiers.mBravo, students and community. Farm on!
Do not miss this film now in an initial pre-lim run. Tell your friends. Spread the word that more Regal Cinemas invite its showing.
Leslie Goldman, Your Enchanted Gardener, Plant Your Dream Blog
Nov 15, 2014; 1:21 pm
THE OFFICIAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
10,294 November 15, 2014;10:58 pm
ACTION STEPS FOR NOW NOVEMBER 22, 2014 Update:
“Grow food everywhere!” See Occupy The Farm in 19 cities across America, with one more addition next weekend making 20 total.
Help bring this to 200 cities! The more people who see the film on opening weekend, the more cities we can bring it to in theaters, schools and community screenings. Please go to http://fb.com/occupythefarmfilm/events and invite your friends. This is people-powered and we need your help.
Sign the Petition:
“Practical agriculture knowledge is in high demand from students who recognize the magnitude of the changes that will need to occur in our food system if we are to sustainably feed all communities and adapt to the imminent specter of climate change that already marks our generation,” –from a student letter to Dean J Keith Gilless, March 2014. Dean Gilless is a main player in the film, “Occupy The Farm.”
A Food Initiative on the Gill Tract Farm http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/a-food-initiative-onThis is the petition that was part of the presentation given to the UC Berkeley Administrator Dirks at their meeting November 14, 2014, https://sealstudents.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/final-report-for-dirks.pdf The Petition has 2678 signatures as of November 22, 2014. It wants 3000 now.
OTHER BLOGS IN THIS SERIES
On the Phone with Todd Darling, Director of Occupy The Farm
Looking at the Ag Research done on Gill Tract
This, so far, is a research blog. It appears that genetic engineering has been going on within proximity of the Gill Tract Community Garden for many years. While Biological control of pest research came out of this farm land years ago, the current “plot”, before student activities claimed a portion of the land, was solely toward gene research, as well as seeing privatizing the land as a source of needed income. It would be interesting to use strictly organic and non gmo heirloom seeds (and non GMO corn seeds) at the Gill Tract community farm and them see if these plants show signs of transgenic contamination. This would not be too difficult to test and might provide more confirmation–as suggested by Berkeley professor Ignacio Chapela that transgenes will contaminate organic corn. The Chapela research said that trangenic corn would contaminate non-GMO corn. At this point in my research, I am not sure if epigenetic corn research is also capable of contaminating non GMO plants.
Date: 11/15/2014 9:39:59 PM ( 123 min ) … viewed 16 times
THE UA HORTON PLAZA, SAN DIEGO WAS ONE OF THE 20 CITIES WHERE “OCCUPY THE FARM” WAS FEATURED
Jimbo’s Naturally, a great supporter of non GMO Activities, is located in the Horton Plaza where The UA is located.
I am setting in motion a plan to have Jimbos sponsor a one night showing of the film with enough lead time.
TWITTER OCCUPY THE FARM FILM
TWITTER OCCUPY THE FARM
GILL TRACT HASHTAG
THE RIGHT TO KNOW AND THE KNOW HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD GO HAND IN HAND
#Yeson92 @Oregonrighttoknow @occupyfarmfilm The Right to Know & Know How to grow food go hand in hand. http://plantyourdream.net/?p=19346
TWITTER Oregon Right to Know
The most recent vote in Oregon–points out the need for more education on the ground about GMOs. The Urban Agriculture movement is part of the GMO Education.
TWITTER HASHTAG YES ON 92 in Oregon
893,806 1:50 PM; November 15, 2014
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894,694 5:03 am; November 16, 2014
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896,504 9:51 pm; November 17, 2014
897,297. 10:20 am; November 18, 2014
898,197; 12L17 pm; November 19, 2014
902, 759; 11:11 am Saturday, November 22, 2014
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911,844 7:29 am; Monday, December 1, 2014
912,530; 7:06 am; Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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