Farmed Out is a feature-length documentary following the tales of four American farmers and a Haitian chicken farming entrepreneur as they juggle hope, disappointment and redemption all while trying to survive against big food producers and shrinking economic success.
Starting with the history of farming, the film will cover the journey of agriculture as one of the oldest common threads in the world. We will examine the family farm and how hard work and good food has always had the ability to connect us as people. How did the early days of farming serve to bring families together both on the farm and off?
What does farming look like today, and what changes has the career farmer made to survive? Do we even know where our food comes from anymore? We will take an in depth look at the organic food movement, and how corporations are working with farmers to change the practices of food production. We will look at both sides of the issue including a fourth generation farmer’s take on removing pesticides and chemical fertilizers from his process.
How does agriculture and good, wholesome food play a role in the global problem of poverty? Why is fresh food today so expensive, and processed food cheap? How does this fact contribute to the problem of obesity and a general unhealthy society in America? Is government part of the problem? What can lawmakers do to help make cost-effective, healthy food available to poverty stricken areas of the United States?
How are other nations achieving success by implementing new farming techniques? We will learn why something as simple as raising chickens is changing lives forever in a community stricken by poverty and disease. Good things can happen all over the world when we get back to a basic principle like fresh food.
Finally, we will examine the rebirth of the farmer’s market, the trend of home honey production, and even urban chicken farmers as we struggle to get back to our roots of a pure and unprocessed lifestyle. Where do we go from here, and how can we educate ourselves to make better overall life choices, strengthen our families, and continue to celebrate the champion that is the farmer.