With the average age of farmers in the U.S. currently at 57, it’s critical to encourage more young people to take up the plow. GROW! profiles a new crop of idealistic young farmers who have turned to the fields for a more fulfilling life, driven also by a strong desire to change how our food is grown.
Filmed on 12 different farms throughout the state of Georgia during an entire growing season, GROW! provides an honest and inspiring look at this next generation of farmers.
There is an emerging movement of young people, both women and men, who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Many are college-educated, and some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump. Not happy with their current lives and what they see as a broken food system, they aim to fix some of the current shortcomings by growing and distributing food locally and in a more sustainable manner.
To start off, they often must borrow, rent or manage farmland in order to fulfill their dreams. Some begin as apprentices, working with experienced farmers to learn the basics before venturing out on their own.
GROW! takes an engaging and personal look at this new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers. In the film they speak of both the joys and the challenges involved in tending the land, from unpredictable weather and equipment breakdowns, to keeping their crops healthy. They also clearly present what motivates them, and what it takes to be successful as a farmer.
The film provides inspiration to all viewers to support this new crop of local and sustainable farmers through the food choices we make every day.
Running Time: 50 minutes
Scene Selection • Close Captioned
An Anthony-Masterson Film
Earth Award, Cinema Verde
Best Feature, 2012 Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Best American Documentary, Rome International Film Festival
Focus Award, Montana CINE International Film Festival
Best of Category (Food and Agricultural Issues), Montana CINE International Film Festival
Audience Choice Award, Docufest Atlanta
Best Documentary Short, Asheville Cinema Festival
Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Macon Film Festival
Savannah Film Festival
Slow Motion Food Film Festival, Nova Scotia
Wild and Scenic Film Festival