Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest. Small family farmers are making a comeback. They’re growing much healthier food, and lots more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms. For decades Northwest agriculture was focused on a few big crops for export. But to respond to climate change and the end of cheap energy, each region needs to produce more of its own food and to grow food more sustainably. Good Food visits producers, farmers’ markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all. Within the context of the history of Pacific Northwest agriculture, the film features some of the places where many of the region’s vegetables, fruits, grains and animal products are produced. Farmers and farm workers speak about their businesses, marketing, and the reasons they are committed to producing food that is healthy and environmentally-friendly.
Eating local isn’t always easy and may mean paying a little more for food. Purchasing local food means going to a farmers market, a local food co-op, and/or joining a CSA (community supported agriculture – buying a share of vegetables from a local farmer). Locally-grown food tastes fresher and is healthier than mass-produced products shipped from other states or countries. The makers of Good Food visited a number of local farms in Washington and Oregon, including Skagit River Ranch, Bluebird Grain Farms, Blue Heron Farm, Billy’s Organic Produce, Alvarez Farms, and Alm Hill Gardens.
Running time: 1 hour 13 minutes