Back in May, CCCC Sustainable Ag co-hosted a farmer/veteran workshop with American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. We have experienced a rise in veteran participation in the Sustainable Ag program since 2008. This documentary project will tell the story of a NC veteran and his farm, and help raise awareness about the needs and desires that veterans have. The following is from the producer:
[I’m] writing on behalf of Vittles Films, a documentary film collective based in Durham, NC. We are currently working on The Farmer Veteran Project, our first feature-length endeavor. I encourage you all to take a look at our http://vittles.us/#The-Farmer-Veteran-Project website and contact us if you’d like to chat more about what we do.
The Farmer Veteran Project (working title) is a documentary film about transition and possibility in the face of pain and trauma. It is told primarily through Alex Sutton, a war veteran that served six tours abroad and returned to rural North Carolina with two titanium legs. With a strong desire to still serve his county, he is one of the 1.6 million veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan trying to make a return to regular life, many in rural communities with high unemployment. Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture reports that half of all farmers in the United States will retire in the next decade. This film explores the formidable challenges we face as a country. How do we support the wounded? Who will continue to work the land responsibly? With the steadfast care of his wife, Jessie, Alex fights for a life of purpose. Their story is part of an emerging trend to introduce the regenerative qualities of farming to combat veterans seeking a different way of life.
The project is being funded through a Kickstarter campaign. The Farmer Veteran trailer, including thoughts from filmmakers Alix Blair and Jeremy M. Lange, can be viewed on the Kickstarter page.