Plight of New England dairy farms examined

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Granby Land Trust, Simsbury Land Trust and Friends of Holcomb Farm host documentary screening
Forgotten Farms, a documentary about New England dairy farms, will be shown Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. in the Simsbury Public Library Lower Level Program Room. The screening will be followed by a question and answer period led by the filmmakers Sarah Gardner and Dave Simonds, along with area dairy farmers. This event is offered free of charge thanks to sponsorship by the Granby Land Trust, Friends of Holcomb Farm and the Simsbury Land Trust.
According to the filmmakers, “New England has lost over 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years; fewer than 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, they tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. In our enthusiasm for the new food movement, we often overlook the farms at the foundation of the regional agricultural economy.”
Forgotten Farms gives us a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system. The documentary shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, highlighting the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding and find common ground. A truly sustainable local food system that benefits everyone will rely on all of our farmers.”
Light refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Amy Zeiner, Simsbury Land Trust at 860-651-8773.