Evolution of Organic brings us the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It’s a heartfelt journey of change from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream – split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people, and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture.
Evolution of Organic is not just a history, but looks to exciting and important futures:
- The next generation who are broadening organic into no-till and urban farms; Latino growers and eco-fashion; even raising salmon in flooded rice fields
- Carbon farming as a solution to climate change, taking carbon dioxide out of the air and putting it in the ground where it belongs – “the best news on the planet”
- What lies “beyond organic,” from soil microbiology as the new frontier, to visions of a regenerative agriculture that restores everything from the ecosphere to the human spirit. As Bu Nygrens says laughing, “Inevitable Vegetable!”
We had good fortune making Evolution of Organic. Funding has come from generous grants, key individuals, and the organic community. Six former funders and the Gaia Fund got the film to rough-cut. Two crowdfunding campaigns and major contributors like Marion Weber and Sallie Calhoun, David Posner and Anette Marweld sustained the second round of filming and editing. David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s, Sarah Livia Brightwood of the Szekely Family Foundation and many others brought the project to the finish line. Our deepest thanks to all who gave.
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EVOLUTION of ORGANIC is finished but it’s not done until we raise funds for the licensing of music used in the film. We launched a home-brew crowdfunding campaign in June, Buy Us A Song to raise $20,000 to license five pieces of music. We have raised $12,500 from 32 contributors to date, thank you very much. But this is still short of our goal, so e will continue this campaign to the end of the year in an effort to raise the remaining $7,500. Go to the Buy Us A Song page on this website to contribute.
Please contact Mark Kitchell about support, offers to help and questions.