admin by Tamer Soliman | 23 Jun 2021
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Culture & Creativity,Local Food

Farming: The Next Generation – Documentary

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A film featuring young, progressive farmers: Their challenges, their aspirations, and the motivations that keep them going.

A film featuring young, progressive farmers: Their challenges, their aspirations, and the motivations that keep them going.

"There are some really big questions and problems that we're facing today - land acquisition and access to capital are huge barriers to farming - but maybe the most important one is that we don't have enough young farmers."

- Stuart Oke, Youth President of the National Farmers Union, Canada

Ask anyone these days and chances are they'll say they support local food - they're aware of the importance of shopping at the farmers market, enjoy farm-to-table dining, and appreciate the seasonality of what they eat. But how often do these values translate into actions? And how many people understand the challenges of maintaining a truly sustainable, equitable, and secure food system?

Most of all, how many of us ever acknowledge the people behind the system, our farmers?

With an average age of 55, Canadian farmers are getting older. At the same time, more importance has been placed on local food systems. The next generation of farmers will shoulder the burden of Canada's future food security - and are inheriting a system that has much room for improvement. In fact, with the imminent retirement of the old guard, many without a succession plan, we are at a pivotal crossroads in Canadian agriculture. What and how this new generation choose to farm now and in the coming years will have huge implications on the future of food, climate, and community in Canada.

Our film project aims to shed light on these important issues. Initial interviews show this younger generation of farmers to be knowledgeable, energetic, and passionate. Many of them see their work as a form of activism, and have a strong desire to transform our system into one that can not only grow healthy food but also mitigate the effects of climate change and tackle many of the social and economic crises that we are facing today.

Some initial themes that we've uncovered include:

  • Challenges that young farmers want to remedy through their approach to farming
  • Diversity in farming and food accessibility
  • Importance of local food, seasonality, and knowing your farmer

We hope that by sharing the aspirations, the struggles, and the visions of these young farmers, that we will amplify the many pressing issues of our food system, and that viewers will be inspired to do their part to support the future of healthy, sustainable food in Canada.

 

What's the budget and timeline?

Through Wayblaze, we are looking to raise $250,000. This money will go directly towards crucial elements of the film's production: cinematography, videography, writing, producing, directing, and travel, to name a few. Additional funding, through grants and investors, will also be sought.

Pre-production is anticipated to start Summer 2021 (i.e. research, preliminary interviews, assembling the team, initial scripting) with filming beginning in the fall and carrying over into the spring and summer of 2022. Editing/post-production work will begin in Fall/Winter 2022.

Who's behind the project?

Tamer Soliman (director, producer, writer) and Sarah Douglas (writer, story editor) have collaborated on award-winning documentaries. Their films invariably deal with meaningful and timely health topics, and all have reached and inspired local as well as international audiences. Their production company, March Forth Creative, aims to create thought-provoking media and educational resources that inspire positive community change.

With a background in holistic wellness and a keen interest in longevity, Tamer shows people that a truly healthy life includes eating local and sustainable food, having strong social connections, and cultivating a deep relationship to our natural environment. Drawing on her own background in education, public policy, and the arts, Sarah Douglas strives to teach, inspire, motivate, and present possibilities, using the transformative power of storytelling to effect change.

Among their proudest achievements is writing and producing Bright Spot, a film that has contributed to the revival of the local food movement in the Cayman Islands. Their latest award-winning film, The Great Disconnect, invites people to explore the relationship between their sense of community and overall sense of wellbeing, and has been screened across Canada and in more than 10 countries across Europe. Two reputable distribution companies - Scorpion TV and McIntyre Media - have acquired the rights to the film, and are actively distributing it in multiple markets.

As a testament to their continued passion, Tamer and Sarah regularly participate in private screening and panel discussions.

Click on the links below to learn more about their film projects and the positive impacts they've made:

The Great Disconnect

Bright Spot

Off to a great start! THANK YOU!

15 days ago

Hi everyone,

We're thrilled by the progress we've made so far. Because of your support and generous contributions, we have 40 backers and over $10k raised! :) WOW! THANK YOU! 

If you've been following current events, you know the weather has been wild - from fires and heat waves out west, drought in the prairies, and remnants of Hurricane Elsa on the East coast - and this can have devastating effects on farms and farmers across the country. This can be a barrier for young people entering farming, knowing that with climate change we will likely continue to have unpredictable growing seasons.  

But did you know that farming, when done regeneratively, has been referred to as a "nature based climate solution"? And the good news is that - despite the challenges - many young farmers are getting into farming because they want to mitigate the effects of climate change. One such farmer is our friend, Trevor (pictured below with Tamer at a farmers market in Ottawa). Trevor uses regenerative farming methods to raise sheep and pigs, and since taking over his farm around 5-6 years ago, has noticed a drastic improvement in the quality of the soil. You can read about Trevor's farm by clicking here

Your funding will help bring our film to life to share stories of these young, driven farmers and tackle big topics like farming in a time of climate change. 

Thanks again for all of you support - remember to hug a farmer (from a safe distance of course!)

-  Tamer & Sarah

P.S Please share our campaign with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues! We appreciate the support and every contribution, big or small, will bring us closer to our goal.  THANK YOU! 

P.P.S We'll be back with another update soon and discuss another pressing topic that few of you have raised: Access to land. 

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Alexander Taskey

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T Hammer. Happy to support a good cause and good people!
MaryPat MacKinnon

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Good luck with the project - I
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Best wishes from a (former/future) doc maker to another.
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Thank you for your incredible work and for giving hope to the next generation.
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Go Tamer!
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Donald Cole

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great idea, look forward to field shooting where challenges, particularly access to land, and responses are addressed
Greg Ross

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On behalf of the Clean Air Ballers Basketball Camp for Kids and Greg Ross...we believe in you guys! You are now over $10K
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Great project! Best of luck...
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Let’s go Tamer! #1 athlete
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Linda & Kurt Hahn

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Congratulations Tamer and Sarah on this great initiative!
Michael Bellissimo

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Good Luck Tamer and Sarah! Great idea!
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Best of luck!
Deborah Abbott

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Noella Thompson

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What an amazing initiative. So excited to see the finished product!
Matthew Asselin

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So proud of you guys, and can
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Etienne Lepage

25 days ago

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Beat the sun up! I believe in you guys....
Kamal Shah

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Hey T, do your thing! Happy to help! also any chance you can add Katherine Xilinas in there as a donor? Much appreciated
Simon and candy ...

25 days ago

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Looks like a great project. Looking forward to seeing this build on the successes of the coconut oil and great disconnect films
Martha Nabatian

26 days ago

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You are doing incredible work. I look forward to seeing the film!
Audrey Morrison

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I truly hope this project reaches thousands of young people around the world as I believe it\\
Sheila MacKenzie

30 days ago

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I hope this little donation along with thousands more will inspire young farmers.
Charlene MacKinnon

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Allison Douglas

30 days ago

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wishing you all the success with project
Mark, Elise, Mil...

1 month ago

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Can’t wait to see another great film by two great people!
Steven Love

1 month ago

Contributed $275 CAD
This promises to be an amazing, inspiring and influential film! Best wishes on seeing it through to completion!
Lindsay Robles

1 month ago

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You guys are awesome. Good luck with the project.
Andrew Trenholm

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Dale Douglas

1 month ago

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Another master piece on the way?
Raquel Atawo

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Good luck with the project guys! Raquel and Toby
Stephanie Douglas

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Love you. Keep spreading the good word!
GeesBees Geesbees

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Francis Aubry

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I can’t wait to see this film with my kids. Good luck and let us know if you need anything else
Mounira Giacco

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Good luck with this project Tamer & Sarah xo
Alison Laidlaw

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Happy to help this important project Tamer and Sarah!
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Yo T, You’re unreal baby.
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Pete Bombaci

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Good luck you guys! Keep spreading great messages around the world!
Karen Morrison

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Good luck Tamer and Sarah
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Best Wishes
Michael Bourassa

1 month ago

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This is a great project Tamer and Sarah. I wish you success to make another fantastic documentary.

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