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by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes, Environment, Film/TV
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Photo: Rhian vK

Four Seasons, a documentary by Brian Sechler, follows four Hudson Valley, NY farms through all four seasons of planting and growth.

These aren’t your large scale industrial farms. Sechler explores organic farms that are providing seasonal produce to their communities in addition to growing food in a way that is sustainable.

One farm (as shown in this rough footage) shows how one greenhouse is heated in February by the heat of composting manure. Even though it’s below zero in New York state during that time, the manure helps the greenhouse to stay above freezing, allowing for early planting of items like onions that take a long time to grow.

When I think of how many crops were destroyed in New York during Irene, I can only be thankful for the hard work these farmers put into growing food for us to eat. Even when the weather is unpredictable. This film looks like it’s going to really show the ingenuity and dedication needed to successfully run a farm through all four seasons.

During a time when more and more people are opting to take part in CSA’s and hitting the farmers markets every weekend, this film shows what we’re supporting, and the work these farmers put in to help bring us back to living sustainably.

Check out some previews below!

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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