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Watch “Betting the Farm” March 11 at the Rockford Grange, the next film in the Up Up! Farm Film Festival series.
As of Friday, March 4, 2016
Gorge Grown Food Network and the Rockford Grange present the next movie in the Up Up! Farm Film Festival series on March 11 at Rockford Community Grange, located on Barrett Drive one mile west of Windmaster Corner, south of Hood River.
This series of independent films and shorts explores the questions of farmland, access, rural livelihoods and sustainability of people and place. A local, farmer-made soup is served at 5:30 p.m. followed by an independent, farmer-made film shown at 6:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10. Childcare is available.
This month’s film is “Betting the Farm,” the story of a group of dairy farmers in Maine who, when dropped by their national milk company, are suddenly confronted with the real possibility of losing their farms. Banding together, they launch their own milk company. Farmers Vaughn Chase, Richard Lary, and Aaron Bell, along with their families, struggle to make ends meet as they get the company off the ground. But faced with slow sales and mounting bills, can the farmers hang together long enough for the gamble to pay off? Or will they be left worse off than before?