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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (01/31/2011) — New York has a rich agricultural history. As $4.5 billion-a-year business, agriculture continues to play an important role in our economy and communities. The state ranks in the top three nationally for the production of dairy goods, maple syrup, corn, wine, apples, pumpkins and cabbage.
Building on the success of the standing-room only screenings last year of Food, Inc. and Fresh, The Farmers’ Museum and Otsego 2000 have again partnered together to sponsor the Food and Farm Film Series - to educate and encourage the public and farmers of all ages and experience.
“As family farming, community supported agriculture (CSA), and organic farming resurge in popularity across the state and nation, the Food and Farm Film Series continues an important community conversation about where our food comes from and the necessity of supporting local farmers,” says The Farmers' Museum's Vice President for Education, Garet Livermore.
Ellen Pope, executive director of Otsego 2000, adds, “As sponsor of the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, we strongly believe that agriculture is critical to our region’s economic well-being, and that farmers are the foremost stewards of our rural landscapes. Co-sponsoring the Food and Farms Film Series with the Farmers’ Museum helps to raise awareness of the significant challenges facing farmers today and how buying locally can benefit everyone.”
The series kicks off February 16th and will continue once a month from February to May. A panel discussion will be held following each film featuring Garet Livermore, Ellen Pope, and a special guest relating to the film. The series will feature:
February, 16th: The Real Dirt on Farmer John: The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America.
March 16th: Greenhorns: What type of young person chooses farming as a profession today? This film tells the stories of America’s young farmers. The filmmaker from the Hudson Valley area will participate in the panel.
April 20th: Vanishing of the Bees: Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. The film follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts.
May 14th: Three Farms: The film spotlights three innovative, creative and entrepreneurial farms in the Adirondacks that are working with local restaurants to produce organic cheese from Jersey cows, organic wheat, soybeans and corn, and vegetables and flowers. The filmmaker will participate in the panel discussion.
Each film will be screened in the Fenimore Art Museum auditorium, starting at 7:00 P.M.; doors open at 6:30 P.M. Whether you are a backyard gardener or a professional farmer, you’ll find these films to not only be entertaining but educational and inspiring as well.
 “ Keeping Agriculture Alive Near New York City (Yes, Really).” New York Times. October 17, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/nyregion/18towns.html?_r=3