HOW WE GROW seeks to tell the story that digs deeper- beyond the farmers' markets and local food access- into the ways in which communities rebuild themselves around agriculture. The film is a coming of age story of a community re-learning how to work together and growing stronger in the process. Inspired by the drive and dedication of the next generation of agricultural leaders in the Roaring Fork Valley, the community explores how to overcome pressing issues. Land access, income inequality, and a short growing season turn from barriers into levers as these ambitious young farmers discover ways to get healthy, sustainability produced, locally grown, nutrient dense food onto the tables of everyone in the community. Healthy soil depends on many organisms working together. A healthy community needs the same. HOW WE GROW looks at the characters and systems of farming, education, legislation, micro-finance, and food equity that are shifting the ways we think about food and our relationship to the land. Together we create a food system that works for everyone. The film offers a template to communities, a guide to grow by, and a sense of hope that we have all the tools to reclaim our food. This is HOW WE GROW.
SCREENINGS & EVENTS
2016 Redford Grants Center
Winner Best in Fest - Colorado Film Festival
Official Selection - 5 Point 2017
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Haley was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. With a BFA in Film and Writing from Emerson College, she has built a career around her love of storytelling through film. From documentaries and independent/foreign films to comedies of all genres, Haley has 12 years experience as a trailer editor and producer in film advertising, having worked for some of the top agencies in LA and NYC. The energy around the local food movement of the Roaring Fork Valley inspired her to move back home and make HOW WE GROW.
Tomas was raised on a small family farm in New Hampshire and grew up with a deep respect for the land. He has a B.A. in Photojournalism from Prescott College where he was awarded for his powerful storytelling style. He has traveled the world working for organizations like The National Geographic Society, Conde Naste and Forbes. He has been a part of the Marketing team at Aspen Snowmass for 23 years and a Staff Photographer for ESPN Images for 17. A desire to tell the story of the community that has been his family for more than two decades inspired him to make HOW WE GROW.