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February 2, 2011

Food and Farm series to return to Cooperstown with four films

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 to sponsor the Food and Farm Film Series.

The goal is to educate and encourage the public and farmers of all ages and experience, according to a media release from the organizations.

"As family farming, community supported agriculture, 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," The Farmers' Museum Director of Education Garet Livermore said in the release.

Ellen Pope, executive director of Otsego 2000, added, "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 will kick off Feb. 16 and will continue once a month through May.

A panel discussion will be held following each film, featuring Livermore, Pope and a guest relating to the film.

The series will feature:

Feb. 16: "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." According to the release, this is a tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer, who melds traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression.

March 16: "Greenhorns." This film tells the stories of America's young farmers. The filmmaker from the Hudson Valley area will participate in the panel.

April 20: "Vanishing of the Bees." Honeybees have been disappearing across the planet. The film follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts.

May 14: "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 p.m.; doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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