Location: Check in at Hillwood's Visitor Center.
Part of: Dina Merrill Film Program
Hillwood is proud to be part of the Environmental Film Festival of the Nation's Capital for the second year!
A group of Maine dairy farmers—dropped by their national milk company—launch their own milk company in a bid to save their farms. Owned by the farmers and committed to paying a sustainable price for their milk, the company offers hope for the future of small farming. But faced with slow sales and mounting bills, can the farmers hang together long enough for the gamble to pay off?
BETTING THE FARM (2011) is a verité documentary that follows three farmers—Aaron Bell, Vaughn Chase, and Richard Lary—and their families through the tumultuous first two years of MOO Milk. With intimate access to their triumphs and disappointments, the film gives audiences a rare glimpse at the real lives of American farmers at a crossroads.
After the screening, Katherine Ozer, Executive Director of the National Family Farm Coalition will discuss the film's theme messages and the challenges dairy farmers face today as they grapple with increased costs of production and very volatile milk prices.