We just finished four days of production and came away with some really great stuff. One of the highlights was spending time with grassfed beef rancher Joe Morris and his family and crew. We shot early in the morning and worried the low hanging coastal fog would mess with our helicopter shots, but we were high enough up in the hills above Watsonville, Calif. that it wasn't an issue. We got some truly beautiful, heroic footage of Joe and crew on horseback doing their thing. Joe sees himself not so much as a rancher but as a caretaker of watersheds and entire ecosystems. As he tells it, his method of cattle ranching allows grassland to flourish which not only feeds the cattle but acts as a carbon sink and water purification system. And the beef just happens to be delicious, too.
We also traveled to West Oakland for a segment on urban agriculture. You're going to love farmer Abeni Ramsey. She's passionate, articulate and making a real difference in the lives of hundreds of East Bay residents. Our trip to urban farmer and author Novella Carpenter's Ghost Town Farm was great, too. We scaled an abandoned building nearby for what we hope will make for some dramatic shots of her patch of green in a concrete jungle.
The weather cooperated on our shoot with sustainable fisherman Hans Haveman, too. It was foggy all morning, but just as we motored onto the waters of Monterey Bay the sun came out to reveal the Pacific Ocean in all its glory. Hans was great, too. He's created a co-op of sorts of small scale, hook and line fisherman who supply him with sustainably sourced fish. A great model for other coastal communities.
Still to come is our shoot with "renegade lunch lady" Ann Cooper in Boulder, Colo. Stay tuned and as always, thanks for your support.
Stett and Greg