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An unlikely group of farmers struggle to form a cooperative to sell their grass fed beef testing the limits of the local food movement. Read more

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An unlikely group of farmers struggle to form a cooperative to sell their grass fed beef testing the limits of the local food movement.

New York, NY Farms
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New York State is losing a farm every three days and with it a way of life, generations of farming knowledge, small town infrastructure and a whole landscape. When a farm closes, the fields return to scrub within a year.

This story has the potential to inspire farmers and consumers across the nation to pursue healthy and sustainable alternatives to our current food system. But we need your help...

When the finances of the dairy industry went sour, lifelong farmers in Washington County, New York desperately searched for a way to keep their farms from going under. Many started raising beef cattle, but the low prices they received at auction houses left farmers facing financial ruin.

Then came an idea: what if these independent farmers banded together and sold their beef directly to restaurants and butchers in New York City? Other cooperatives before had tried and failed with this model. But this group was determined to make it work.

Two years later, the cooperative, which began with only eight members, now has over 30 member farms. In 2014, Adirondack Grazers is on track to sell over $1 million of grass-fed beef!!

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We started to film the farmers in the summer of 2012, initially to create small portraits for the cooperative's web site, http://adkgrazers.com/our-farms/. But it soon became clear that the farmers were unique characters and their collective struggle to raise and sell beef opened a window on the larger issues of getting local foods, in particular meat, to market. 

What is the true meaning and value of the small farm? Is this small-scale model sustainable and does careful stewardship of the land ever pay off? The stories of these farmers shines a light on surprising problems with our farm to market model.

At a time when communities across America, and the world, are trying to figure out how to get local foods back into the cities and to save small, sustainable family farms, Grazers: A Cooperative Story chronicles just how hard this has become and how far we have moved away from a local food system and towards an industrialized, global system that depends on processed foods, vast fields of corn and soy, factory farms and feedlots. 

We already have a rough cut of our film! We are now in the post-production phase, which can be the most exciting part, but also the most expensive! Your contributions would help pay for:

-Fine Cut Edit

-Sound Edit & Mix

-Color Correct & On-Line

-Graphic Design

-Composer

Click here to visit Ceci's blog, SwellFood!!
Click here to visit Ceci's blog, SwellFood!!
         
Click here to visit the Ortensi Farm's Website!!
Click here to visit the Ortensi Farm's Website!!
                  
    
 
                                                           
 

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS:

 

Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page. Please follow us on social media and share our link! With your help, we can get the message of sustainable farming out there and inspire change.

Twitter: @grazersdoc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIkNV_wn_tA

Blog: http://grazers-food-farm-film.tumblr.com

Learn more about the Adirondack Grazers Cooperative:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adkgrazers

Website: http://adkgrazers.com

Risks and challenges

With any project, there are certain risks and challenges that come about, but we believe we are certainly equipped to handle them, after all, we have been making films for a combined 50 years!

With the film shot and a rough cut together, we have been pursuing a market for our film. We think broadcast will be the best way to share our incredible story with the widest audience possible. With your support, we are confident we can make that happen!

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    THANK YOU! // Our undying gratitude PLUS your name will appear in the end credits of the film. How cool is that?!

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    Who doesn't love a good STICKER? // Get your very own Adirondack Grazers Cooperative sticker! Perfect for your laptop or your tractor bumper :) And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    GRAZERS T-SHIRT // Be the talk of the town in our very stylish Adirondack Grazers T-shirts. At the end of the campaign, we'll send you an email so you can pick your size. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    GRAZERS BASEBALL CAP // You can’t really be a farmer without a baseball cap. Snag one of these limited edition baseball caps- embroidered with the ADK logo in Grazers Green! And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    SEE ADVANCED SCENES OF THE FILM // As a special thanks for supporting the film, we will send you a link to preview select scenes of the completed documentary before anyone else. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    GRAZERS TANK TOP // Trying to avoid that farmers’ tan? Our tank tops, in the now famous Grazer Green, will keep you cool all summer long. At the end of the campaign, we’ll send you an email so you can pick your size. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    NAME A COW + ONE PIECE OF SWAG! // Aren’t our cows the cutest? You get the special privilege of naming a cow at one of our member farms. We’ll give you a special shout-out on our Twitter page and you’ll get ONE item of your choice: the super stylish ADK Grazers T-shirt, the Grazers green tank top or the awesome ADK baseball cap. At the end of the campaign, we’ll send you an email so you can pick your size, if you have chosen the T-shirt or tank. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    TRY THE BEEF- YUMMY SWEETBREADS // You simply have to try our delicious grass-fed beef! For all you *offal* people out there, get a box of FIVE SWEETBREADS, shipped right to your front door anywhere in the US. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    NEW BEEF AND BONES // Get this mixed box full of fantastic specialty cuts. Heart, liver sweetbreads, shanks, we've got it all from nose to tail. Boxes are varied, and can be shipped anywhere in the US. And of course, your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    GROUND BEEF STRAIGHT FROM THE FARM // With this reward, you will get FIVE POUNDS of Grazers’ own ADK ground beef. Taste what you've been missing! We can ship the flavor of Washington County to you anywhere in the US. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    MORE GROUND BEEF STRAIGHT FROM THE FARM // With this reward, you will get FIVE POUNDS of Grazers’ own ADK ground beef. Taste what you've been missing! We can ship the flavor of Washington County to you anywhere in the US. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    SUPER FAN PACK // Wow, you must really love us! With this fantastic reward, you’ll get an ADK sticker, an ADK T-shirt, an ADK tank top and an ADK hat. Rock your GRAZERS swag proudly, knowing you’re supporting the message of sustainable farming! You’ll also get to see select scenes of the film before anyone else. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    DELUXE GRASS FED BEEF PACK // Taste the incredible flavor of sustainable, pasture-raised beef! Get a pack of 4 delicious steaks- We're talking ribeye, sirloin, flank, only the best of the best. With this reward, we will ship these steaks to you, anywhere in the US. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    ATTEND THE FILM'S PREMIERE AND AFTER PARTY IN NYC // You and a guest will watch the completed film for the very first time alongside filmmakers Lisa F. Jackson and Sarah Teale. Chat with the producers and the farmers themselves at a fabulous after party, location TBD. Take home a signed piece of swag. Travel not included. And, as always, your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    COOKING CLASS FOR COUPLES WITH CHEF CECI CARMICHAEL! // You and a special someone will enjoy an evening cooking with CECI CARMICHAEL, Swellfood blogger and former host of Food Network’s Calling All Cooks and Good Food Fast on the Food Network and Homemade Simple on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Learn to make delicious ADK GRAZERS beef appetizers including Morroccan Meat Balls, Lemongrass Ginger Beef Lettuce Wraps, and Mini Chimichurri Flank Steak Bites. Hosted in producer Sarah Teale’s beautiful townhouse in NYC. Nibble your creations in the brownstone’s garden with other congenial foodies. Includes all of the ingredients to make a super tasty meal in a festive setting. Take home autographed copies of the recipes. Must live in the New York City area or be willing to travel. And your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

    *** Buy all 5 spots and be the happy host at your own private party!!! ***

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    FARM TOUR! // Come up to Washington Country- spend the day visiting with the Adirondack Grazers Cooperative at the picturesque White Clover Farm, learning the ins and outs of beef farming. Relax in the picturesque countryside. Share a delicious meal with the farmers themselves, full of farm fresh ingredients, and even take home some ADK grass-fed beef for yourself. Travel not included. And, of course, your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    FARM STAY WEEKEND! // Enjoy time on the farm with Berni and Greg Ortensi's small herd of Simmental and Angus cattle. Learn about their certified organic grassland, and their commitment to sustainable farming. Dine with the farmers, eating their own bacon and other farm fresh specialties. Marvel at the fall foliage on the Oretensi's 150 acres of forest. Only ten miles from Cooperstown, the Ortensi Farm & Equestrian Center is a picture perfect setting for a fantastic weekend getaway. Travel not included. And, of course, your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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    SEASONAL LUNCH FOR TWO AT GRAMERCY TAVERN! // Our best reward yet! Enjoy a feast of local and seasonal culinary masterpieces from James Beard award winning chef MICHAEL ANTHONY featuring none other than ADK Grazers' beef. After you've had the meal of a lifetime, take a tour of the kitchen and see where the magic happens. Take home a SIGNED copy of the Gramercy Tavern cookbook packed with 125 recipes to prepare simple, local ingredients at their peak. And, of course, your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

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