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After a year of weekly documentaries in Minnesota, The Perennial Plate is driving across America to document real food stories.

Last year, you helped fund The Perennial Plate -- a weekly documentary series that went from a small Minnesota website, to a nationally syndicated show with over 12,000 weekly viewers. We created 52 episodes, from Squirrel hunting to community gardens and morels. Our hope was to entertain, learn and draw you closer to the people, animals and land that bring food to your plate.

With a year of making these films under our belt, we want to take The Perennial Plate to the next level. By traveling across the US (and into Canada), we hope to share the inspiring stories about alternatives to mainstream food with as many people as possible. As in Minnesota, each week I will be hunting, farming, fishing and foraging with these food heroes and then cooking up a delectable feast. Each week the videos will be posted on Huffington Post, Grist.org, Serious Eats as well as at theperennialplate.com

This time around, the show will go far beyond just posting free videos. Our new website offers an interactive element by which people across the country can contribute story ideas, host events (screening or dinner) and follow our trip. We've also included a blog to showcase the many great stories, pictures and recipes that don't make it into the films. I'll be writing and so will my vegetarian cameragirl. It should make for some interesting blog-battles. After the trip is finished, we plan to edit the journey into a feature length piece and release it with a cookbook compiled of recipes from across the country.

We need your help to make this happen. We've made these episodes available for free and we want to do the same on this coming venture. But driving and filming across the country costs a little more than driving around Minnesota.

So, if you want to see more real food films, help up us out by contributing to this show. Even if it is just $5, it goes a long way. If everyone who watched a video this week, gave even $2, we would reach our goal in 5 days, and it would make this trip possible.

Join us on this Real Food Road Trip.

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