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Given that the average age of a farmer in the U.S. is 57, did you ever wonder who is going to be growing our food? GROW! has answers. Read more

Atlanta, GA Documentary
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Given that the average age of a farmer in the U.S. is 57, did you ever wonder who is going to be growing our food? GROW! has answers.

Atlanta, GA Documentary
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Since 2005, as photographers and filmmakers, we've been documenting young, organic and sustainable farmers in Georgia. We’ve travelled all over the state, spending time on the farms getting to know the farmers and watching this burgeoning movement grow.

We're drawn to them because of their dignity, passion, intelligence, and dedication to growing clean fair food. We also believe that they hold the key to a more sustainable future and that they provide a solution to our broken food system.

Frankly it all started out because we like to eat...
When we moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles 5 years ago we had a hard time finding Farmers Markets where we could buy food fresh from the farms. Back then, there wasn't much demand for local food and not too many small organic and sustainable growers. We teamed up with Georgia Organics, a great farmer advocate organization, and started photographing farmers pro bono. We wanted to help make the farmers into rock stars and put a face on farming. After a couple of years we got involved with filmmaking.

So we decided to make this movie…
Our main hope for GROW! is to shine a light on this next generation of farmers and, by example encourage even more young people to consider farming as a viable career option. And although we are filming this in Georgia, we could be filming anywhere in the U.S. We need more farmers!

We chose 12 farms located throughout the state. The cast includes 21 farmers, each one unique as far as education, experience, opportunity and motivation. Most of them do not own the land they are farming on.
We began filming in April as the first crops were going into the ground. We will film through November as the growing season comes to a close. We will be editing over the winter and readying the film for the premier at the Georgia Organics Annual Conference in Savannah, GA in March 2011.

However...
It takes more than good intentions to make a film about young farmers.
It takes time, patience and passion.
It takes waking up early to begin filming when the sun comes up.
It takes putting up with ravenous mosquitoes, unpredictable weather, torrential rain, thick Georgia mud, extreme heat and humidity.
It takes everything it needs to be a farmer, including taking chances.

So far, GROW! has been self financed, with the help of a few friends and one generous family member. We bought the gear, the gas and everything else it has taken to make GROW! As we head into our last stretch of filming we are now asking the Kickstarter community for help in funding post-production costs. Post-production involves things we can’t do ourselves, otherwise we wouldn’t be asking for support. Post production expenses include color correction, sound mixing, music production and licensing fees. $10,000.00 is the minimum we will need to complete GROW! The more we raise, the sweeter the film will be.

Become a part of Community Sponsored Filmmaking. Help GROW! the movement.

As the Writers, Producers, and Directors of GROW! we thank you for your support,
Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson

We made it!!!! But if you're still inspired to give it will help cover Kickstarter(5%) + Amazon's(3-5%) share, donor rewards and taking this film on the road. GROW!!!!!!!

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    Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation, plus access to our updates.

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    A Thank You on the official GROW! movie blog, plus we'll send you a postcard of the Special Edition GROW! movie poster with a personal note from us.

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    The above plus a GROW! movie seed packet of, what else?, organic arugula, yours for the planting.

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    The above plus a signed DVD of GROW!

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    Farmers Market Special - Woodland Gardens' GROW! farmer Celia Barss is offering two gift certificates valued at $50.00 each to her booth at Morningside Farmers Market in Atlanta. We're throwing in a copy of our Farm Fresh Cookbook in case you need a few new recipes.

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    Dinner on The Farm Special - 2 tickets to GROW! Farmers Jenny and Chris Jackson's annual Spring Dinner. They set a table for 200 in the field, serve delicious, local and traditional dishes made with seasonal produce from their farm, plus there's a Farm Tour and music too. This event always sells out way in advance. Guarantee yourself a seat at the table!

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    Deluxe Dinner Special - Dinner for 4 at The Farm House Restaurant at Serenbe. Grab some friends and go experience some fine Southern cuisine made with food fresh from the farm.

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    The above plus a special edition signed GROW! movie poster and a Thanks listing in the end credits of the film.

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    A signed copy of our Farm Fresh Cookbook featuring 27 easy seasonal recipes, 4 seasonal dinner menus and 34 full page color photographs. Plus the rewards for the $5 -$50 pledges and a Thanks listing in the end credits of the film.

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    CSA Special - For Savannah, Georgia area residents, a 6 week Farm Box Subscription featuring local organic produce and fresh baked bread from Cha Bella Restaurant, plus we'll throw in our Farm Fresh Cookbook to give you plenty of recipe ideas for all that delicious food.
    Valued at approximately $225.00 this is a deal!

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    Sleep Tight Special - A midweek night at The Inn at Serenbe for two, which includes afternoon Southern tea and a full country breakfast.

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    Southern hospitality special - A midweek night at The Inn at Serenbe, which includes afternoon Southern tea and a full country breakfast plus a personal Serenbe Farm Tour led by two of our GROW! farmers Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby, plus a lovely parting gift from the Farm and... a signed copy of our Farm Fresh Cookbook.

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    11x14 signed archival print of either a GROW! farmer portrait or a screen grab from the film, a signed DVD, a GROW! organic arugula seed package. Plus a Thanks listing in the end credits of the film.
    View portraits and screen grabs here:
    http://growmovieart.blogspot.com/

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    Special Thanks listing in end credits of film, plus two 11x14 signed archival prints of either a GROW! farmer portrait or a screen grab from the film, a signed copy of our Farm Fresh Cookbook, plus a signed DVD.
    View portraits and screen grabs here:
    http://growmovieart.blogspot.com/

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    Super deluxe dinner special - A 4 course dinner with wine pairing for 6 at Cha Bella in Savannah, GA. Cha Bella, (rated Savannah's Best Downtown Restaurant) serves up delectable seasonal and organic fare sourced from their own farm and other local growers (including a few of our GROW! farmers). Have a great evening!
    This reward is valued at $650.00!

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    Special Thanks listing in end credits of film, set of 3 signed archival prints of either a GROW! farmer portrait or a screen grab from the film, a signed copy of our Farm Fresh Cookbook plus a signed DVD.
    View portraits and screen grabs here:
    http://growmovieart.blogspot.com/

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    Associate Producer listing in end credits plus 2 tickets to the premier at the Georgia Organics Conference in Savannah, GA. Spring 2011, plus a signed copy of the DVD. And we'll even take you out for a drink!

Funding period

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