Free Screening of Documentary Film, FARMLAND

Just in time for Thanksgiving, when many gather with family and friends to celebrate with a bountiful meal, Southside Virginia Community College’s Agribusiness program, in partnership with SVCC’s Student Services and with the support of Virginia Farm Bureau, will show a free screening of the film, FARMLAND.  The film will be shown on both SVCC campuses, in Alberta and Keysville, faarmland graphicat 7PM on Monday, November 21. 

The film will come at the conclusion of the inaugural Panther Prep Advising Day, an event that is free and open to the public.  Classes are cancelled so that current students can take full advantage of the event, which runs from 11am until 7pm.  In addition to current students, residents in the college’s ten-county service area are invited to attend the event in the Workforce Development Center on either campus to learn more about programs and services offered through the college.  Two of the college’s center locations, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston and the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill, will host their own Advising Day events.  (Note that the film will only be shown in Alberta and Keysville.)

The FARMLAND film is intended to give an inside look at today’s modern American agriculture.  Many Americans have never visited a farm or ranch or spoken with the people who raise the food they eat and the fiber that becomes the clothes they wear.  FARMLAND takes a close-up look at the lives of six farmers, all in their 20’s, who run their own agricultural businesses.  The film is directed by award winner, James Moll, who shares the farmers’ and ranchers’ passion for the profession they have chosen, in many cases utilizing skills passed down through the generations, yet evolving to modern technological practices. 

The six featured farmers and ranchers represent different types of operations in different areas of the country.

  • Brad Bellah from Throckmorton, Texas, is a sixth generation cattle rancher.
  • Leighton Cooley from Roberta in Crawford County, Georgia, is a fourth generation poultry farmer.
  • David Loberg from near Carroll, Nebraska, is a fifth-generation farmer who grows corn and soybeans.
  • Sutton Morgan from Brawley, California, is a fourth generation farmer who grows organic onions.
  • Margaret Schlass from near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, started an organic farming business called "One Woman Farm, Inc."
  • Ryan Veldhuizen from near Hatfield, Minnesota, is a fourth generation farmer who raises hogs and grows corn and soybeans to feed them.

A number of local farmers will be invited to attend the film screening to participate in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the film.  All are invited to come and learn more about the world’s number one industry of agriculture.  For more information, contact Dr. Dixie Dalton at dixie.dalton@southside.edu.