Maine Food is a joint project between Global Studies and Cinema Studies at Colby College. In these courses students produce documentary films about food production in Maine. Ever wonder how your favorite beer gets made? Or where the veggies you buy at the farmer’s market come from? Or how a cattle farmer makes his money (or not)? Subjects range from mussel aquaculture in Casco Bay, to a historic preservation farm in Waldoboro, to an intentional community in Benton. The films cover issues related to sustainability, community-building, and several touch on the difficulties of sustaining a profitable local farm. Not only will you meet the people who produce the food you buy at the farmer’s market and farm stands, but you will get a sense of the current state of local food production in Maine.
The films were produced by my Cinema Studies documentary courses and Maple Razsa’s senior seminar in Global Studies. This project was made possible by a Civic Engagement Course Development Grant from the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. Special thanks to the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and Academic ITS. Please visit the Maine Food website to see all the films.