Synopsis: One in four families with children in the United States is struggling to put food on the table. COVID-19 increased this number. Restaurants and other markets for food closed, initially hurting farmers. “Farm to Families” tells the story of the creative collaboration between Rogue Valley Farm to School, Fry Family Farm, local schools and community volunteers — joining forces to feed families in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley. In twelve weeks, during the 2020 Summer of Covid, the program distributed 240,000 pounds of fresh produce!
“Farm to Families” went on to serve as a call to action to residents of the Rogue Valley to keep the program going. The film also served to inform viewers about food insecurity and Rogue Valley Farm to School’s (RVF2S) commitment to food equity, children’s education and hands on farm experience. Last, but not least, is RVF2S’s challenge to procure local produce that goes directly into local school cafeterias.
The film weaves a thread from the gathering of the produce through the creation of the food boxes to their delivery to kids and parents in schools throughout the region.
I hadn’t thought a lot about fresh produce or food insecurity until I got to film “Farm to Families.” One of the big challenges for K-Rose Productions was how to collaborate “in person” to tell the story of our community’s effort to feed families. Alyssa Gruhn, head cinematographer, and Kathy Roselli wore masks in the field and honored social distancing. Pat Somers, editor, worked with Director Kathy Roselli to create the story over Zoom. Our three-woman team completed the film in a little over two months. The film shines a light on what a community can do and the value of a Farm to School program.
My life work brought me to filmmaking. For over 35 years I was a passionate pediatric physical therapist – with a particular love for working with babies and very young children. As a visual thinker and film buff I also imagined what it might be like to make movies about children. Re-inventing myself as a documentary filmmaker has been a joy. The process has allowed me to meet so many interesting people, including creative and skillful women editors to collaborate with throughout my filmmaking adventures. After living in the mountains near Mt. Shasta for 18 years, I settled in Ashland, Oregon in 2011. My goals are that each of my projects will be better technically and that every K-Rose Production film tells a story from the heart.