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A Forest of Food - Documentary - Help make it happen!

 
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Hey Food Forest folks,

TL:DR
I'm pitching a documentary about one of Canada's oldest modern food forests (34 years old) and I'm asking you to 1) VOTE daily and 2) Share the voting link below with as many people as possible. Voting starts Tuesday May 28th 2019 at 12pm PDT, and continues through Wednesday May 29th, Thursday May 30th and finishes Friday May 31st at 12pm PDT.

voting link (not active until Tuesday May 28th 2019)
https://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/5056

mailing list (to be reminded to vote and notified about updates on the project)
http://eepurl.com/dz3DKP

pitch video on youtube


pitch video on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/javan.bernakevitch/posts/10161911444280230?notif_id=1558660189759582¬if_t=feedback_reaction_generic

And now on the the more in-depth ask


I'm reaching out because today is the first day of voting for A Forest of Food: What if your grocery store was right outside your door?, a documentary about a 34 year old food forest in BC, one of Canada's oldest modern food forests.

If the documentary pitch is in the top 15 projects with the most amount of votes we'll receive funding to make the film!

As of 12pm PDT the link below is active for voting.

https://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/5056

My request is:

If you feel called to please vote.

You can vote daily from today, tomorrow, and Thursday to Friday. May 28, 29, 30 and 31st 2019.

If you feel further called to please share this pitch to friends, family and lists you're a part of and help promote perennial agriculture as a viable tool for our food sovereignty. Please add a personal message to encourage folks to vote, for example:

Please vote for this documentary. Colleague Javan K Bernakevitch is pitching a documentary about perennial agriculture and food forests. It takes less than 5 minutes to vote and helping make this film happen directly supports a regenerative and brighter future for all. https://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/5056

Below is a more in-depth letter to send out if useful.

If you'd like custom material for your list please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you again for your help!

Javan

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Hello!

On May 28, 29, 30 and 31st 2019 you can help make a documentary about local, innovative, climate adaptive and ecologically beneficial agriculture, a reality.

How?

By voting for A Forest of Food: What if your grocery store was right outside your door? a documentary that chronicles the 34 year history of three acres of forest overflowing with fruit, nuts, leaves and berries.

In 1985 Richard Walker left his family farm near Edmonton, Alberta. He was sick and tired of his neighbours over-spraying pesticides, killing his fruit trees. He wondered if growing food didn't have to include chemicals or even annual crops. What if instead of planting every year, he planted once and harvested every year after that? He landed on 3 acres of bare horse pasture in Grand Forks, BC. There he created a forest that produced more than enough to support two businesses and a family of four. This is the story of Richard Walker, his partner Karin Kilpatrick M.D and as of 2010 Sarah Orlowski and John Hagel who continue to nurture one of Canada’s oldest modern food forests.

To make this documentary happen we need to be one of the top 15 projects that have the highest number of votes on Storyhive (the granting organization).

This is where you come in.

We need you to vote every day over the next four days, and to share the pitch link below with others.

It takes under 5 minutes to vote.

You can vote Tuesday May 28th, Wednesday May 29th, Thursday May 30th, and Friday May 31st by clicking the link below:

https://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/5056


You can be reminded to vote by signing up to the reminder list.


http://eepurl.com/dz3DKP


Why help?

Our current form of conventional annual agriculture has had dramatic effects on our planet, its animals and our climate. A local, perennial (plants that produce yearly without being replanted) agriculture that works with nature instead of against is a win/win for everyone. Having perennial crops means we can move our agriculture towards a quality of life akin to Mediterranean cultures. Why do places like Italy and Greece have traditions of long lunches? In part, because their great grandmothers and grandfathers planted trees, shrubs and vines that don’t need replanting only harvesting and maintenance. The savings in time and money become a way of living for the people who benefit from this agriculture.

Our food currently travels on average 2400kms or 1500 miles to reach us. Add to this it takes 10 calories of hydrocarbons for every 1 calorie of food produced in conventional agriculture and you can see we have a problem.

Perennial agriculture isn’t the solution to all of our food needs, however, it’s a dramatically under-utilized tool in our agricultural toolbox that can increase the resiliency of our food systems, increase our quality of life and decrease our negative ecological impact.

The ask.
VOTE!
Share this message to as many people personally as you can, with a personal note of encouragement for people to vote and share.
Repost this message to as many social media pages and groups as you feel comfortable.
Sign up to the mailing list.
Helping us get the funding to make this documentary by committing to vote each day (May 28, 29, 30, 31 2019)

Be part of a growing movement of people that know that our impacts can be just as positive as they are negative on our planet.

You can vote Tuesday May 28th, Wednesday May 29th, Thursday May 30th, and Friday May 31st by clicking the link below:

https://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/5056


You can be reminded to vote by signing up to the reminder list.


http://eepurl.com/dz3DKP



Treefully Yours,

Javan K. Bernakevitch
Director/Producer - A Forest of Food

PS Here’s the pitch video for the documentary. Feel free to share the video with this message, it's also on the pitch page (only becomes active on Tuesday May 28th 2019 at 12pm PDT).
PPS Here's the main Facebook post if you post mostly on Facebook and would like to share it. https://www.facebook.com/javan.bernakevitch/videos/10161911427905230/UzpfSTkxMzIyMzA6MTAxMDYyMzA1Njg5OTE2ODI/
 
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Great going Javan!

I think people really need to hear about and see and feel all the examples of well-established food forest scattered around the Earth.

"Permaculture" is sometimes so hard to explain to people, and a project like this can be part of people's "aha" moment and getting what it's all about.

Vote cast and I will now sign up on your reminder list.

Hope you're one of the winners! Let's see if we can help!
 
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Thanks Dave, I hear you. It's why the doc is called "a forest of food" and speaks about the grocery store. IT's time make things relevant.
 
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Javan, you've got an incredible talent for presentation; I could watch you read the phone book, if they still print them.  I've cast my vote for you and I hope you're one of the projects chosen.

Thanks to the dailyish email because I probably would have missed this without it.
 
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Voted. It said there were four hours left to vote, so I hope enough people get to it in time.
 
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Voted!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I found that when I went to another browser, I could vote again. So, I voted for my husband, too. BWHAHAHAHAHA!



Thanks for pointing that out, Nicole.  I, uhh, voted for my husband, too...
 
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Ha!

My two children watched the video, too. They wanted to vote as well. Thankfully, I oddly have two more browsers installed on my computer (who would have thought Internet Explorer would ever be useful again?)
 
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I am fortunate to be double-browsered also. Voting down to the wire!
 
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Just up the street from me!.... gonna have to come by that way one day and become inspired. In the meantime, a vote and apple for you..... Good luck Javan!
 
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Folks thanks so much for your help and support. If you'd like to be kept in the loop about the documentary sign up for the mailing list.

http://eepurl.com/dz3DKP

Thanks again everyone!!!
 
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