8 Short Films with Elmer Laird

Submitted by StudentResearcher on Wed, 2010-04-28 10:06
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Pat Godhe
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An eight part video series featuring Elmer Laird and the Back to the Farm Research Foundation (BFRF) was produced in the spring of 2008. The purpose of this video series was to document the experiences of Elmer Laird as a pioneer in organic agriculture. He and his wife founded the BFRF in 1972, and it they developed the first certified organic research farm in Canada. The video series introduces people to Elmer Laird and his life’s
work. The viewer gains an understanding of the history and function of the organization. Further, the viewer discovers some wisdom and lessons learned by Elmer and his organization over a 36 year period.

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organic, farming, education, pesticides, video
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The main benefit is the transformative educational dimensional aspect of having available on the Internet a series of user friendly media in the form of eight, 10 minute ‘youtube’ videos. This video series is also a part of SODFMC’s larger campaign of developing educational curriculum arounf food security and local, organic food production. By educating and inspiring others to seek out organic and local food, or  motivating them to become producers of same, the environment benefits. Organic farming and food production does not use synthetic or chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It is the goal of SODFMC to continue educating on these issues, thus helping to mitigate the effects of climate change by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels for the production of food. The research and experiences documented in the film series also demonstrates adaptation techniques moving away from fossil fuel dependent agriculture, as well as water conservation.

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Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)