David Laws thinks organic farming is almost like civil disobedience.
"Organic farming is by definition against the grain," says Laws, the farmer behind Treehugger Farms in Davie. "There's a huge monstrous, mechanized market out there that's really out to stop all that we are doing. But things are changing slowly."
Laws and other young farmers discuss these and other challenges facing South Florida growers in the short documentary, "Greening Up: South Florida's Young Farmers".
The eleven-minute video features Muriel Olivares of Little River Market Garden, Ray Chasser of Earth N'Us Farm, Dylan Terry of Ready-To-Grow Gardens, Hani Khouri of Hani's Mediterranean Organics, and other important figures in South Florida farms.
Carmen Rodriguez, a recent University of Miami grad, produced the video along with Florida International University student Lucia Aguiar.
"I recently started growing my own food, and got really into it," Rodriguez says. "Then Lucia said to me, 'I know you have the equipment! Let's do a documentary on farming and gardening in South Florida.'"
In the short film, Muriel Olivares discusses what farming means to her -- and admits it's not a socially accepted career. She also realizes her career choice might leave her financially insecure.
"Being a farmer, even though it's become much more popular, it still sounds weird to some people," Olivares says. "It's not a common thing to be in a city, especially Miami."
The documentary takes a quick look into South Florida farm share programs, urban gardening, and organics.
Check it out below!
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