A new generation of farmers are making a choice of a rural lifestyle.

Awareness film combines with farm info might

To Make a Farm is the feature film on Wednesday, Mar.7

r the Annual Farming and Gardening Gala co-presented by Awareness Film Night and the Sooke Region Food CHI.

The evening will feature the film To Make A Farm, booths of local gardening and farming products and information, tea and goodies by the Edward Milne Community School Culinary Arts class (by donation), a plant and seed exchange, a panel of local growers to answer gardening and farming questions after the screening and some door prizes.

To Make a Farm follows the lives of five young people in Canada who decided to become small-scale farmers despite having no backround in this demanding profession.

A visual work of art, the film is simple but poignant as it depicts the daily challenges and triumphs these farmers face over the course of one year.

It was called “exceptionally hopeful” and was rated as one of the 10 most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival. From Leslie and Jeff who just bought their own farm, to Tarrah and Nathan who operate a 50-acre farm, to Wes who is living in a tent beside his newly broken field, their optimism and perseverance inspire hope for the future.

The film is a practical and personal exploration of farming and local food. The gala will be held at Edward Milne Community School theatre and foyer and admission is by donation. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; the film is at 7:15.

Proceeds will go to Farmer2Farmer Network, a program set up by Food CHI to support farmers in the area. It takes a community to feed a community.

For more information on awareness film nights, go to: www.awarenessfilmnight.ca.