Letter: Farm School, WICA team up for event


The Organic Farm School and Thriving Communities are teaming up to host a special film screening event at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21. This event promises to delve into the heart of regenerative farming, showcasing its impact through three powerful documentaries.

The evening will feature “Nourishing Soil, People, and Community” – The Organic Farm School Film alongside two other short documentaries produced in 2023 by Thriving Communities. One focuses on the achievements of Cleveland’s Rid-All Green Partnership in urban farming, and the other on Spirit Farm, led by a Navajo farmer in New Mexico, demonstrating the strength of indigenous agricultural practices.

Regenerative farming is making waves for its potential to significantly reduce methane emissions by 20-40% through improved manure management and soil health. Additionally, these practices have been shown to boost soil organic matter by 0.5-1% annually, enhancing water retention, fertility and resilience against climate challenges. (Source: Rodale Institute)

“But achieving these positive changes is quite complex and requires a regenerative culture as well as regenerative farming practices,” said Organic Farm School Executive Director Judy Feldman, a panelist at the upcoming screening.

Following the film screenings, a panel discussion will explore the themes and implications of regenerative agriculture. The event will conclude with a gathering at Zech Hall for guests to connect further over light refreshments.

Jerry Millhon of Thriving Communities reflects, “Our documentaries aim to inspire by showing real-world examples of how communities can thrive through connection to the land and each other. It’s about creating a sustainable future, starting with the soil.”

Join us for a thought-provoking evening, uncovering the transformative power of community and connection and its vital role in the future of food and climate.

Anna Zefferys

Organic Farm School