NEWBERRY — Have you ever wondered what it took to be a farmer? Now you may have your chance with the Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District’s movie night, scheduled for this Sunday.
“We will be watching the movie Farmland. The film takes you into the lives of six different farmers. This film will appeal to people in Newberry because it depicts the life of a farmer, and shows a lot about the everyday life for Newberry County residents,” said Danielle Rowe, district coordinator for NSWCD. “The film also gives an appreciation for farmers and what it entails to be a farmer.”
Farmland’s official website, farmlandfilm.com, states that Farmland will take an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming business.
The idea to show Farmland came from Ben Setzler, chairman of NSWCD. The film is being shown at his family farm, Setzler Farms, 3241 College St. in Newberry. The showing begins at 8 p.m.
“While at the Farm Bureau Conference, I was told about the film and thought it would be good to hear the story of food, as told by the farmer, seeing as we are a town with such deep agrarian roots,” he said.
The NSWCD will use FunFlicks Outdoor Movies in Columbia to show the film. The cost is being paid by NSWCD, and will be free to the public. FunFlicks will be providing a 26 foot screen (which can accommodate 800 people), projector, DVD player and speakers.
FunFlicks does have a rain policy just in case the weather is not suitable for an outdoor film. If there is a 50 percent chance of rain or winds forecast to be 15 miles per hour, FunFlicks reserves the right to cancel the event. If the chances of rain are less than 50 percent NSWCD can choose to postpone or proceed with the film.
During the event, members of the Newberry Future Farmers of America will be selling food and drinks as well as handling parking.
“The road going to the farm goes back toward the turkey farm, the road then splits. The movie will be on one side and the parking on the other side. The members of the FFA will take charge of directing parking,” Rowe said.
To help promote the event, Rowe has printed flyers and has spread the word to farmers and to vendors at the Farmer’s Market. She has also sent out postcards to members of the NSWCD and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, an organization the NSWCD frequently collaborates with.
Rowe recommend that guests arrive at least 30 minutes prior and bring lawn chairs and blankets. This is a family friendly event, and alcohol and smoking will not be permitted nor will outside food.
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