Academy Award winning director James Moll’s documentary “Farmland” takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s, all responsible for running their farming businesses. It’s aimed at everyone who has never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or talked to the people who grow and raise their food. But it’s for all of us too, to see that our story is being told, and that there is an effort to help folks understand that putting food on the table is a hard, high risk/high reward job. So why not take a look at it while it’s streaming free on Hulu? It’s an hour and seventeen minutes, and you can watch it on your connected TVs, blue-ray players, laptops, gaming devices, tablets or other mobile devices.
The film’s subjects come from all walks of farm and ranch life. Leighton Cooley is a fourth generation poultry farmer who grows hay for his cow calf operation. Brad Bellah, at 26 years old, says he’s probably the youngest rancher around. He runs beef cattle in Texas and Colorado. Fifth generation, Nebraska corn and soybean farmer, David Loberg, runs the family farm with his mother. They also custom feed 500 head of cows for a local dairy and run an irrigation business. Sutton Morgan focuses on raising vegetables in California, and Margaret Schlass does the same, marketing her produce through a CSA, a farmers market and to restaurant owners. Last but not least is Ryan Veldhuizen a fourth generation hog farmer in Minnesota, who also grows corn and soybeans they use for feed.
Check out these trailers, and then head on over to Hulu to see the whole documentary.