"From Fencerows to Foodsheds"
is a documentary directed and produced by Temple Member Janet Katz. Watch the movie trailer.
(Visit our Member Spotlight
page to learn about Janet & Andy Katz and their green home.)
Janet said the idea for the film evolved from her graduate studies at Green Mountain College. Her goal in pursuing the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems was to become an effective advocate for promoting the value of locally grown, sustainably produced food in Northeast Indiana.
“Though my college was in Vermont, all my coursework focused on Indiana,” she said. “I spent countless hours interviewing farmers and marketers about their work in this area, and was deeply inspired by their passion for improving the economic, environmental and social resiliency of our community through rebuilding our foodshed.”
In considering the topic of her thesis, Janet said she wanted create a way to share the inspiring stories as a way to encourage others to recognize the value of locally produced food for their own communities.
She said she chose to tell the story of two Indiana communities, Elkhart County and the Batesville region near Cincinnati, as they worked with Purdue Extension on their "Rebuilding Your Local Food System" project. She said it became clear that the most effective medium for spreading this message was through film, as "food films" are popular, and a way telling stories in an engaging & approachable way.
Though she has become an experienced storyteller, Janet said she is not a cinematographer. She worked with Mission 3 Media, a local video production company to film dozens of interviews, and then weave the interviews together into a full length documentary to help tell Indiana's own local food story. Janet is the Director and Producer of "From Fencerows to Foodsheds," and Mission 3 Media is the Cinematographer and Editor.