Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SeedBroadcast at the Telluride MountainFilm Fesival

Memorial Day weekend in Telluride is a time of change. One does not know if it is spring or winter from one moment to the next. It is that in between time of regrowth and renewal.  It is also the time of the Telluride MountainFilm Festival 
Mountain Film started in 1979 and is one of America's longest-running film festivals that is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about issues that matter. SeedBroadcast was invited by the Telluride Institute and the Southwest Institute for Resilience to have a presence at this years festival in conjunction with the film Seeds of Time,

Setting up on Main Street for the Farmers Market and Ice Cream Social

Our first stop was to set up on Main Street for the Farmers Market and the Ice Cream Social. This is a free, well-anticipated community event put on by the Film Festival. The market was bustling with a variety of greens, home-made baked goods, and high altitude produce. It was the first market of the season and the local farmers were eager to sell their produce and talk about their farms and farming practices.

Newly arrived interns working at the Tomten Farm Stand.

As we were setting up we had the pleasure of talking with John Gascoyne from Fort Collins who shared the following seed story:

As the market came to a close several of the local farmers came to visit us.  The first was Kris Holstrom, who until recently, ran the Southwest Institute for Resilience and was responsible for all the recycling activities for the Film Festival. She also runs the high-altitude (9,000ft), solar powered "morganic" Tomten Farm on the mesa near Telluride   We took the time to visit her so keep checking the blog as there will be a post soon about this remarkable woman and her farm.
One of her new interns shared the following story with us:

Another local farm is the Indian Ridge Farm and Bakery in Norwood This 100 acre farm in the high San Juan Mountains is run by Barclay Daranyi and her husband Tony.

We had been warned that at every Ice Cream Social it rained and sure enough as soon as the ice cream arrived so did the rain and snow. Suddenly we became very popular!

Huddled in the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station we gathered more stories:

Our first day of SeedBroadcasting in Telluride was full of interesting encounters, with the weather, the film crowd and the local farmers...... to be continued.......

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