Huxley College's Resilience Institute releases short film on threats to family farms

The Resilience Institute at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment has released a two-and-a-half minute film titled “Our Farms are at Risk,” which details key threats to local family farms.

The film was made by Bellingham’s Hand Crank Films. It recently won a prestigious ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation in the category of best interactive web videos.

The film features local farmers Dorie Belisle of BelleWood Acres, Larry Stap of Twin Brook Creamery, Debbie VanderVeen of Veen Huizen Farms and Troy Lenssen of Lenssen Dairy.

“We made this video to tell a moving story about the loss of farmland and what it means for rural communities,” Gigi Berardi, director of the institute’s Resilient Farms Project and a professor of Environmental Studies at Western, said in a Feb. 23 press release. “Although it is an emotional portrayal of difficulties in farming, it nevertheless carries a powerful message about the need for all farms, irrespective of size, to reduce risks to high energy prices, natural hazards like seasonal flooding, and climate change.”

The film can be viewed online at For more information on the film or the institute, contact Gigi Berardi at 360-650-2106.

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