This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks is joined by Dave Simonds and Sarah Gardner, the director and producer, respectively, of the new film Forgotten Farms.

New England’s dairy farmers remain the backbone of the region’s agriculture but fight for survival in an age of baby greens and artisan cheese. In our enthusiasm for the new food movement, many of us have forgotten that 75 years ago traditional New England dairy farmers were at the center of a thriving local food economy. Forgotten Farms examines class divisions and cultural divides in New England’s farm and food communities.

Watch the trailer here.

dave towne

2 farmers red tractor

hay corn beauty

kathy herrick

lady on truck

“When we lose a farm…it very quickly will turn into either woods or houses. It’s very, very hard to get farmland back.” [25:40] – Dave Simonds