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The Soul of A Farmer - Trailer

A Woman and Her Farm

As a former chef at top New York restaurants, Patty Gentry instinctively knows what her customers want and need. “She is the Picasso of vegetables,” Isabella Rossellini, the international movie star and activist, who is also Patty’s landlord, tells us. In one scene, Isabella laughingly says, “Patty encourages me to take her garbage to my animals, but I go through it first, because she throws away things other farmers would sell.”
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The film follows Gentry’s unconventional path, but perhaps most significantly, Patty starts a CSA—Community Supported Agriculture—to provide families with weekly shares of produce. “Everyone buys a share in the farm,” she explains. “And, they pay in advance,” which restaurants do not do. We see members cutting their own herbs, strolling through the fields with their children, receiving Patty’s cooking wisdom. She tells us the CSA is relieving some of the pressure of the week-to-week vagaries of supplying restaurant orders. “The CSA is so joyful and feels effortless. People are happy to try anything. This week I had a ton of long beans on the chefs’ list but no one bought them. So, I have enough to give each CSA member almost a pound of these magnificent beans.”
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What separates Patty from most other farmers, I believe, is that she is sustained by the poetic magic of farming. Every Saturday at daybreak, she writes a heartfelt, lyrical letter to her CSA members. Reading a portion of one letter, which ends the film, she begins, “I want you to know we think about you all week and anticipate with joy your arrival at the farm on Saturday mornings….” She describe the wonderful bounty they’re soon to receive, sharing ideas of how to cook—and think about––her vegetables. This week’s hopeful sign-off: “Like a rose under the April snow, Patty.”
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-Roger Sherman, Filmmaker
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Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center | 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

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AAQ / Resource: Brian J. Mahoney | Landscape Architecture

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