Casey Toth | Visual Journalist
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As it rebounds from bankruptcy, the city of Vallejo, CA, is deciding who it wants to be. Some residents want to bring back the maritime industry that once brought prosperity. Some residents want to take a chance on new industries, tourism and technology. A proposed marine terminal and accompanying slag cement factory sits at the crux of this decision – and city council holds the power with a single vote.

 

 

Each day Dave Artigues faces financial and emotional uncertainty as he unravels his 15-year tenure as the owner of a small goat farm in North Carolina. This short verité documentary chronicles his journey of learning to let go – and viewers are left wondering about the future of sustainable agriculture.

 

 

Devon Hall and Elsie Herring are two residents of Duplin County, the hog capital of the world, who speak out against the environmental injustice perpetuated by the industry’s waste disposal methods.

 

 

Banana production is both a blessing and a threat to Bocas del Toro, Panama. It once built the region’s infrastructure, and continues to provide steady employment for the people. However, the lack of genetic diversity in banana plants creates a reliance on fungicides that, along with sediment runoff, negatively affect marine ecosystems. A new resistant fungus is affecting global banana production but has yet to reach the Western Hemisphere.

 

 

The Carolina Food Summit commissioned a short film about their first annual gathering of leaders in North Carolina’s food community. They discussed the issues facing the state’s fragile foodways. Chefs, writers, non-profit founders, restaurateurs, and scholars shared their perspectives about a range of contemporary topics from school lunch, hunger, policy, sustainability, and flavor.

 

 

Come on a (very short) journey with a small harvest of carrots to see how much time, love, and energy goes into making great food.

 

 

Bob Parker says he’s 83, looks to be 63, and acts as if he’s 43. His secret: fishing. Parker fishes for white perch in Lake Gaston five or six days a week. He loads and unloads the boat, moves with ease, and sometimes reels in enormous, 50-pound catfish. Parker enjoys being out on the water, teaching others to fish, and sharing his catch with friends and family. He dreads the day he will no longer be able to fish and contribute to his community. All around him he sees people who are often much younger than him fall ill and become unable to do what they love. Until that day comes, all he can do is enjoy life and remain active.

 

 

“I’m in my second childhood,” Leora Cassells says. “I just have so much energy when I’m around him.”