| Published: January 18, 2013 – 11:18 pm
Films & Filmmakers series at The Clyde
Nate is a South Whidbey in-law (his brother Matt Simms and family live in Langley), but in his documentary Brunswick he has hit upon a subject in his part of the country that resonates as well here.
For seven years Nate Simms followed the fight over what should happen to elderly farmer Sam Bonesteel’s land, acreage that he sold to old family friends who assured them they’d keep it in farmland. But they sold it to a developer to build 140 homes, convincing the local planning board (of which one of them was a member) that it just wasn’t feasible to farm in Brunswick anymore. To counter that argument, Nate visited another family farm, one that had converted to a CSA and thrived. In the process, he learned a lot about the power of zoning regulators, the future of farming, and the pressures that suburbia puts on rural areas. It’s bound to be a lively Q&A afterward. See more at www.brunswickfilm.com or go to the Brunswick Facebook Page.