Happy New Year!
Hello again, Stett here. Happy post-holidays. I’ve been quiet the past few months, but a lot has happened since you last heard from me.
After the Food Forward road trip came to an end, my family and I moved to Sebastopol, Calif. Santa Cruz was great, but if ever there were a Food Forward town, it’s Sebastopol. Local food abounds. There are more than a dozen cheesemakers nearby, great local farms, talented chefs, and a thriving livestock industry. We even connected with a cowshare and now get our milk from a sweet Jersey cow named Dalila.
While Greg still lives in Berkeley, he’s been spending most of his time working with editors, our excellent animator Justin Ridge and fundraising, fundraising, fundraising. And Food Forward co-creator Brian Greene has jumped back in to lend his steady hand and expertise.
The big news of the year was that PBS officially picked up Food Forward! San Francisco’s KQED is our presenting station, but PBS will be our distribution partner. The national debut of our pilot episode is set for April. Watch for it!
We couldn’t have come this far without our four big sponsors: Organic Valley, Annie’s, International Studies Abroad and Animal Welfare Approved. We’re a new show and given the lowly state of the economy, many companies are financially tapped these days, but these businesses believed in our mission when it mattered most. And now we’re thrilled to announce that Stonyfield Farm has come aboard as a sponsor, too.
Stonyfield is a true leader in the organic arena and a model for socially and environmentally responsible business. They help to support hundreds of family farms and keep over 200,000 agricultural acres free of persistent pesticides and other chemicals commonly used on non-organic farms and known to contaminate soil, drinking water, air and food. Check out Stonyfield CE-Yo wrapping down about the benefits of organics. Thanks and welcome.
Two thousand and eleven was a big year for Food Forward and 2012 is going to be even bigger with the national premiere of our first episode. We’ll also begin producing new episodes on subjects like sustainable fishing, school lunch reform, food policy, and alternative agriculture. Going forward, I will be in touch about our progress and interesting food rebels I meet along the way. The good food movement continues to grow and I’m convinced a better food system is being born. Stay tuned for more.