In the fall semester, students in Professor Matt Ryan’s PLSCS 1900 class "Sustainable Agriculture" are asked to create a short film conveying a particular aspect of sustainable agriculture. Food and Agriculture Librarian Ashley Shea works with the class to teach traditional research search strategies, videography skills (including storyboard planning, film capture techniques and the use of editing software), and basic copyright rules and fair use considerations.

More than fifty films are submitted annually by students and judged by their classmates on creativity, quality of videography and clarity of message. Students present their films to the class during a “film festival” held in Mann Library’s conference rooms while staff from Mann serve popcorn.

All students that consent to sharing their film deposit it here for the benefit of the Cornell community. The top 15 films that were selected by the instructors and their peers are noted below, in addition to being displayed at a special exhibit on the first floor of Mann Library during the two-week December exam period.

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  • Youth in Nature: The Future of Sustainable Agriculture 

    Rigas, Dina (2021-11-01)
    This film discusses how the growing disconnect of humans (specifically youth) from nature can prove detrimental to the future of sustainable agriculture. Programs such as Primitive Pursuits and the Learning Farm among ...
  • Superweeds 

    Dart, Sharla; Kangacha, Jeff; Newell, Eli (2021-11-01)
    Weeds are evolving to survive our attempts to terminate them; in this video, Assistant Professor of weed science Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie offers an overview of herbicide resistance problems in New York and the emerging strategies ...

    Njagi, Jensen; Wang, Cong (2021-11-01)
    A Kenyan young boy mixed-farm trip in NY state
  • Sustainable Agriculture for Horse Farms 

    Sill, Sydney (2021-11-01)
    This video gives a brief overview on how horse farmers can be more environmentally sustainable by improving their manure management and pasture management.
  • No Till Zone 

    Shaw, Cameron (2021-11-01)
    This film takes the approach of a music video to educate listeners on and address the benefits of no till and low till farming systems when compared to conventional farming.
  • Food Is Life 

    Brun, Gabby; Cangelosi, Angelina; Fouch, Tyler (2021-11-01)
    This video exposes the climate implications of food waste and implores the food system to collaborate on solutions that nurture the environment.
  • Future of Food? 

    Moscarella, Serena; Pedro-Pascual, Jessica; Suzuki, Natsumi; Knoepffler, Albert (2021-11-15)
    This film investigates the impact of COVID-19 on global food supply chains and the lives of 8 people from Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Kenya, Australia and Italy with a focus on sustainability.
  • Making Sustainability Accessible 

    Megale, Lily; Anderson, Will; Mbondo, Yvonne (2021-11-15)
    This short film discusses how sustainability in food can be made more accessible to both farmers and consumers through a number of ways, namely promoting availability of meat alternatives and increasing opportunities for ...
  • Land Access in New York State 

    Johnson, Sophia; Mantilla, Alexandra; Punyashthiti, Fah-sai; Nichols, Peyton (2021-11-01)
    This short documentary discusses the barriers to accessing and acquiring agricultural land in New York State, specifically in relation to BIPOC farmers.
  • One Third Wasted : A look at Sustainable Consumption 

    Dalena, Nick (2021-11-15)
    This Film explores food waste at different levels of the supply chain.

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