SBCFAN partnered with documentary maker Isaac Hernandez of Mercury Press and photographer Andrew Hill of PHAROS Creative to visit Ebby’s Farm and learn more about their challenges. Owner Mike Iñiguez and his protege, Niloofar Borojerdian met with Isaac and Andrew, talked about their work together, sharing a window into their roles as local food producers. The photographs above and the storytelling video here are the results, which helped SBCFAN to raise Mike’s story into the public eye. The resulting exposure and networking helped Mike and wife Lorena find additional resources, capital, and volunteers when they needed them most.
Highlighting local food producers like Mike, Lorena, and Niloofar reveals the challenges small farms face, and helps us all understand why we need to build a more robust food network that can better support them in the future.
THE ENDANGERED FARMER: WHY LAND, WATER, AND LABOR ARE CRITICAL TO PRESERVING REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS
AT-A-GLANCE: HOW SBCFAN IS HELPING FARMS LIKE EBBY’S
- SBCFAN’s extended Network is facilitating access to funding, other forms of capital, legal services, and long-term, sustainable farmland.
- At a critical time of need, we launched a social media campaign to quickly recruit volunteer harvesters to prevent crop loss.
- We co-produced a documentary video that shares why land, water, and labor are critical to preserving small farms like Ebby’s — and our entire regional food system.
- By distributing and amplifying Ebby’s story on multiple media channels, we are increasing awareness about the common challenges facing farmers.