From award-winning journalist Jared Flesher comes SOURLANDS, a provocative tale of ecology, energy, and agriculture.
In the Sourlands of New Jersey, a rampaging deer herd, invasive plants, and wholesale habitat destruction threaten the local ecosystem. Farmers in the surrounding valley battle against high land prices, high property taxes, and increasingly erratic weather patterns. A group of local engineers searches for new ways to save energy and stop global warming. Pay close attention, and the challenges facing this community look a lot like the challenges facing ecosystems, farmers, and energy visionaries everywhere.
The message of cautious hope presented in the film is just as universal: To start solving complicated environmental problems, we need to forgo quick fixes and start restoring the naturalworld — and people's connection to it -- from the forest floor up.
Jared Flesher is an award-winning journalist, writing often about energy, agriculture and the environment. His work has been published by The New York Times Online, The Wall Street Journal Online, Grist, The Christian Science Monitor, New Jersey Monthly, and Edible Jersey. Jared’s first film, The Farmer and the Horse, aired on PBS in New Jersey in November 2010 and is now distributed nationally by Chelsea Green Publishing.