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The programme looks at cooperative food growing and distribution in Vermont and how the movement has developed over the past ten years.
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Module code and title: T361, Control of technology
Item code: T361; 07
First transmission date: 29-08-1978
Published: 1978
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Duration: 00:24:00
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Producer: David Nelson
Contributors: Alan Dobie; Robert Houriet; Kirk Gardner; Harrison Drinkwater; Harry Gerstenberger; David Allen; Bill Davies; Ron Albee; Diana Hernandez; Paul Hanke; Jean Lathrip; Larry Gordon; Susan Schoenfield
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Cannery; Food growing, processing and distribution
Footage description: Brief shots of Robert Houriet explaining why Vermont was attractive for young people who wanted to go into cooperative farming. Shot of a map of the U.S. Film shots of Vermont countryside and of a cooperative farm. Alan Dobie (v/o) introduces the programme. He explains how and why the cooperative movement got started in Vermont in the late 1960's. Robert Houriet, who experimented with self-sufficient farming, explains why this type of farming did not prove viable and made the formation of co-operative societies attractive. David Allen (riding on a tractor) explains why he changed from dairy farming to growing hay for one of the cooperatives. Robert Houriet points out that the cooperative farms in Vermont are now meeting the needs, completely, of the cooperative food distribution system in the state. Over shots of a dairy products factory, Allan Dobie explains why Vermont is so dependent on food imports from other states. Kirk Gardner on the staff of the State Commission of Agriculture explains how the State Government's concern over the large food imports has led it to support food cooperatives. Film of a cooperative cannery just outside Montpelier. Dobie (v/o) tells how the cannery was set up. Shots of co-op members canning their own fruit and vegetables under direction of a member of staff, Jean Lathrip. Alan Dobie (v/o) and Robert Houriet discuss the role of the cannery as a link between the growers and the cooperative food distribution network. Alan Dobie (voice over shots of Plainfield, Vermont) introduces a sequence on the food distribution cooperatives in the State. Paul Hanke, a part-time staff member of the Plainfield co-op, explains what is sold in this store and what its sources of supply are. Hanke and Dobie (v/o) go on to discuss, briefly, how his co-op is run. Alan Dobie (v/o) and Paul Hanke explain how the nature of its goods limits the range of people the co-op serves. Shots of Burlington, Vermont and the Onion River Co-op. Susan Shoefield, one of the co-op's full time staff, explains how they are trying to widen its appeal with the public outside the co-op movement. Shots of a meeting of staff illustrates the democratic management structure of this co-op. Kirk Gardner and Alan Dobie (v/o) discuss the need for co-ops to distribute foods which have more general public appeal if they want to supply low income families. Film of a co-op supermarket in Hanover, Vermont. This co-op sells a variety of commercial, non-organic foods as well as the organic foods from cooperative farms. Harrison Drinkwater (Co-op Customer Information Officer) explains how the co-op educates its customers to buy wholesome foods although the customers have the last word in what is stocked. Drinkwater goes on to discuss the rationale for having professional management in charge of the day to day running of a co-op. Robert Houriet gives his views on the part the co-op food movement in Vermont will play in the food supply system of the future. Kirk Gardner explains how the state Government views the future of the cooperative food chain. Susan Shoenfield and Kirk Gardner carry on with a discussion on the role of the food cooperatives in the future.
Master spool number: 6HT/72948
Production number: 00525_5315
Videofinder number: 1093
Available to public: no