California, has the largest farming economy in the United States, but climate change is threatening to change that. Years of severe drought have left small farmers feeling the squeeze as they walk the tightrope between sustainability and financial viability. Hear from them in their own words as they connect the dots between development, water rights, and food justice. Will their farms be able to survive the impending climate crisis?
Karen has a lifelong passion for food, farming and education. After years of researching, teaching and advocacy, Karen grew tired of being inundated with disempowering and hopeless messages about our broken food system, and the future of the planet. She set out to find a real reason for hope, and that’s how the idea of Harvests of Hope was born. When Karen isn’t filming or working on her PhD, she enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. She loves traveling- and eating around the world, especially in Brazil where her family is from. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She hopes one day to start an educational farm where people can come together to share ideas and promote community resilience through food and farming. In 2009 Karen received the Jonathan Daniels Sholarship for diversity and service at Antioch University New England.
Koorosh had an early introduction to the world of video production at the age of 14, when he accompanied his mother as she hosted a show on a local cable access tv station. Koorosh later went on to receive a degree in film and media studies at George Mason University, where he was Director of the Mason Cable Network for four years. After graduating, he focused his work on video journalism and documentary, working for the Associated Press. Since then, he has produced media in English, Spanish and Farsi for various non-governmental organizations, universities and businesses, including The World Bank Institute, The E-Collaborative for Civic Education, and George Mason University. In his free time Koorosh is an avid gardener and world traveler. Harvests of Hope is a project that allows him to merge his work in film with his love of nature and the outdoors.