With the goal of rebuilding Indiana’s local foodshed, Janet Katz pursued her Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. For her Capstone Project, she interviewed innovative farmers and visionary leaders working to bring fresh, locally grown food to their communities. Though Janet didn’t set out to create a documentary, she was so inspired by the personal conviction behind these grassroots stories that she felt compelled to share them. She hoped that by capturing these passionate, authentic voices from the Heartland, she could help to inspire those who were skeptical about the value of locally grown food.
For two years, Katz worked with Mission 3 Media, to record interviews with a diverse array of over forty farmers, teachers, marketers, chefs, policy makers and consumers, each convinced that growing their local food economy will make their community healthier and more resilient. From Fencerows to Foodsheds weaves together the compelling narratives of these quiet revolutionaries.
Janet and her husband live on Green Oak Farm near Fort Wayne, Indiana where she plans to continue to find ways to inspire others to rebuild their foodshed.
Joe is the founder of Mission 3 Media and a tireless advocate for the power of film to inspire and influence positive change. Always eager to uncover and share stories of people working to impact their world, Joe jumped at the opportunity to engage Mission 3 Media in the filming of what would eventually become the feature length documentary, From Fencerows to Foodsheds. Joe has enjoyed pursuing his passion for filmmaking and has been privileged to see his craft allow him to work locally and around the world.
Frank Krywicki is a cinematographer and film editor. But filmmaking is more than a job to Frank; it’s his passion. His ambition is to tell stories that engage and inspire others to learn, grow, and work toward positive change. When Frank met Janet Katz, he knew she had an important story to tell. It has been his honor and privilege to work alongside her and Mission 3 Media on From Fencerows to Foodsheds.
Frank began his film career in 2003, when he was hired as a videographer for a local media firm. Frank has enjoyed working on a wide variety of film projects, including local business video profiles, church and inspirational messages, event videography, and, most recently, a documentary project in Uganda, Africa aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking.
Frank lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife and daughter. He is looking forward to working on other projects similar to Janet’s that will encourage and empower local communities to impact the world.