“We loved the unique view of a chef-turned-farmer and the things Patty did to stay in business as the economy shifted.”
Best Short + Audience Award, Ag & Art Film Festival
The Soul of A Farmer follows Patty Gentry, a former chef, as she battles to earn a living on her three acre Early Girl Farm on Long Island. Isabella Rossellini, from whom Patty rents her land tells us, “Patty is the Picasso of vegetables!”
The 35 minute documentary upends the romance of farm-to-table. Buying fresh produce directly from farmers markets and at farm stands is wonderful. But the farmer’s life is a constant struggle. We watch Patty work her butt off (with her small, mostly female team) seven days a week, growing the vegetables her top chef clients treasure.
Patty’s passion is to constantly improve her soil, increase her yield of organic vegetables, and just as urgently scramble to stay afloat.
Isabella Rossellini, actor/activist, daughter of Ingrid Bergman, owns the land Patty rents in Brookhaven, Long Island: she saved 18 acres from development.
Missy Robbins, chef/restaurateur, Lilia and Misi in Brooklyn. Best Chef NYC James Beard Foundation. All in Brooklyn.
Andrew Tarlow, restaurateur, Roman’s, Diner, Marlow & Sons, Reynard, Achilles Heel.
“The restaurateur who invented Brooklyn,” Bon Appetit.
Anita Lo, Anisa, Michelin star, NY Times three stars in Greenwich Village. Iron Chef winner, she beat Mario Batali. Manhattan.
Sohui Kim, Insa, Gage & Tollner, The Good Fork. Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list five years running, “Essential Eater 38” list three years in a row, all in Brooklyn.
Mary Attea, chef, The Musket Room, Michelin star, former executive chef at Anissa, Manhattan.
Jennifer Lasker, Patty’s partner, now wife.
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Please credit Florentine Films