In Quebec's Kamouraska Valley, Patrice Fortier is putting down roots at his seed company, La Société des plantes. Like a copyist in the Middle Ages, he is meticulously preserving rare and forgotten cultivars with the goal of breeding the "heirlooms of the future". As Patrice gardens, he daydreams and transforms his harvests into art projects. The seasons come and go, his patience and care express his passion and knowledge, and his seed bank grows. His tiny storehouses of life will eventually sprout in thousands of vegetable gardens around the world. At the center of this paean to plant biodiversity and agricultural heritage is a unique, genetically motivated seed producer. Watch: the impossible is underway. Written by
Ms. Perron gives us a glimpse into the life of farmer, teacher, seed salesman and artist, Patrice Fortier, who lives in a remote part of Quebec where he grows heritage vegetables. His impressive horticultural knowledge, passion for getting his hands dirty and quirky-but-profound philosophical outlook on the beauty the world has to offer in all things that grow from a seed are all characters in this quietly rich documentary that spans seasons. Along with the wind... the ever-present wind. I saw this film at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, where the filmmaker attended, and was impressed by its beauty and intimate look into Patrice's life.
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