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Delmarva and the Ground for Change

Environmental stewardship of farmers around the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays has made them leaders in practices that protect and promote healthy soils. These practices also safeguard working lands against extremes posed by climate change. This film follows three different family-owned farming operations on the Delmarva Peninsula who all care about and depend on soil.


GENRE | Environmental Documentary

LENGTH | 1 hour 29 minutes

AUDIENCE | Farmers, Extension, Agricultural service providers

FILMMAKER | Karrah Kwasnik

FEATURED FARMS | Deerfield Farm, Fair Hill Farms, Harborview Farms

KEY PRACTICES | planting green, cover cropping, no-till, rotational grazing, sub-surface drip irrigation





  • Deerfield Farm

    The Hill family grows grains and vegetables, and manages a 105,000-capacity poultry operation in Lewes, Delaware. The family champions no-till farming, utilizes cover crops, and runs subsurface drip irrigation lines across some of its fields.

  • Fair Hill Farms

    Owned and operated by the Fry family, Fair Hill Farms is a 600 cow organic dairy operation in Chestertown, Maryland. The family farms about 1,400 acres, uses cover crops, and employs rotational grazing across its 260 acres of pasturelands.

  • Harborview Farms

    Harborview Farms grows corn, wheat and soybeans on a little over 10,000 acres in Rock Hall, Maryland, and is active in sequestering carbon into its soils through no-till farming, cover crops, and environmental stewardship.

  • Rotational Grazing

    Fair Hill Farms uses rotational grazing to manage both their cows and pastures. Learn why this practice is beneficial to both the farm's soil health and its ability to withstand extreme weather events.

  • Film Trailer #1

    This film follows three different family-owned farming operations on the Delmarva Peninsula who all care about and depend on soil.

  • Film Trailer #2

    This film follows three different family-owned farming operations on the Delmarva Peninsula who all care about and depend on soil.

  • Film Panel Q&A

    Join the USDA Climate Hubs and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, in this previously recorded sit down with the filmmaker, USDA soil experts, and farmers featured in Delmarva and the Ground for Change.

  • Filmmaker Interview

    Karrah Kwasnik bio image

    Karrah Kwasnik, USDA Northeast Climate Hub’s Digital Content Manager, shot, edited, and produced Delmarva and the Ground for Change. Here's why she digs into soil health from the farmer perspective.

Film Events

  • USDA Climate Hubs Live Virtual Panel Q&A

    Join the USDA Climate Hubs and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, to sit down with the filmmaker, USDA soil experts, and farmers featured in Delmarva and the Ground for Change. Together we will explore the importance of soil health practices under climate change, and answer audience questions in this one-hour, live panel event.

  • USDA Climate Hubs Film Premiere

    Register to receive on-demand early access to Delmarva and the Ground for Change, a documentary film about three different family-owned farming operations on the Delmarva Peninsula who all care about and depend on soil.

  • University of Delaware Film Screening: Delmarva and the Ground for Change

    In partnership with University of Delaware's College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, an in-person film screening of Delmarva and the Ground for Change will take place in Newark, Delaware at Main Street Movies 5 on May 12th from 6-8pm. It will be followed by a panel discussion.