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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.

  • Planting Green

    What exactly is planting green? Harborview Farms shares how this practice - of planting a commodity crop directly into a living, diverse mix of cover crops - has improved farm soils and biodiversity.

  • 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.

  • SDI

    Deerfield Farm uses subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) across fields where traditional overhead irrigation systems just don't fit. This low pressure, high efficiency system delivers water and nutrients to crop root zones, and saves energy and water.

  • 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

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

  • 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 Events

  • NHFF: Delmarva and the Ground for Change

    The New Hampshire Film Festival (NHFF) will screen Delmarva and the Ground for Change on Thursday, October 6th at 3:45pm at The Rep Theatre in Portsmouth, NH. Filmmaker, Karrah Kwasnik, will be in attendance to answer audience questions.

  • MONIFF: Delmarva and the Ground for Change

    Experience the magic of in-person cinema with a special screening of Delmarva and the Ground for Change at the Monadnock International Film Festival in Keene, NH.

  • Film Screening: Delmarva and the Ground for Change

    The Delaware Soil Health Partnership invites agriculturalists and those interested in learning more about conservation on Delmarva to a free film screening of Delmarva and the Ground for Change at the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro, Delaware.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Film Press

  • Delmarva and the Ground for Change Selected at NHFF

    The USDA Northeast Climate Hub’s documentary film, Delmarva and the Ground for Change, was selected to play at the 20th annual New Hampshire Film Festival (NHFF). As a leading film festival in New England, the New Hampshire Film Festival offers four days packed with 100+ independent films alongside engaging film panels, workshops, and events in Portsmouth, NH.

    • By USDA Northeast Climate Hub
  • Delmarva and the Ground for Change Selected at MONIFF

    The USDA Northeast Climate Hub’s documentary film, Delmarva and the Ground for Change, was recently selected to play at the 10th annual Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF). MONIFF will kick-off on September 23rd, 2022 with three days of in-person screenings and events in downtown Keene, NH, followed by ten days of virtual screenings online.

    • By USDA Northeast Climate Hub
  • New Documentary Film Spotlights Soil Health and Climate Change from Farmers’ Perspective

    But Delmarva and the Ground for Change does not frame soil health practices as a silver bullet. Instead, the film elevates farmer knowledge and perspectives to show the complexities of modern-day farming systems. The documentary also reminds us that all farms have an important role to play in creating more resilient food systems in the face of current and expected climate change.

    • By USDA
  • Soil Health Film Screening - Delmarva and the Ground for Change

    On May 12, the University of Delaware and the USDA Northeast Climate Hub hosted a screening for a new film featuring three farms on Delmarva. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Filmmaker Karrah Kwasnik, Delaware State University Horticulture Specialist Dr. Rose Ogutu, and NRCS State Conservationist Kasey Taylor.

    • By Delaware Soil Health Partnership
  • Film to Feature Region’s Agriculture

    Several Delmarva growers and their environmentally conscious farming practices could make their big-screen debut next year, thanks to the USDA.

    • By The Delmarva Farmer