Today, Auburn, Maine faces an inflection point. For the past few years, a debate has been raging over the town’s agricultural zone. Should Auburn maintain its current path, one that has ensured that woodlands and farmland are protected from the pressures of development and sprawl? Or should it change the rules to try to encourage development in the way that so many other towns and cities across the country have already?
This film combines my personal experience working in Auburn, Maine with interviews of both farmers and government officials to gain insight into how we form relationships with the landscapes in which we live and then enact policies to shape the land to our needs.
This film is the main component of my Environmental Studies thesis at Bates College.