Release: Under Contract Screening Sept. 21st at The Freedom School in Ohio

For Immediate Release
September 14, 2017
The Freedom School in Licking County
Contact: Janet Greene, 740-877-3506

Third Thursday Films kicks off its 2017-2018 season with “Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print,” at 7pm on Thursday, September 21 at the GMP Hall, 350 Hudson Avenue, Newark. The film is co-sponsored by The Canal Market District and the Rural Advancement Fund International (RAFI). 

Following the film, there will be a discussion with a panel of farmers from the Canal Market in Newark, Carie and Jarrod Starr from Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch ( and Jesse Rickard from Fox Hollow Farm (

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Third Thursday Films is an annual series co-sponsored by The Freedom School in Licking County, GMP Local 244, and the Licking, Knox, Muskingum, Coshocton Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

“Under Contract” is a documentary produced by RAFI. Through interviews with poultry farmers in America and India, it tells the story of new trends in agriculture. In the U.S. alone, 97% of the chicken produced is raised by family farmers under contract with large companies. Farmers who sign contracts often face unexpected challenges and hidden risks.

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About Jean Willoughby

Jean Willoughby currently serves as RAFI's Communications Manager and Project Director, overseeing our grant program for entrepreneurial and innovative farmers, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. She created the Growing Innovation website as an online library to document the Fund's nearly 20-year history of awarding grants to 600+ food and farm businesses.