The Colorado River irrigates 15 percent of the nation’s crops, making Western agriculture an issue that is crucial to the lives and dinner plates of all Americans. Conservation Generation is a new short film by the National Young Farmers Coalition that offers a look into the lives of four young farmers and ranchers in the arid West. Despite contending with the impacts of historic drought, climate change, and increased competition for water, the film’s farmers are each committed to their communities and to finding innovative solutions to water shortages.

Director/DP/Editor: Spencer MacDonald
Producer: Eva Verbeeck and Kate Greenberg
Still photography: Eva Verbeeck 
Client: NYFC

Official selection for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival and the Telluride Mountain Film Festival

All Images © Eva Verbeeck