Gifts from the Good Land


Gifts from the Good Land
Runtime: 06:06

The Randles have been running Randle Farms just outside of Auburn, Alabama, since 1975. Frank Randle first planted blueberries before growing to what son Franklin now calls a “predominately diversified farm” and one of the South’s few farms rearing sheep and lambs.The farm is has also been providing lamb to the southeastern Muslim community for over 30 years, and today they even have a small and simple facility on site for patrons who adhere to halal and other traditional butchering.These days Frank has passed on the leadership role to his two sons Franklin, who is the shepherd of the farm’s flock of sheep and lambs, and Zachary, who spends his days growing and tending the farm’s produce. This short documentary film explores the farm, the Randle family, and the role of farming in bridging cultural divides in the Southeast.

SidewalkFood Farm Film FestivalCucalorus 2017

Published by ava

Director Ava Lowrey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. Since 2005, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience and as a means of social activism. As creator of PeaceTakesCourage, millions have viewed Ava’s work and she has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, Mother Jones Magazine, and more. As a director Ava has completed multiple short documentaries and screened at festivals across the country. A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Ava’s films often focus on her southern roots, sharing untold stories centered in the American south.