Student documentary explores local farming history

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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Justine Hanrahan, a junior at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, is hosting a free viewing of her documentary, “History of Agriculture in Clark County.”

The film follows the development of farms and food in Clark County from the 1800s when Fort Vancouver was a fur trading post to the push for sustainability in the 2000s.

The documentary premiere will begin at 7 p.m. June 16 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

Local farmers and organizations will be on hand with display tables. Author Pat Jollota will sign copies of her latest book.

The event is free. Donations will be accepted for the St. Luke’s Scholarship Fund, a project initiated by Hanrahan to support graduating students seeking higher education.

Hanrahan believes looking at the history of agriculture in Clark County can provide county residents with the background knowledge needed to make decisions regarding agriculture sustainability and food security.