Imagine a restaurant where every single ingredient comes from a local source and every worker is also a part owner. That restaurant exists in Portland Maine and it’s called Local Sprouts Cooperative.
What they’re doing may sound impossible – or at the very least, incredibly difficult. How can 18 people make business decisions democratically? Is it even possible to source local lettuce during a brutal Maine winter?
I produced a short film to answer these questions and more. After receiving a grant from the Maine Arts Commission – and working on this two year collaboration with Skylar Kelly and Seth Dussault – the film is done!