Climate change is real, it’s here and it’s the greatest challenge of our time. Extreme weather is already pushing struggling farmers and communities to the brink. Even in the face of hardship, stories of hope emerge from the front lines of the struggle to feed the world. Meet the innovative farmers, communities, and leaders, planting the seeds of resilience for the future of food-and our planet.

Farmers share the important task of feeding communities and sustaining rural economies. Climate change will have a tremendous impact on food production. It is not clear exactly what the impacts will be, but one thing is clear:

The small farmer is and will be impacted by climate change.



Director, Executive Producer


Koorosh had an early introduction to the world of video production at the age of 14, when he accompanied his mother as she hosted a show on a local cable access tv station.

Koorosh later went on to receive a degree in film and media studies at George Mason University, where he was Director of the Mason Cable Network for four years. After graduating, he focused his work on video journalism and documentary, working for the Associated Press.

Since then, he has produced media in English, Spanish and Farsi for various non-governmental organizations, universities and businesses, including The World Bank Institute, The E-Collaborative for Civic Education, and George Mason University.

In his free time Koorosh is an avid gardener and world traveler. Harvests of Hope is a project that allows him to merge his work in film with his love of nature and the outdoors.


Director, Executive Producer

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Karen has a lifelong passion for food, farming and education.

After years of researching, teaching and advocacy, Karen grew tired of being inundated with disempowering and hopeless messages about our broken food system, and the future of the planet. She set out to find a real reason for hope, and that’s how the idea of Harvests of Hope was born.

When Karen isn’t filming or working on her PhD, she enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. She loves traveling- and eating around the world, especially in Brazil where her family is from. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

She hopes one day to start an educational farm where people can come together to share ideas and promote community resilience through food and farming.

In 2009 Karen received the Jonathan Daniels Sholarship for diversity and service at Antioch University New England.