Asparagus! Stalking the American Life

a feature documentary film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
produced by Spargel Productions

For 30 years, Oceana County Michigan has been the Asparagus Capital of the World. Now its spear-struck residents and family farms take on the U.S. War on Drugs, Free Trade and a Fast Food Nation, all to save their beloved roots.



  • World Premiere at 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

  • Regional PBS Broadcast on Detroit Public Television

  • Released on DVD independently and as Volume 42 of the Ironweed Film Club

  • W.K. Kellogg Good Food Film Award

  • Agricultural Communicator of the Year Award from Michigan Farm Bureau

  • 2005 P.O.V./American Documentary Inc. Art of the Documentary Pitch Winner

  • Michigan Humanities Council Rural Arts & Culture Program Grant

  • Best Documentary Award: Rural Route Film Festival

  • Audience Award: Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

  • Audience Award: Waterfront Film Festival

  • Audience Award: East Lansing Film Festival

  • Additional Festivals: DocFest at the Museum of Television & Radio, BendFilm, Kansas International, Hot Springs Documentary, EarthDance, Big Muddy, NYC Food Film Festival (and more!)