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Fertile Ground, MPB staffer win Southeast Emmy
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Fertile Ground


Mississippi Public Broadcasting is thrilled to share that the documentary Fertile Ground, which was presented on MPB Television in June 2020, recently won a Southeast Emmy in the Societal Concerns - Long Form category. The documentary explores food insecurity in Jackson, Mississippi. Southeast Emmy winners were announced June 19. 

Key crew members of the film are Robby Piantanida, executive producer; Alex Warren, director; Aaron Phillips, director of photography/producer; and producers Salam Rida, Travis Crabtree and Jocephus Martin. 

Taiwo Gaynor, MPB’s associate director of television, did the location audio and post audio mix for Fertile Ground. Gaynor has now won six Emmys. 

“I knew on our first day of shooting that we were all part of something very special; something a lot bigger than us all,” Gaynor said. “I have worked on a lot of productions, but this was by far one of the most talented and dedicated groups of people that I have ever worked with. The work truly speaks for itself.”

Fertile Ground takes a look at the extensive impact that industrial food systems currently have on Americans and follows advocates in Jackson, Mississippi who are using localized efforts to address food insecurity in under-served communities, shining a light on the potential for a healthier future through efforts to convert to communal, localized food systems.

Fertile Ground will re-air on MPB Television August 8 at 5 p.m. and August 9 at 10 p.m. Watch the 30-minute documentary on demand by visiting