Sustainable farming and local food - documentary screening and potluck

2007-12-09 17:30
2007-12-09 20:30


Come and enjoy delicious food and a screening of the inspiring documentary The Polyface Farm. Polyface, featured prominently in Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma, is a family owned organic farm that sells their products locally in Virginia, USA. The farm services more than 1,000 families, 4 retail outlets, and 30 restaurants within their region and is a fantastic model for future food production. Learn more about the farm at:

The film is a comprehensive look at one of the world's finest working examples of an environmentally friendly family farm through the course of one full year of farming. Join entrepreneur and passionate farmer Joel Salatin as he explains balance and interconnectedness of the landscape, community, plants and animals. Hard-hitting and practical, Salatin's explanations will revolutionize your thinking about food and farming in a proactive, can-do style. Both "how" and "why" unite in this information-rich DVD that will impact your life as powerfully as any performance.

The screening will be followed by a short panel discussion on local food in Saskatchewan. Our panel members have a broad background in local food, i.e. where to get it, how to grow it and why it is so important that we start to look for more local food options. Don Mitchell published his book The Politics of Food in 1975, and has been active on issues of sustainable and cooperative food production ever since. He will address questions about the benefits of and barrier to local food markets. Elaine Sukava is project coordinator for Saskatchewan Organic Directorate's (SOD) Food Miles Campaign and has worked with the local food movement for many years. Heather Jensen lives in Regina and has been eating predominantly local for the last two years. She will be able to answer questions such as: Where can I get local apples, is it difficult to preserve food over the winter? Shayna Stock is the new publisher of Briarpatch Magazine, and will talk about her experience crossing Canada this summer visiting intentional communities and blogging about what she found.

Please join us for this important discussion!

Bring a dish to share, your own plate and your own cutlery. Please note that the potluck is optional and that you are welcome to come by anytime during the evening.

5:30 pm: potluck starts
6- 7:15 pm: movie screening
7:30 pm: panel discussion

Cost: Free, but a $5 donation nets you a copy of the hot-off-the-press December/January issue of Briarpatch.

This event is co-sponsored by Regina EcoLiving and Briarpatch Magazine. Rock the Boat Books will have a book table.