Farm & Night Gala in Collaboration with Awareness Film Night
Wednesday April 11
Doors at 6:30, film at 7:45
EMCS Theatre, admission by donation
The 8th Annual Farm and Film Gala co-presented with Awareness Film Night will feature vendors of farm and garden supplies, seeds, plants and locally grown/made produce and wares, info tables from regional non-profits concerned with sustaining our beautiful community, local teas and garden-inspired goodies from the EMCS culinary arts students, gift baskets and the film “Evolution of Organic”.
Academy-award nominated filmmaker Mark Kitchell’s insightful 2017 documentary retraces, through lots of archival photos and videos, the first steps of the motley crew of rebellious back to the landers, spiritual seekers and sons and daughter of farmers who rejected chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. Kitchell is known for documenting social change movements and in “Evolution” he takes filmgoers from the counter-culture 1960’s through the eventual consolidation of much of the organic food production into larger, continent-wide businesses and Alice Waters and the Foodie movement to exciting and important future innovations such as carbon farming. This is an uplifting and entertaining film and it features a lively soundtrack of music from the mind-expanding 60’s such as The Grateful Dead, Country Joe and the Fish and Bruce Springsteen.
Past annual Farm & Film Gala Evenings have included
- 2017- SEED: The Untold Story , feature film traverssing the globe showcasing passionate farmers, scientists, seed savers, educators, lawyers and indigenous communities who are wsaving local, acclimated, not genetically modified seeds.
- 2016 – Nourish, feature film tracing our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps.
- 2015 – Just Eat It, feature film on food waste followed by with a panel on food waste in Sooke.
- 2014 – Preserving Farmland, short films and speaker panel.
- 2013 – Outstanding in Her Field, short 1995 film on women in agriculture with a panel on contemporary issues for women in agriculture.
- 2012 – To Make a Farm, feature film exploring the lives of five young people entering small-scale agriculture, with a panel on new farmers in Sooke.