“Ripe for Change” A Fair Food – Field to Table Film Screening & Discussion

Fair Food

“Ripe for Change” Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Jed Riffe & Sneak Peak at “Rhythms of the Land” by Dr. Gail Myers

At Mare Island Preserve! Free & Open to the Public!

Join California Institute for Rural Studies for what we hope will be the first in a series of engaging events on “Just what is Fair Food?” Taking a nudge from our own multi-media production, “Fair Food – From Field to Table,” we wanted to host an event bringing films & advocates together, keeping the discussion going.

For our first film we’ll be featuring “Ripe for Change,” by Bay Area filmmaker Jed Riffe, who will be with us to talk and take questions after the film. Part of the California and the American Dream series, it spawned it’s own community engagement training program, sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities.

“This fascinating documentary explores the intersection of food and politics in California over the last 30 years. It illuminates the complex forces struggling for control of the future of California’s agriculture, and provides provocative commentary by a wide array of eloquent farmers, prominent chefs, and noted authors and scientists. The film examines a host of thorny questions: What are the trade-offs between the ability to produce large quantities of food versus the health of workers, consumers, and the planet?”

We’re also excited to show a sneak peak trailer for a new film in the works, ‘Rhythms of the Land,” by filmmaker, anthropologist & activistDr. Gail Myers, and she will also be with us to introduce her film and take part in the questions and discussions after the film.

“Rhythms of the Land” is a documentary film project, a valentine to generations of black farmers from the enslavement period to the present, whose intense love of the land and dedication to community enabled them to survive against overwhelming odds.  They struggled without either reward or recognition, and have been written out of the dominant narratives of American agriculture.”

After the films we’ll have a lively Q&A session with the filmmakers and you!

Our partners from Slow Food Delta Diablo & Slow Food Solano will be there with us, keeping everything convivial, and come early or stay late to enjoy the hidden gem of the Bay Area, historic Mare Island. The Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve is on the Southern side of the Island, with sweeping views of the Bay, hiking trails, picnic areas and the oldest Naval Cemetary west of the Mississippi, with graves dating back to the 1860’s. We’ll be watching the movie in their Visitors Center – formerly a 1934 Ammunitions Bunker! The event is free & open to the public, though donations are gratefully accepted!


Email Sarah at , or call 530.756.6555 xt 17

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Date(s) - Sun, Jul 13, 2014
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
1595 Railroad Avenue, Vallejo

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