"The Real Dirt on Farmer John" A Fair Food – Field to Table Film Screening & Discussion

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

“In the end, it’s really an optimistic story about the resurrection of the American soul, and it starts with the soil.”

Documentary – 2005 – Directed by Taggart Siegel
The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America.

Screening & Discussion

with Nigel & Lorraine Walker, Eatwell Farm, Dixon, CA
Dr. Gail Myers, Moses Omolade & Janell Lee, Farms to Grow, Oakland, CA
And Jeff and Annie Main, Good Humus Farm, Orland, CA – subjects of the film, “The Last Crop.” We’ll be showing the brand new extended trailer, for this years-in-the-making film!

Free & Open to the Public!

Join us for another film event exploring “Just what is Fair Food?” Taking a nudge from our own multi-media production, “Fair Food – From Field to Table,” we are hosting these events to bring films & advocates together, keeping the discussion going.

Next up is “The Real Dirt on Farmer John.” Documenting 70 years — the Petersons were prolific filmers of their own lives — The Real Dirt on Farmer John paints a picture of a man whose enigmatic passions went against the grain of life in tiny Caledonia, Ill., a town about 75 miles west of Chicago.
But Peterson’s idiosyncrasies, which once brought death threats and rumors, eventually led him to go the organic route, adopting the Community Supported Agriculture model of farming. His company, Angelic Organics, is thriving. It now sends herbs and vegetables to over 1,600 CSA subscribers in the Chicago area.

We are so lucky to have many wonderful CSAs in our area. Come and learn about how CSA models are as different as the farmers and community groups that use them, and how they create an even stronger community. Our guests are wonderful local examples, they are innovative and feed thousands of people.

Our Special Guests Are:

Nigel and Lorraine Walker, owners and operators at Eatwell Farm. Nigel has been farming for 30+ years. He and Eatwell Farm are widely known across the greater San Francisco Bay Area as a skilled farmer & producer of top-quality eggs and veggies, one of the foremost CSA’s in the area, as well as one of the founding farmers of the famous San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market. Nigel is also enlarging the farms poultry program, with a Barnraiser project. By breeding their own cruelty-free, dual-purpose, heritage flock, they will increase the resilience, productivity and happiness of their birds while eliminating the need to buy from hatcheries where hatchling destruction is practiced. They aim to set the example to the community for how to transition to this more humane and sustainable system. Lorraine, along with being a partner on the farm is also the developer of the delicious fermented beverage, Drinkwell Softers. They’ll be binging treats to share and CSA boxes plus a discount code for anyone who wants to sign up to be a member of the farm!

Dr. Gail Myers, Moses Omolade and Janell Lee, of Farms to Grow, Inc. Farms to Grow is working with California’s Black farmers, urban gardeners, food preservers, and a worker owned food cooperative of the Freedom Farmers Market Cooperative, to build a new CSA program. Their ‘Harvest Box’ CSA share membership program will serve low wealth families, daycare centers, elders, and other CSA supporters.

Annie and Jeff Main, of Good Humus Produce, in the Capay Valley. Now in their early 60s, the Mains, like many farmers, are being confronted with the future of their working family farm. It is a story being echoed across the nation. The Mains, true to their pioneering spirit, are now creating an alternative for their farm’s succession that ensures its productive future. We’ll show the NEW Trailer for “The Last Crop” which tells their story. The film captures the intractable nature of sustaining a small local farm, and the stakes we all have in making certain they can survive and thrive. This film has been six years in the making.

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

Our two local Slow Food chapters, Slow Food Delta Diablo & Slow Food Solano will again be partnering with us so you can expect some delicious taste treats! We’ll also again have delicious popcorn from POP Mama POP! 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 Cemetery 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 19
Visit our website www.cirsinc.org

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Date(s) - Sun, Sep 21, 2014
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
1595 Railroad Avenue, Vallejo

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