Have you seen it?

September 27, 2008

Young people are the future. Personally, I am only 27 years old and I still feel like I am part of the future of America…the world, even. The decisions I make now will affect my future children and their children, too.

That being said, young adults in the college-age and young adult brackets have much come-uppance as of late. Baby boomers are impressed and intrigued by us. We intrigue ourselves.

The Greenhorns is a documentary film that debuted last year. It explores the lives of America’s young farming community—its spirit, practices, and needs. As the nation experiences a groundswell of interest in sustainable lifestyles, we see the promising beginnings of an agricultural revival. Young farmers’ efforts feed us safe food, conserve valuable land, and reconstitute communities split apart by strip malls. It is the filmmakers’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can inspire another generation of optimistic agrarians.

According to Kerry Trueman, “…with dwindling resources, global food shortages, climate change, and the triple threats of peak oil, peak soil, and peak water nipping at our heedless heels, industrial agriculture is becoming a “luxury” we can’t afford…”

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Slow Food Piedmont Triad Events April 27-29

April 23, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007
CHANGE! Slow Food Film Series: “King Corn”
Meet-up starts at 7, movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Green Bean, 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC

This is a rare opportunity to see a sneak preview of the documentary King Corn, as it has been shown only 5 or 6 times in the U.S. The filmmakers made it on their own and it is now making the film festival circuit.

The movie is free, but we will ask for donations to send to the filmmakers to help them toward recovering the costs of production. There will be a couple of DVDs for sale.

From one of our Slow Food members: “King Corn is a fun and informative look at the life of corn from the farm to the feedlot and grocery store through the eyes of two college grads who rent an acre of farmland in Iowa on which to grow their own corn. Viewers are introduced to local farmers, townsfolk, agricultural agents, university scientists, and Michael Pollan along the way. This is a delightful, no-hype, enjoyable documentary that is more in the spirit of ‘The Real Dirt On Farmer John’ than ‘The Future of Food.'”

Meet other Slow Foodies and socialize at 7:00 p.m. Stay after the movie for discussion of the film! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Deep Roots Market Taste Fair
12-4 p.m.
3728 Spring Garden St., Greensboro

Join Deep Roots Market for this free community celebration, featuring delicious tastings of freshly prepared organic foods and drinks, and wellness samples. There will be activities for the kids, a raffle and more. Bring the entire family and spend the afternoon outside listening to live music, enjoying new flavors and savoring old favorites! Slow Food Piedmont Triad will staff an information table. Call 336-292-9216 or visit www.deeprootsmarket.com for more details.

Sunday, April 29, 2007
Open House at Goat Lady Dairy
1-5 p.m.

The Spring Open House at Goat Lady Dairy will be Saturday, April 29 from 1-5 p.m. Tour the dairy, gardens, and pastures of a Slow Food farm. It’s a popular destination and event, and well worth the lovely drive! Goat cheese will be available for sale. A nearby sheep farm, Rising Meadow Farm, will be holding an open house the same day, so you and your family can commune with humanely and sustainably raised animals all afternoon! Directions and details are at www.goatladydairy.com.

From Goat Lady Dairy:

Goat Lady Dairy & Rising Meadow Farm
Sunday, April 29th  1 to 5 pm
Come out to the country for a lovely afternoon on the farm with all the family – ours and yours!  We are all spiffed up and ready to welcome you at both farms to see goats and sheep, kids and lambs plus cows, llamas, pigs, chickens and organicgardens.  At Goat Lady Dairy you can meet the animals, see where we make our cheese and taste and buy cheese.  You can also “throw a pot” on our local potter’s wheel.  At Rising Meadow you can see beautiful lambs and see how we turn soft wool from our multi-colored flock into beautiful yarn and yarn products.  All of our fiber and products will be for sale including fleeces, roving, sheepskins, yarn and soap and a limited supply of lamb.

This event is free and open to all EXCEPT – Please no pets!  Directions and photos at
www.goatladydairy.com and www.risingmeadow.com

See you on Sunday, April 29th, rain or shine!

Slow Food-Related Events This Week

April 1, 2007

April will be a busy month for sustainability and food-related events!  Slow Food is not sponsoring these events this week, but we are highly supportive of them and encourage you to attend.

“Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell The Coffee”

A Documentary about Fair Trade Certification

Black Gold has been shown around the world to educate the public about causes and solutions to poverty for coffee farmers around the world. 5 million coffee farmers have joined Fair Trade Certification as a way to earn a fairer wage for their coffee. Come, watch the documentary, and learn ways you can make a difference in your own actions and community. Co-sponsored by Deep Roots Market, who will be providing fair-trade coffee for the event. It will be presented free to the public twice:

Tuesday, April 3 – 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG

Thursday, April 5 – 7:00 p.m., Two Art Chicks Gallery, 609 South Elm St., Greensboro

Energy Film Festival

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library
1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro
The Power of Community – This uplifting film tells the story of how, when the Cuban people lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1990’s they survived through cooperation, conservation, and community. (50 minutes)

Sundance Summit: A Mayors’ Gathering on Climate Protection — Without national leadership on efforts that will curb global warming, mayors across the country have begun to take matters into their own hands. See how now over 400 mayors have signed onto advance climate protection. (8 minutes)

Films sponsored by the Sierra Club, Greensboro Public Library, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, League of Women Voters, and Temple Emanuel.

GROWING Community
an afternoon in the SEEDS garden with Anna Lappé

Saturday, April 7, beginning at 2 pm. Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and renowned public speaker on food politics, sustainable agriculture, globalization, and social change. Named among the fourteen forward-thinking Who’s Who in Time Magazine’s Eco-Guide, Anna and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O Magazine, Organic Style, and Vibe, among other outlets. Her book, GRUB: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, explores everything from making healthy food choices and preparing mouth-watering meals, to unmasking corporate flimflam and supporting sustainable farming, the complete guide for all who want to eat real food. Learn more about her and GRUB at www.eatgrub.org.

For details and to learn more about SEEDS, visit their web site at www.seedsnc.org.

Slow Food Films this Week

March 26, 2007

BBQ is a Noun BBQ is a Noun

Part of the Slow Food Piedmont Triad Film Series

Friday, March 30th at the green bean:  
341 south elm street, downtown greensboro
7:00 Slow Food Social
8:00 Film Screening – BBQ is a Noun

Free & open to the public, suggested donations welcome
Beverages and snacks available for purchase from the green bean.

In the Spring of 2002, Hawes Bostic and Austin McKenna set out to make a film that would set the record straight: Barbecue is a Noun . As one film subject put it, “If you use it as a verb, you can barbecue anything, but barbecue is roast pork.”

Barbecue is a Noun is the story of some very peculiar men who make a particular kind of barbecue. Their stories unfold in the small towns, strip malls, farms and backyards of North and South Carolina, conjuring insights into fading traditions andrising ambitions. Eccentric, dedicated, and patient to a fault, these men struggle against modernity and uncertain futures as the film unfolds.

Through the long hours of cooking, the camera captures extraordinary images of carcasses, smoke-filled rooms, glowing coals, swinging cleavers, and slowly roasting meat. Reputations are made, dreams are dashed and new legends are created from the fat-drenched embers of blackened pits.

Bring your story of your experience of North Carolina food traditions, pig or otherwise, for discussion after the film.

Also, the UNCG Sustainability Film Series presents The Future of Food in Jarrell Hall in Jackson Library Thursday night at 6:30.  Free and open to the public.

Slow Food Piedmont Triad Events This Week

March 18, 2007

 Tuesday, March 20, 2007: “The Slow Food Revolution”

The first Slow Food film of 2007 will be shown in Winston Salem at Parkway United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 2151 Silas Creek Parkway (corner of Irving St. and across from Forsyth Tech). Parking lot accessible via Irving St.

Meet-up begins at 7:00 p.m., and the movie will begin at 7:30. Admission is free but we encourage donations to Slow Food to help defray the cost of our programs. Contact Laura Frazier for more info: 336-971-3834.

San Marzano tomatoes“Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever, as a speed-obsessed world turns increasingly to fast

foods. To counter this trend, there is an international gastro-economic movement known as Slow Food. Its aim is to protect traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity by encouraging regional food production. The movement is now active in 45 countries.

“This film travels around the globe to record this phenomenon. Italy is the home of the Slow Food movement and there is a revival of growing such regional foods as Bronte pistachios, Sorrento lemons and the original Neopolitan tomatoes. Towns,like Orvieto, have declared themselves to be “slow cities,” free of fast food outlets, neon and noise.

San Marzano tomatoes

“In Mexico indigenous farming communities have revived ancient ways, cultivating vanilla beans and the nutritious amaranth. In Australia there is an increasing interest in Aboriginal knowledge of native “bush tucker” and a school program reconnects children to the land and its riches. The Botanical Ark in Queensland grows endangered food from all over the world, saving plants from extinction. Beautifully photographed, Slow Food Revolution is a celebration of the sustainability, seasonality and quality of the earth’s bounty.”

From www.filmakers.com/indivs/SlowFood.htm

inoculating mushroom logs

Mushroom Inoculation and Potluck at Handance Farm, March 24

A repeat event from last year, Pat and Brian Bush invites Slow Food members to learn about shiitake mushroom production by lending a hand with inoculating their logs with mushroom spawn. Explore their farm and relax with foodie friends at a potluck after the logs are finished.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Lend us a hand inoculating logs with shiitake spawn. Get some hands-on experience and help us get the work done.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Take a tour of Handance Farm and learn more about the Slow Food movement.

    chickens at Handance Farm

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring a covered dish and join us in a potluck.

Bring a potluck dish to share and folding chair if you like. Utensils and beverages provided. Wear work clothes and comfortable shoes (work gloves optional). Children are welcome at 3 p.m. for a special activity and potluck. Please leave dogs at home.

Rain date: March 31.

Directions: From Greensboro take Church St. Ext. north past Hwy 150 & 158 where it becomes Woolen Store Rd. and T’s into Ironworks Rd. Go right, then take the immediate left onto Sandy Cross Rd. Go approx. 2 miles (you’ll pass Breckenridge Mobile Home Park on right) and take left onto Baker Crossroad. Go about 200 yards and 2541 is the first house on the right (2-story white house with huge stump in front year, a big holly tree and boxwoods).

Upcoming Slow Food Events for March and April

February 13, 2007

I’ll announce this again closer to the dates, but mark your calendars now for the following Slow Food Piedmont Triad events in Greensboro and Rockingham County:

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Mushroom Inoculation and Potluck at Handance Farm
Details TBA

Last year’s mushroom inoculation and potluck was one of the most pleasant, relaxing days that I spent last spring. And a Slow Food potluck is not to be missed if you like to eat real food.

Friday, March 30, 2007
Slow Food Film Series: “Barbecue is a Noun”
Meet-up, 7:00 p.m., movie starts at 8:00 p.m.
The Green Bean, 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC

Barbecue is a Noun is the story of some very peculiar men who make a particular kind of barbecue. Their stories unfold in the small towns, strip malls, farms and backyards of North and South Carolina, conjuring insights into fading traditions andrising ambitions. Eccentric, dedicated, and patient to a fault, these men struggle against modernity and uncertain futures as the film unfolds.

Friday, April 27, 2007
Slow Food Film Series: “Fast Food Nation”
Meet-up, 7:00 p.m., movie starts at 8:00 p.m.
The Green Bean, 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC

Inspired by the incendiary bestseller that exposed the hidden facts behind America’s fast food industry, Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation traces the birth of an everyday, ordinary burger through a chain of riveting, interlocked human stories. As the film traverses from pristine barbeque smoke labs to the volatile U.S.-Mexican border, it unveils a provocative portrait of all the yearning, ambition, corruption and hope that lies inside what America is biting into.

For both films:

Come early to meet other Slow Foodies and socialize at 7 p.m. Stay after the movie for discussion of the film!

The movie is free but a donation to Slow Food is encouraged. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.


UNCG Sustainability Film Series

February 7, 2007

UNCG is sponsoring a Sustainability Film Series this spring semester, and all films are open to the public.

  • The Next Industrial Revolution, Feb. 8, Weatherspoon Auditorium
  • Blue Vinyl, February 22nd, Jarrell Hall in Jackson Library
  • Hot Zones, March 22nd, Jarrell Hall in Jackson Library
  • Future of Foods, March 29th, Jarrell Hall in Jackson Library
  • Urban Explosion, April 19th, Weatherspoon Auditorium
  • Here’s the description of the next film from the Sustainability Committee:

    “The next film in our series will be shown this Thursday night, February 8th.  It’s entitled The Next Industrial Revolution , and is based on the book by William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle .  This film (and the book) shows that it is possible to exist in harmony on planet Earth.  They discuss measures already taken by companies such as Nike, Ford, and Herman Miller Furniture.  It’s full of hope for the future, and I hope all of you will be able to attend.

    “The movie will be shown at the Weatherspoon Auditorium this Thursday at6:30 pm.  Discussion afterward will be led by Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker from the Interior Architcture department. “

    Information on the Slow Food “Food with a View” series will be out
    shortly, along with other plans for 2007.  It looks like it will be an
    exciting year, so stay tuned!