Walk into your local grocery store and take a minute to stand in the produce section and take a look around. Now contemplate where that food comes from? Most of it probably came from California, Mexico, and Central America. Now head over to the Deli/Butcher/Meat section. Where and how was that cow, pig or chicken raised, what was it fed and how was it slaughtered? Were the facilities clean and humane?
Why do we transport our food from far corners of the world, further depending on fossil fuels and losing out on precious nutrients when fresh, organic produce can be grown on small-scale farms within our communities? Supporting local farms not only keeps the food fresh and seasonal, it also keeps your dollars circulating within your local economy.
It is here, in the Roaring Fork Valley of Western Colorado, that HOW WE GROW tells the story of ambitious young farmers building community around locally grown food. This is a story about how young farmers are empowered by the support of mentors, legislators, educational programs, micro-finance organizations and their community in an effort to bring better food choices to their tables. The system is working here and there is a deeper message still. HOW WE GROW is the story of Millennials who have recognized a problem within our Global Food System and rather than complaining or soapboxing about the problem, they are getting back to the land, going to work and putting their hand in the dirt to solve that problem. HOW WE GROW is a story about the next generation of American farmers affecting change.
The core idea driving this film is a desire to take back our power to choose where our food comes from and how it is grown. This is a coming-of-age story of a community of farmers, ranchers, chefs and educators in Western Colorado actively building their local food economy for everyone to enjoy. Their goals are to improve the soil, make local farms completely sustainable, and produce high quality, nutritious food for their community. They are driven by the Permaculture principles of care for the land, care for the people, and sharing the surplus.
We believe this film will inspire other communities to empower a new generation of farmers, who like our characters, envision a sustainable future built on solving problems, not creating them. HOW WE GROW is our call-to-action, to recruit beginning farmers to join the local food revolution.
Doors open at 5:30 get there early to get a good seat
Pizza at 6:00
Film starts around 6:30
Pizza through a generous discount from Vancouver Pizza Company. There will be GF/Vegan as well.