Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Filmmaker Chris Bedford has been invited to appear at the McGuire Community Room of the Woodmere Branch of the Traverse Area District Library on Sunday, May 29th from 2 to 4 pm. His film “Getting Real about Food and the Future” will explore the need for people to grow their own food and to learn the skills needed for home gardening.
You will also learn about a collaborative, community project of Transition Town Traverse City and the Urban Farming Collective, who are challenging Traverse City residents to turn our yards into food producing “YARDens”! Traverse City is in friendly competition with Transition Town Marquette to see which city will claim the title of “100 YARDen Dash Town of Michigan.
WHAT: Film showing “Getting Real about Food and the Future” and kick-off of the “100 YARDen Dash!”
WHEN: Sunday, May 29th, 2-4 PM
WHERE: Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, Traverse City, MI
WHY: To learn even more ways for Traverse City residents to build a healthy, local food system; AND, lawns are lovely, but YARDens are lovely in a way that feeds our families!
Urban Farming Collective, contact Teri Van Hall at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or, Transition Town Traverse City: Gailia Masselink, 231-360-3964
MORE ABOUT the 100 YARDen Dash:
By Johanna Boyle, from the Mining Journal in Marquette, MI
“Expect to see gardens this summer in Marquette, but not just the kind with flowers. The Transition Marquette group, which looks at preparing the community for life after oil production peaks, has announced the start of the 100 YARDen Dash, a program designed to encourage 100 or more households to transform all or part of their yard into a food-producing garden.
“It’s really about gaining skills,” said organizer Steve DeGoosh, who transformed his own small yard into a food-producing garden, which he ended up calling the “Yarden.”
On a plot of land less than 50 square feet, DeGoosh said he was able to produce hundreds of pounds of food each season.
“Just the impact you can have in your own food supply is amazing,” he said.
Now the goal is to have at least 100 new or expanded food-producing gardens in the Marquette area this summer, a challenge to the Marquette community itself and to the Traverse City Transition group, which is holding a similar program this summer…..”
To read more of the article go to: http://www.miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/561956/Project-encourages-residents-to-grow-food.html?nav=5006
MORE ABOUT the film: “Getting Real about Food and the Future”
The growing oil, water, and climate crises threaten food security in all communities. This new film by Chris Bedford looks at the deeper issues of food security and community survival in this new age of global chaos and scarcity. “Getting Real about Food…
Food is at the heart of the community transactions we must begin to survive and thrive in this time of Transition.
“Getting Real about Food & the Future” is ALSO available to view in low resolution for free on Vimeo. Take a look. If you want to order a DVD go to www.localharvest.org and search Chris Bedford Films.