Note: The Minor Theatre's Saturday showing of Locally Grown is now sold out. However, it will be re-shown in one of the Minor's small theatres on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Reserve now at: http://cineticketing.com/websa
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Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
HUMBOLDT – Movies are becoming a favored medium for food advocates, and Humboldt’s nonprofit food education group Locally Delicious is entering the filmic fray with Locally Grown: America’s Food Revolution. The documentary shows this Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Minor Theatre, 1001 H St., preceded by a wine and cheese reception.
The 30-minute film was co-produced by Suzanne Simpson with the help of Humboldt State University. “A picture is worth a thousand words. Humboldt is filled with so many beautiful places – that was the easiest part,” Simpson said.
Riding in on a series of sumptuous Humboldt agricultural visuals, its food reform message is based on three core principles, Simpson said: economy, environment and equity. At least two of those elements are in the frame at all times as Humboldt’s food producers exemplify the emergence of a superior food system.
Environmental innovation is demonstrated by “making sure that the environment is clean and used appropriately, not 10,000 cattle in one pen. It’s keeping everything in its natural order, the way it should be.
“How you can raise 39,000 chickens that are free range, in amongst the cows that are eating grass and pooping, and the poop has grass and bugs in it, and the chickens eat that,” Simpson said. “It’s a natural way, the old way of farming that really, really works. The young farmers are discovering this.”
The goal, Simpson said, is “for a community to be able to feed all of its people. When you have farmers, dairymen and ranchers keeping their food in the community, you’re keeping your money in the community, and that makes the community strong.”
The film’s message is reinforced on its website, locallygrownthefilm.com, with essays from Humboldt State profs and links to a variety of key local food producers.
“It has been an incredible team,” Simpson said. “I had no idea it was going to be as big as it got.”
The film provides answers for those motivated to model Humboldt, Simspon said: “How do you create a community like this? How do you put together a food policy council? How do you work to make positive change in health in your community through food?
“We in Humboldt are starting this revolution and I think other communities are going to be picking up on this,” Simpson said.