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Events: December 2008

Documentary Screening: Tableland

Wednesday, December 3 9:00PM - Thursday, December 4 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Join Farm Fresh RI and Local 121 for a special screening of the documentary "Tableland."

Tableland is a culinary expedition in search of the people, place and taste of North American small-scale, sustainable food production. Director Craig Noble argues for the re-localization of North American food systems, and a return to a fresher, healthier way of feeding ourselves. From the orchards of BC, the inner city gardens of Chicago to the Napa Highlands and everywhere in between, "Tableland" showcases the successful production of tasty, local, and seasonal food from field to plate.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and Local 121 at the Local 121: 121 Washington St., Providence, RI.

Contact Jessica Knapp at (401) 863-6509 or by e-mail for more information.

The Young Farmers Conference: Revisiting the Culture of Agriculture

Thursday, December 4 10:00AM - Friday, December 5 12:00PM | Pocantico Hills, NY | directions | website

In addition to workshops, The Young Farmers conference will feature keynote addresses by Frederick Kirschenmann of Stone Barns Center and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm (Harborside, ME). The conference will also include entertainment, a seed swap, tabling area, networking and more.

Workshops during the conference will cover topics on four tracks:
§ Getting Started ¬ the economics of buying land and starting a business
§ General Skills ¬ raising a variety of livestock and diverse produce
§ Policy, the Farm Bill, and Global Agricultural Issues
§ The Farmer-Chef Relationship‹cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships with restaurants and chefs

Hosted by Stone Barns Center at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture: 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY.

Contact Nena Johnson at (914) 366-6200 x112 or by e-mail for more information.

Campaign For Fair Food: Florida Farmworkers Speak Out

Saturday, December 6 | 8:00PM - 9:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Florida Farmworkers Speak Out about their Victory over the Fast Food Giants

Fresh off their latest victory over Subway restaurant chains, workers from the fields of Immokalee, and their allies, will be touring the northeast, calling on the grocery and food service industry to join the growing chorus of the Campaign For Fair Food. Join students, faith leaders, community activists, and other sustainable food advocates as we celebrate with the Coalition and learn about their decades old struggle for human rights, dignity, and fair wages.

CIW on the CIW:
"The CIW is a community-based worker organization. Our members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida.

"We strive to build our strength as a community on a basis of reflection and analysis, constant attention to coalition building across ethnic divisions, and an ongoing investment in leadership development to help our members continually develop their skills in community education and organization.

"From this basis we fight for, among other things: a fair wage for the work we do, more respect on the part of our bosses and the industries where we work, better and cheaper housing, stronger laws and stronger enforcement against those who would violate workers' rights, the right to organize on our jobs without fear of retaliation, and an end to indentured servitude in the fields.

Hosted by DARE at the Campaign for Fair Food: 340 Lockwood St, Providence, RI.

Contact David at (401) 527-8777 or by e-mail for more information.

Documentary Screening "Fridays at the Farm"

Thursday, December 11 | 9:00PM - 10:30PM | Northampton, MA | directions | website

CISA is offering a public screening of "Fridays at the Farm." Using digital timelapse photography, Richard Hoffman documents his experience as a CSA member at Red Hill Farm in Pennsylvania over one growing season. Following the viewing, CISA staff members Devon Whitney-Deal, Local Hero Member Services Coordinator, and Tracie Butler-Kurth, Community Membership and Development Associate, will lead a discussion about what people can do to support local agriculture in the Pioneer Valley. $5 suggested donation at the door. Anyone who joins CISA's Community Membership initiative that evening will receive a $5 discount on membership. Registration requested for planning purposes. To register, please contact Tracie at CISA.

Hosted by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) at the Media Education Foundation: 60 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA.

Contact Tracie Butler-Kurth at (413) 665-7100 x12 or by e-mail for more information.

Eating Art

Saturday, December 13 10:00PM - Sunday, January 4 12:00AM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Bell Street Chapel, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Providence’s Broadway neighborhood, will host an art show focused on our complicated relationship with food.

“Eating Art,” which will feature various mediums and opens Dec. 13 in Bell Street Chapel’s Eddy Hall, is open to the public and is being held as part of the chapel’s participation in a four-year study/action project on ethical eating, adopted by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Over the next few years, the church will explore the impact of food choices, and the art show will serve to open the conversation and bring attention to ethical eating in the wider community,

A reception will be held for the opening of the exhibit on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. If there are performance art entries, they will be staged that night. The show will run through Jan. 3, Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested for admission.

For information about submitting art, please visit or call Carol Wiseman at (401) 461-6903. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the art will go to support the Chapel.

Hosted by Bell Street Chapel at the Bell Street Chapel: 5 Bell St,, Providence, RI.

Contact Meredyth Waterman at (401) 451-2322 or by e-mail for more information.

Know Your Vegetables

Monday, December 15 | 9:30PM - 9:30PM | Dartmouth, MA | directions | website

Know Your Vegetables
A Monthly Conversation Series Focusing on Small-Scale Vegetable Production.

We invite you (home gardeners, foodies, farmers, anybody who enjoys
vegetables young and old) to join us in a free discussion series on a range of topics related to vegetable production.

Monday December 15 ¬ Biodynamic Agriculture

For more information or to RSVP please contact Brix Bounty Farm

Hosted by Brix Bounty Farm at the Brix Bounty Farm: 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA.

Contact Derek Christianson at (508) 992-1868 for more information.