Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What's on Your Plate?

We are please to co-present with My Foodshed.com What's on Your Plate, a documentary that follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah take a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas. With the camera as their companion, the girl guides talk to each other, food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what's on all of our plates.

The girls address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it's cultivated, how many miles it travels from the harvest to their plate, how it’s prepared, who prepares it, and what is done afterward with the packaging and leftovers. They visit the usual supermarkets, fast food chains, and school lunchrooms. But they also check into innovative sustainable food system practices by going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture programs.  They discover that these programs both help struggling farmers to survive on the one hand and provide affordable, locally-grown food to communities on the consumer end, especially to lower-income urban families.

In WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE?, the two friends formulate sophisticated and compassionate opinions on the state of their society, and by doing so inspire hope and active engagement in others.

All screenings listed below are free and open to the public and will be followed by conversation sessions led by healthful food advocates and farmers.  Please spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to reach out to our kids with this conversation starter!

Don't miss this film called by Michael Pollan "exactly the film we need now."

The Menomonee Club for Girls and Boys
Saturday, May 1 at 6pm
1535 N. Dayton, Chicago
(snack provided by Gourmet Gorilla

Uncommon Ground: Dinner & A Movie
Sunday, May 2 at 3pm,RSVP required
1401 W. Devon, Chicago773-465-9801
The screening is free. Dinner is $30.00 for adults, $15.00 for kids (exclusive of tax, tip and beverages)
RSVP to Uncommon Ground at 773-465-9801
rooftop farm tour after the film!

Academy for Global Citizenship
Monday, May 3 at 4:45pm
4647 West 47th Street, Chicago
773-582-1100(with special guest Harvest Moon Organic Farm)
Growing Home's Wood Street Farm in Englewood
Thursday, May 6 at 2:00pm
5814 S. Wood St., Chicago

Gary Comer Youth Center
Friday, May 7 at 4:00pm
7200 S. Ingleside, Chicago
773-358-4100(snack provided by Centered Chef Food Studios)
rooftop garden tour led by Green Teens after the film!

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Saturday, May 29 at 11:00am
2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

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