Tonight as part of Climate Week, the Science Festival will be hosting an evening around the theme of local food production:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Climate Week > More farmers, more food >>> film and talk on relocalising food production
With more details here:
Climate Week: More Farmers, More Food - Film | Sidmouth Science Festival
The event will start with a showing of the film 'In Our Hands':
Food and farming is in crisis. In just over a decade we’ve lost more than 33,000 farms from our countryside, and alongside this, bad diet is now causing more health problems than smoking! The fundamental link between people, food and the very land we stand on is being broken. Yet it need not be this way.
There is a growing movement of farmers and food workers who are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets and a fairer food system for all. At the heart of all change lies a story, and In Our Hands is the story of a new kind of farm, a new kind of food and a new kind of society. This film has been created as an open source tool in order to debunk the myth of the industrial food system, and be a resource for farmers and activists in building a better world.
In Our Hands - Feature Documentary - Trailer from BlackBark Films on Vimeo.
In Our Hands Film - Seeding Change
And following that, there will be a chance to talk with a real local small-scale ecological farmer:
We grow our vegetables on 5 acres of beautiful south facing land in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We supply our customers through a weekly bag scheme having harvested and packed our vegetables early in the morning so they will reach you as fresh as is possible.
The vegetables we supply are seasonal and we aim to offer as much variety as possible. Your bag will always contain a Salad Bag unless you request otherwise.
We are members of the Wholesome Food Association and grow our vegetables to their standards which guarantee that we are pesticide free and only use natural fertilisers and compost.
Full details can be found on their website http://www.wholesome-food.org/
Ruth Hancock is lead grower, who has been growing chemical free vegetables, heavily layering on the compost and loving care, for over fifteen years now.
She is ably assisted by Mole and Imogen, plus a team of keen volunteers who work for tea, cake and vegetables.
We are always willing to welcome a more volunteers so if these conditions sound attractive please get in touch
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