Last Year’s Festival (2011)

Here’s what we did last year (2011) the first time we did the Dig In! Festival. It was a fun event and around 150 people joined us throughout the day – elbow to elbow in our tiny but wonderful space at the Omni Center. You may enjoy checking out these films if you missed it.

Film Schedule & Trailers from last year’s festival 2011:

10 a.m. Homegrown Revolution (16 min)

10:30 a.m. Fresh (72 min)

12 Noon The Economics of Happiness (60 min)

1:00 pm Brown-bag lunch discussion.
Bring your lunch (local and/or organic encouraged!) and join in a discussion of the films and how we can help to develop local food systems.

2:00 p.m. Dirt ( 86 minutes)

4:00 p.m. What’s Organic About Organic? (59 minutes)

5:30 p.m. Ingredients

7:00 p.m. Homegrown Revolution (repeats, see above, 16 min)

7:30 p.m. The Economics of Happiness (repeats, see above, 60 min)

9:00 p.m. What’s Organic About Organic? (repeats, see above, 59 minutes)

Screenings show at The Omni Center, 3274 North Lee Avenue, Fayetteville. (On the east side of 71B, just north of Hobby Lobby, access via Harold St.)

Two local farmers and a local writer are organizing the project: Charity Lewis of Chicken Moon Farm, Cheri LaRue of Green Fork Farm, and Leigh Wilkerson of A Larrapin Garden Blog. The Omni Peace & Justice Center in Fayetteville has provided space for the screenings. Suggested donations are $5 per film or $20 for the day. Light snacks and refreshments (local and/or organic) will be available for donation. Donations will be used to support the project. There will be time for conversations after each film, and information on local food and farms will be available.

“Food is a place we impact everything we care about—our families, land, livelihoods, health and our ethics.” says co-organizer Leigh Wilkerson, “In the midst of everything that is going wrong with our economy and climate, creating and supporting local and organic food systems is win-win in every direction. These films helped me understand that. I want people to know there is something positive and important to do and it just so happens to be enjoyable and delicious too.”

Co-organizer Cheri LaRue of Green Fork Farm adds, “Farmers are out there every day growing real food that sustains us and our environment. This film festival is all about fostering connections that will support these growers, businesses and organizations dedicated to local, sustainable food systems.”

“Local food does more than nourish our body. It nourishes our souls through the creation of community. Come be a part of this positive, empowering, local event and make your connection real. Real Food. Real Farms. Real Local,” says co-organizer Charity Lewis of Chicken Moon Farm

To learn how you can become a sponsor for this event, please contact Cheri LaRue at cheri [at] greenforkfarm [dot] com. Donations of local and/or organic food or financial contributions will be used to support the project and will be highlighted at the event.

Please spread the word to gardeners, farmers, foodies, greenies, chefs, friends, church groups, farmer’s market-goers, and anyone who eats and wants to learn more about eating real food!