Join Us Feb 28 — Mar 2 for Dig In! 2013

Classes, keynote speaker, seed swaps, films & more

Feature Films at Dig In! 2013

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 | Comments Off

Dig In! strives to have food and farming movies that teach and inspire in addition to a class lineup to help you put that inspiration into practice . This year is no exception! We hope you will find ideas to inspire you toward supporting local food and farms for many reasons.  Here’s the lineup of feature films to be shown at Dig In! 2013. Feature films are by donation (suggested $5/film). Better yet, they are included included in most supporter passes, which help make the festival happen. Check out this year’s features! Click the titles to view trailers.

Thursday, February 28: Festival Starters

 4:00-5:15 p.m. What’s on Your Plate - a fun-filled movie about where food comes from. The film follows two eleven-year-old city kids as they talk to food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates. This movie is free, donations accepted and open to the public – families welcome!

 7:00 p.m.  Truck Farm  (48 minutes) - A simple concept with a big impact, Truck Farm is a mini-farm planted in the back of a 1986 Dodge pickup truck. Traveling and edible, the truck is a rural experience brought to urban New York City. With fresh produce delivered periodically around the neighborhood, Truck Farm teaches an imperative lesson about the importance and accessibility of urban agriculture.

7:55 Fresh (72 minutes) – This classic is a must-see to understand WHY local and organic food matter so much. Fresh presents the problems we face, but also celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Friday,  March 1: Farmer Friday:  FESTIVAL PREMIERE NIGHT

 

7:00 pm Eating Alabama (63 minutes)  - In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, “Eating Alabama” is a story about why food matters. This award-winner is a true highlight of Dig In! 2013.

8:15  To Make a Farm (74 min)* – This one won the hearts of of all who previewed it. Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, To Make A Farm asks: what might the future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores of the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers. VIFF calls To Make A Farm “exceptionally hopeful, giving us a close-range view of humanity along with a detailed portrayal of the nuts and bolts of agriculture.” Don’t miss this one!!

Saturday, March 2: Make a Difference Night

6:30 pm King Corn (90 min) – Another classic.  King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.

8:10 Big River (27 min) – Following up on their Peabody Award-winning documentary KING CORN, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis have returned to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has had on the people and places downstream. In a journey that spans from the heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, Ian and Curt trade their combine for a canoe, and set out to see the big world their little acre of corn has touched. On their trip, flashbacks to the pesticides they sprayed, the fertilizers they injected, and the soil they plowed now lead to new questions, explored by new experts in new places. Half of Iowa’s topsoil, they learn, has been washed out to sea. Fertilizer runoff has spawned a hypoxic ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf. And back at their acre, the herbicides they used are blamed for a cancer cluster that reaches all too close to home. A lively investigation and a worthy follow-up, BIG RIVER grows to ask is industrial agriculture worth its hidden costs?

8:40 Homegrown Revolution(14 min) – We’ll close with a challenge: What is YOUR homegrown revolution? For this family, in the midst of densely urban downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, they been transforming their home into an urban homestead.They harvest three tons of organic food annually from their 1/10 acre garden, while incorporating back-to-basics practices, solar energy and biodiesel. You don’t have to go this crazy…but you could if you wanted to!

 

So plan to join us for films, classes and more at Dig In! Feb 28-Mar 2, 2013 in Fayetteville. Most of all: please spread the word and tell your friends! Check out the festival schedule overview too. Join us on facebook at:  www.facebook.com/Dig.In.NWA

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Brad Lancaster will be our keynote speaker!

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 | Comments Off

Brad Lancaster will be our keynote speaker!

Brad Lancaster is the author of the best-selling, award-winning books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 and 2, and creator of the information-packed website www.harvestingrainwater.com. Living on an eighth of an acre in downtown Tucson, Arizona, where rainfall is less than 12 inches annually, Brad practices what he preaches by harvesting over 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year.

 

Brad and his brother Rodd have created an oasis in the desert by directing this harvested rainwater not off their property and into storm drains, but instead incorporating it into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens, and a thriving landscape that includes habitat for wildlife. This living example, dynamic public talks, and countless hands-on workshops have inspired thousands of citizens and numerous businesses in Tucson and around the country to harvest water and sustainably grow their local resources.

 

Brad’s engaging style and entertaining and informative speaking and teaching are in demand, resulting in interviews with National Public Radio, New Dimensions, and Natural Home and Garden, along with presentations and workshops for the Bioneers Convergence, the Green Festival, the Texas Natural Building Colloquium, the New Mexico Xeriscape Conference, organic farming conferences, the U.S. State Department in the Middle East, and more.

 

Brad Lancaster is a permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and co-founder of Desert Harvesters (www.DesertHarvesters.org). Brad has taught programs for the ECOSA Institute, Columbia University, University of Arizona, Prescott College, Audubon Expeditions, and many others. He has helped design integrated water harvesting and permaculture systems for homeowners and gardeners, including the Tucson Audubon Simpson Farm restoration site, and the award-winning Milagro and Stone Curves co-housing projects. His website is: www.harvestingrainwater.com (bio from www.regenerativedesign.org / photo via www.designbuildlive.org)

With the ongoing shortage of rainfall in the Ozarks, Brad’s drylands experience will be put to good use to help us turn our landscapes into lush and productive gardens, greenways and more.

 

The 2013 conference will add other new features:

  • Additional programming for local school kids on local food and farming
  • an advanced class with Brad for farmers, producers, and advanced gardeners as well as a presentation for the conference at large
  • topic-roundtables for interest groups…time to network and exchange info with others who share your interests
  • both a seed-sampling for gardeners as well as a seed-savers swap
  • plus the things you loved about the last festival: films, classes, food-tastings, vendors and more
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News! Green Fork Farmer’s Market to Open!

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 | 2 comments

 

We are so pleased to share this announcement as all three of your Dig In! Coordinators will be a part of this new market! Cheri LaRue is creator and market-manager. Check it out:

There is a new and unique farmer’s market getting set to start in Fayetteville. Green Fork Farmers Market will open every Wednesday from 4-7pm in the breezeway of Nightbird Books on Dickson Street starting May 9th. You can drop by and select from naturally-grown, handmade and local items. Some of the products that will be available this year include beef, chicken, pork, eggs, honey, microgreens, vegetables, herbs, herbal products, plants, and baked goods.

What makes Green Fork Farmers Market a first in the Fayetteville area is you can also select and reserve your order online for pickup at the market. The other first is the focus on all naturally-grown products.

The online system adds convenience for you if you need to know ahead what’s available and  just drop by to pick up your order on the way home from a long day. On the other hand, you can also drop by to chat with your foodie friends and favorite farmers a bit, see what the growers have available on their tables, stop by Nightbird Books for a good read, and get a cup of coffee, glass of wine, beer, and delectable food from BHKKafe.

The website (link below) tells more about this special market and how it works. Please visit and click the “Sign In” tab at the upper right to register as a customer. That way you’ll get the Saturday evening email that lets you know what is available that week and that online ordering is open. You have till Monday midnight to get your pre-order reserved.

Green Fork Farmers Market will have a special sneak-peek market on Thursday, May 3rd at the Walton Art’s Center kickoff of Artosphere before Michael Pollan’s talk that night. (Parking at the WAC parking lot will be free that evening with a donation of nuts or peanut butter.) Visit anytime from 4-7 in front of the Walton Art’s Center. Music from 3 Penny Acre too!

 Sign up — before Saturday at 3 p.m. to get the sneak-peak market email — but sign up soon to be a part of Green Fork Farmers Market:

http://greenforkfarmersmarket.locallygrown.net/welcome

It’s free to sign up and no obligation to purchase. Can’t wait to see you there!

 

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