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Part of Greenbelt's mission is conserving farmland and keeping land affordable to farmers in Essex County. To help highlight the importance of agriculture in Essex
County, Greenbelt's 2020 Film & Lecture Series focuses on farming and food.
With the help of local experts, we'll dig into topics such as food waste, urban agriculture, sustainable and regenerative farming, food access, and we'll showcase two groups of local farmers: a panel of women in agriculture and a group of dairy farmers from North Andover. We hope you'll join us for this informative and inspiring lineup of events!
Feature film about food waste in the U.S. followed by a talk-back by Our Neighbor's Table Executive Director, Lyndsey Haight.
Movie Trailer (click here)
(Content warning: Some strong language)
FREE, but please consider bringing a donation of a high-priority item from this list for Our Neighbors' Table.
WHEN: Wed., January 29, 6:00-8:30 pm
WHERE: HC Media Studio 101, Haverhill
located at 2 Merrimack Street
Parking: Goecke Parking garage
at 86 Merrimack Street, Haverhill
(Parking is $0.50 per hour until 8:00 pm)
For other parking options, please see the City of Haverhill's website here.
WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows ushow each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.
Journey to Polyfaces Farm to learn how regenerative agriculture uses natural systems to enhance ecosystem health and provide nutritious, farm-fresh products.
Polyfaces film visits farmer Joel Salatin, the self-described "lunatic farmer" first featured in Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, and his family on their farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with local regenerative farmers from Cedar Rock Gardens in Gloucester.
WHEN: Thurs., February 20, 5:00-8:00 pm
WHERE: Salisbury Public Library Meeting Room, Salisbury
Content Warning: This film shows footage of farm animal processing (chickens, turkeys, rabbits) for meat production in a straightforward manner that might be upsetting for some viewers. The segments that show this are short.
Meet a few of the phenomenal women who farm in our region, learn about what it means to be a woman in agriculture, hear the stories of their experience and ask questions.
WHERE: Gould Barn, Topsfield
WHEN: Thursday, February 27, 6:30-8:00 pm
FREE. Please RSVP.
Get a taste of how cities in Essex County and throughout the state are becoming more "edible" through community gardens, CSAs, an "Edible Avenue" and more.
Dairy farming has been a staple of the region's agriculture for centuries. Join Greenbelt and North Andover Improvement Society for an evening of storytelling with some of the town's oldest farming families.
WHERE: North Parish Church, North Andover
WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 pm
FREE. Please RSVP.
Photo: "Troubles" the cow, by Ben Osgood.
(You'll have to come to the event to find out why she is named Troubles!)
A series of short, independent films followed by a Q&A with North Shore hunger relief organizations The Open Door and The Food Project.
WHERE: Cape Ann Museum auditorium, Gloucester
WHEN: Sunday, March 29, 1:30-3:30 pm
(Please note: time changed from printed materials)
FREE. Please consider bringing a non-perishable donation for The Open Door or The Food Project, our two hunger relief organizations who will be co-hosting this event.
Thank you to Cape Ann Museum for hosting us!
82 Eastern Avenue, Essex,
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.