Food Box

Farm interns getting personal with crops
Image: Courtesy Mohala Farms

Food and film series covers broad range of agri-issues

Growing closer to the land requires more than just sentiment and far-away support–it demands the spread of knowledge. And that’s exactly what the North Shore Organic Farm Film Series, sponsored by Hawaii SEED and Label It Hawaii, is aimed toward. This free three-week event, hosted every Friday from Nov. 2-16 at Waihuena Farm, Kolea Farm and Mohala Farms respectively, pairs locally sourced meals with thought-provoking films. Also, there will be short talks from special guests who will share their passion for community action, agriculture and sustainable living. Three films will be shown, one for each night: Dirt! The Movie, Vanishing of the Bees, and Living Downstream. All three documentaries focus on the vital relationship between humankind and the earth–whether it is about soil, honeybees or chemicals–and explore the implications of how such interactions create, change and continue lasting consequences. A small meal and beverages will be prepared for attendees, with ingredients sourced directly from whichever farm is hosting the night. Since each farm’s agricultural focus is different, guests can expect to taste meals unique to that location. There will also be a raffle held for those who bring their own eating utensils, as appropriate for an ecologically aware evening.

Each brief community discussion and Q & A will be led by distinguished guests such as Walter Ritte, Claire Hope Cummings, Dr. Hector Valenzuela and others, who will talk about their experiences in the world of sustainability. Topics will range from keeping chemical drift out of local schools, to stories from beekeepers and local farmers, to soil fertility. This event seeks to bring people from local communities directly into an environment that is all about the earth and its offerings. What better way to learn more about our precious land, than to trek out to this show and taste in the bountiful North Shore?

North Shore Organic Farm Film Series. Fri., 11/2, Waihuena Farm, 59-414 Kamehameha Hwy.; Fri., 11/9, Kolea Farm, 59-241 Pupukea Rd.; Fri., 11/16, Mohala Farms, Thompson’s Corner. 5pm. Free. Children’s activities provided. Call 652-5286 to RSVP.