The Real Dirt on Farmer John

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The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Time: September 21, 2014 from 4pm to 7pm
Location: Mare Island Shoreline Preserve
City/Town: Vallejo
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Event Type: film, and, discussion
Organized By: Sarah Cain
Latest Activity: Aug 23, 2014

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Event Description

Screening & Discussion

with Nigel & Lorraine Walker, Eatwell Farm, Dixon, CA

Dr. Gail Myers, Moses Omowale & Janell, Farms to Grow, Oakland, CA

And the trailer to the film "The Last Crop"

Free & Open to the Public!

Join us for another film event exploring "Just what is Fair Food?" Taking a nudge from our own multi-media production, "Fair Food - From Field to Table," we are hosting these events to bring films & advocates together, keeping the discussion going.


Next up is "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." Documenting 70 years — the Petersons were prolific filmers of their own lives — The Real Dirt on Farmer John paints a picture of a man whose enigmatic passions went against the grain of life in tiny Caledonia, Ill., a town about 75 miles west of Chicago.

Our Special Guests Are

Nigel and Lorraine Walker, owners and operators at Eatwell Farm. Nigel has been farming for 30+ years. He and Eatwell Farm are widely known across the greater San Francisco Bay Area as a skilled farmer & producer of top-quality eggs and veggies, one of the foremost CSA’s in the area, as well as one of the founding farmers of the famous San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market. Nigel is also enlarging the farms poultry program, with a Barnraiser project. By breeding their own cruelty-free, dual-purpose, heritage flock, they will increase the resilience, productivity and happiness of their birds while eliminating the need to buy from hatcheries where hatchling destruction is practiced. They aim to set the example to the community for how to transition to this more humane and sustainable system. Lorraine, along with being a partner on the farm is also the developer of the delicious fermented beverage,Drinkwell Softers. They’ll be binging treats to share and CSA boxes plus a discount code for anyone who wants to sign up to be a member of the farm!

Dr. Gail Myers, Moses Omowale and Janell, of Farms to Grow, Inc., have worked with four farmers and provided 360 Harvest Boxes and over 7,000 pounds of food to low wealth families, daycare centers, elders, and other CSA supporters in the Bay Area. Their CSA management team provides the initial infrastructure support to the farmers and after one to two years, farmers are able to maintain their own CSA program. 

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