Citizens for Community Wellness in Exeter is hosting a free showing of the movie “Fresh” at the Exeter High School on Saturday, March 12th. The movie will screen at 12:30, during Winter Farmers’ Market hours — all parents, students, farmers, educators, chefs, business owners and community members are invited:
See the movie FRESH on Saturday, March 12 at 12:30 pm during the Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Market (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) and buy fresh food from local farmers at Exeter High School. The movie, sponsored by Citizens for Community Wellness, will be shown in the auditorium and is free of charge. It will be followed by a panel discussion with a food service director, a farmer, chef and a local fisherman to open up dialogue on how to get more local and fresh food into schools.
Citizens for Community Wellness (CCW) is a grassroots group which came together last November. It includes parents, teachers, chefs, farmers, students and nutritionists. In addition to supporting community and school gardens, the group is trying to connect local farms to food service directors. A volunteer “food broker” is already helping to negotiate prices, develop seasonal product lists and liaise between the two groups.
Josh Jennings from Meadow’s Mirth Farm in Stratham sold 50 pounds of carrots to Exeter High School this week and vegetables to four other schools including Hampton Falls, Winnacunnet, North Hampton, and Marston School. “It has been a really good response and a great start. We are adjusting to school schedules and hope we can get long term commitments as we plan for the fall harvest,” said Jennings.
To help the food service directors come up with recipes for things like turnips and kale, the CCW recently hosted a “food demo” with local farmers, a nutritionist and parents. Food service directors tried kale chips, sautéed kale, a confetti of roasted turnips, beets and carrots, butternut squash and a raw beet salad.
A vegetable garden at the Exeter High School is in the development stage with support from the student Environment Club, but the project needs community support to help get it off the ground and to maintain it over the summer. “We plan to use the food from the garden in school lunches,” said Jeannie Pierce, the Director of Food Services for Exeter Region Cooperative Schools. “But since students won’t be here over the summer, we need parents to help out and “adopt” the garden to help maintain it.”
The 70-minute film, FRESH, celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. “FRESH portrays a movement that is happening in America and worldwide. The alternative food market is the fastest growing market in the United States, even though it still makes up a minuscule percentage of the food economy,” said producer and director Ana Sofia Joanes.
FRESH is more than a film; it is a reflection of a rising movement of people and communities across America who are re-inventing our food system. FRESH celebrates the food architects who offer a practical vision of a new food paradigm and consumer access to it. Encouraging individuals to take matters into their own hands, FRESH is a guide that empowers people to take an array of actions as energetic as planting urban gardens and creating warm composts from food waste, and as simple as buying locally-grown products and preserving seasonal produce to eat later in the year.
If you can’t come to the movie, but would like to be included on the mailing list for future events and meetings or to volunteer, please send an email to Tracey Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-380-1080.