Things have certainly changed a lot at the office in the past few months, and while I haven't had too much time to actually distill coherent thoughts about what's been going, I have been keeping myself busy with some pet projects that have slowly morphed into full-fledged office initiatives. One of these projects involves hosting a film screening or workshop that relates to my larger project of having an on-campus Farmers' Market, the idea being that the market facilitates a dialogue between and amongst food producers, consumers, and their peers. The specifics about what they choose to talk about don't necessarily concern me - whether it be food security, ethical production, validity of organic, or the rise of "locavorism", what's important to me is just that people are talking. I'm hoping that having a film-screening or demonstration from a YYC Grower will help educate some of the staff and students on these issues prior to the market itself and empower them to bring up these issues with their friends, family, and colleagues in a critical way. While we're unsure as to whether or not there is sufficient interest to host this event in advance of the market, it has given me a fantastic opportunity to watch an abundance of movies (which I don't generally do) and educate myself on some of the issues I hope will be raised. Trailers for two of the movies I've considered screening are shown below. Are they relevant to Canadian consumers? Would you go to a free screening for either of them?
Growing Cities (2013)
Edible Cities (2012)