"Grow the Good Life" lecture
Renowned garden blogger and author Michele Owens will give the Class of 1945 Lecture in the Cornell Plantations 25th Annual Fall Lecture Series entitled "Grow The Good Life." Michele is a joyful, yet serious vegetable gardener of two decades and author of "Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise." More info here.
In her talk, much like her book, Owens will guide us on a cultural tour of the backyard vegetable garden. She'll consider why most Americans gave up growing food after World War II, and why, in this economic, political, environmental, and epidemiological moment, it makes infinite sense for us to grow food in the backyard again today.
Where: Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University
When: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30pm
"Farmageddon" at Cornell Cinema
From Cornell Cinema's website:
"Featuring a panel discussion with documentary subjects Steve & Barb Smith of Meadowsweet Farm and A. Fay Benson, the head of Small Dairy Support with C.U. Extension.
A wake up call for anyone who eats food: this nervy documentary promotes a healthy paranoia about the USDA and FDA's "war" on the small farmers of the local foods movement. Beginning with the controversy over the sale of raw milk, the film repeatedly demonstrates the numerous ways that local farmers are being harassed by government agencies working in the interests of industrial agribusiness. The farmers and consumers interviewed in the film make the persuasive argument that federal and state agencies focus their monitoring on small scale producers when food-related illnesses are historically traceable to genetically modified foods, factory farming, and large-scale livestock facilities. Surveillance footage of raids on Mennonite farms and food co-ops, interviews with FDA officials, and agricultural experts round out this articulate argument for promoting access to local, healthful foods. Cosponsored with Greenstar Cooperative Market. More at farmageddonmovie.com"
Where: Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University
When: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7pm
"The Green Fire" at the Museum of the Earth (I've already posted about this, so this is a reminder)
The Finger Lakes Land Trust and Museum of the Earth are partnering to show the film "The Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time," the first full-length, documentary ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. From the website: "Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world. Leopold’s ideas remain relevant today, continuing to inspire projects nationwide that connect people and land." More info on the movie here.
Where: Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca