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  • Nov 3-5

Good Food

Some­thing remark­able is hap­pen­ing in the fields and orchards of the Pacif­ic North­west.  Small fam­i­ly farm­ers are mak­ing a come­back.  They’re grow­ing much health­i­er food, and lots more food per acre, while using less ener­gy and water than fac­to­ry farms. For decades North­west agri­cul­ture was focused on a few big crops for export. But to respond to cli­mate change and the end of cheap ener­gy, each region needs to pro­duce more of its own food and to grow food more sus­tain­ably.  Good Food vis­its pro­duc­ers, farm­ers’ mar­kets, dis­trib­u­tors, stores, restau­rants and pub­lic offi­cials who are devel­op­ing a more sus­tain­able food sys­tem for all.  With­in the con­text of the his­to­ry of Pacif­ic North­west agri­cul­ture, the film fea­tures some of the places where many of the region’s veg­eta­bles, fruits, grains and ani­mal prod­ucts are pro­duced.  Farm­ers and farm work­ers speak about their busi­ness­es, mar­ket­ing, and the rea­sons they are com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing food that is healthy and envi­ron­men­tal­ly-friend­ly.

Eat­ing local isn’t always easy and may mean pay­ing a lit­tle more for food.  Pur­chas­ing local food means going to a farm­ers mar­ket, a local food co-op, and/or join­ing a CSA (com­mu­ni­ty sup­port­ed agri­cul­ture – buy­ing a share of veg­eta­bles from a local farmer).    Local­ly-grown food tastes fresh­er and is health­i­er than mass-pro­duced prod­ucts shipped from oth­er states or coun­tries.   The mak­ers of Good Food vis­it­ed a num­ber of local farms in Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon, includ­ing Skag­it Riv­er Ranch, Blue­bird Grain Farms, Blue Heron Farm, Billy’s Organ­ic Pro­duce, Alvarez Farms, and Alm Hill Gar­dens.

Run­ning time: 1 hour 13 min­utes