Film Screening: The Greenhorns, Young Farmers in San Diego
Sheepless recently co-sponsored a screening of the ground-breaking, eye-opening documentary "The Greenhorns" with The Loft at UCSD and UCSD Earth Week. Directed by Severine von Tscharner Fleming, and grown out of a grassroots non-profit organization of the same name, the film's mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America.
Event Info: Join us Tuesday April 19th, 6:30pm, at The Loft at UCSD for this awesome event. Guests will also be presented with local artist Jason McKenzie's short film "These Hands", honoring the beauty and the labor of creating food at Suzie's Farm in San Diego, and the premier of a new mini-documentary about Sheepless and the inspiring small businesses it celebrates. Following the films will be a panel discussion with some of San Diego's most provocative advocates of small-scale sustainable agriculture, moderated by Sheepless' Editor-in-Chief, Scott Ballum.
Zanzibar at The Loft is working with the folks at Suzie's Farm to produce a local tasting experience to accompany the film. The dinner will feature multiple small plates created with fresh, local, and seasonal produce from Suzie's Farm. Packaged tickets for the film and dinner includes a reserved seat, dinner, choice of beverage, and admission to the screening of The Greenhorns. $30 dinner package or $8 film-only tickets available by contacting the Box Office directly at 858-534-8497.
|Suzie's Farm is many things to its owners and operators, Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro: "Primarily, it is an example of a way to live. Suzie was a dog that was dumped here in the Tijuana River Valley. She found her way to our farm and eventually to our home. Suzie taught us to live at peace with the world, to get back up when you get knocked down, and to know how to be present and available when opportunities present themselves to you. Plus the pooch knew how to eat! When the property that is now Suzie's Farm became available to us, we grabbed it. We knew we wanted to grow real food for real people in a traditional way, but this is a huge experiment for us. We've always gardened, and have operated Sun Grown Organic Distributors for 25 years, a sprout and wheatgrass farm, but have never taken on anything of this magnitude. It is thrilling and daunting."|
|Jay Porter founded The Linkery restaurant in early 2005. The Linkery has since become one of the first true farm-to-table restaurants in San Diego, and the first to bring a broad menu of pastured, independently-farmed meats to Southern California. Prior to opening the Linkery, Jay toiled variously as a writer, advertising executive, engineer, project manager, project management consultant, and wedding singer.|
|Born and raised in Vermont, Misha Johnson awakened to his passion for sustainability, the land, and real food at Connecticut College, where he ran Sprout!, the sustainable food initiative and organic garden organization, and helped start a campus-wide composting initiative. Misha has farmed in several countries, and is now the farm manager at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, a project of the non-profit San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project.|
|The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Our mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America.|
|Sheepless is a national web magazine designed to galvanize the radical small business movement, engaging with growing interests in cultivating local economies, understanding where goods come from, and nourishing our natural environment. We believe that thoughtful story-telling and connections can help business owners learn from each other, engage in meaningful collaborations, and fulfill their individual – and collective – missions.|
|The Loft at UC San Diego is a new performance lounge and social crossroads where emerging art and pop culture collide. A place where modern design, appetizing bites, and intriguing performance commingle–The Loft will revolutionize how you experience the arts. From chamber music that rocks, to film and food feasts, to iTunes jukebox music-sharing, every experience here is a creative one.|
|UCSD Sustainability Resource Center provides a collaborative space in which to realize the common goals of maximizing campus environmental, social, and economic stewardship and sustainability programs, maximizing campus and local outreach and participation, reducing the campus impact on the environment, and establishing a model for contributing to local, national, and global sustainability. Environmental sustainability is in UC San Diego’s institutional DNA, inherited from our forebears at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.|
Check back here for more info. $30 dinner package or $8 film-only tickets available by contacting the Box Office directly at 858-534-8497.
Photo by Misha Johnson