Local farming takes Center stage

JACKSON, WY— Writer Wendell Berry watched his home in Henry County, Kentucky eschew sustainable, small-town farming to make room for more industrial agriculture.

So tells the documentary “LOOK  & SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.”

The documentary will screen at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 14 as part of Slow Food in the Tetons’ efforts to support Teton Full Circle Farm. Teton Full Circle Farms is working to protect farmland and create a new 20-acre organic farm to serve the community. The evening is an opportunity to learn more about local farming in and around Jackson, and be inspired by  Berry’s life and work. Berry was an author and a conservationist committed to local, sustainable farming.

“Life just isn’t as delicious without local food and local farms,” says farm owner Erika Eschholz. “Help us preserve this farm forever.”

Teton Full Circle Farm, owned by Escholz and Ken Micheal, seeks to raise $150,000 by Oct 1, 2018 to protect 21 acres of prime farmland in Teton Valley, Idaho with a conservation easement through the Teton Regional Land Trust.

“Without being in a generational farming family, or having deep pockets, the cost of land is the biggest barrier to entry for new farmers,” says the Teton Regional Land Trust.  “Conservation easements provide a financial-based solution and probably the only tool to make land affordable. Since easements run with the land and are forever, this will keep the cost low for the next generations.” 

Proceeds from the evening will go toward Teton Full Circle Farm’s preservation efforts as well as to event partner Full Circle Education’s garden-based education programs. Full Circle Education teaches and promotes sustainable patterns of living through hands-on experiences in schools, through workshops, and at the local organic farms and gardens on both sides of the Tetons.

“Events like this contribute to our ultimate goal of growing the local food system so more of us have access to fresh, nutritious, seasonal and non-processed food. This objective starts with more local farms and farmers,” says Scott Steen, Executive Director of Slow Food in the Tetons

Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $15, and includes a local farm-fresh salad. Buy your tickets at JHCenterForTheArts.org.

 

LOOK & SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farmhouse and began a life of farming, writing, and teaching.  This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half-century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Slow Food in the Tetons, a chapter of Slow Food USA, is a non-profit based in Jackson that connects the Teton community with local healthy food. Slow Food hosts a year-round farmers market, year-round cooking classes for kids and adults, they also publish the Teton Food Guide to make locally grown food easier to find, and host events throughout the year to celebrate our food community.

Look & See trailer: https://lookandseefilm.com/trailer

Learn more about Slow Food in the Tetons at tetonslowfood.org

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