The DeKalb Public Library is partnering with the DeKalb County Community Gardens to provide a series of films and discussions on harvesting and planting seeds to create a sustainable food source. All movies will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The first program will be held on Thursday, March 22. Patrons are invited to watch Symphony of the Soil. Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.
After the film the audience is invited to discuss the topic with a representative from the DeKalb County Community Gardens. This program will be held in the Zimmerman Meeting Room.
The second program will be held on Thursday, April 5. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. They have been worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Join us for film screening of Seed: The Untold Story.
This movie follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
After the movie, the audience is invited to help sort seeds for Seed Swap provided by the DeKalb County Community Gardens and housed at the library. The Seed Swap, which will be located in the Adult Services department, allows patrons to borrow seeds, plant them, harvest the seeds from the vegetables they grow, and then return those seeds to the Seed Swap for other patrons to borrow.
This program will be held in the Yusunas Meeting Room.
The final program in the series will be held on Thursday, April 19. We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? As farms have become supersized, our environment suffers and so does the quality of our food.
Join us for a film screening of Food for Thought. Food for Life. This movie explains the downsides of current agribusiness practices, and also introduces us to farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates who are providing solutions. The film is both poetic and practical; its powerful examination of the connections between our planet and our well-being is accompanied by specific strategies that protect both. With an eye towards a sustainable and abundant future, it offers inspiration for communities that are ready to make a difference.
After the film the audience is invited to discuss how to create a sustainable local food system in DeKalb County with a representative from the DeKalb County Community Gardens. This program will be held in the Story & Activity Room.
All movies, discussions, and activities are entirely free and open to all. No registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Samantha at [email protected] or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.