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Island on the Edge – March 11, 2009

This month’s Awareness Film Night will be a gala farm, garden and food evening featuring films, display tables and food co-sponsored by the Sooke Region Food CHI and EMCS. The March 11 featured film is “Island On The Edge”, produced and directed by Slow Food Vancouver Island’s Nick Versteeg, who will be attending the screening. This 2008 documentary looks at the history of food production on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and what would happen if our food supply were suddenly cut off. It also chronicles the efforts of several crusaders in the field of food production in our area and how people can get involved with supporting the local food movement.

The evening will start with two short documentaries about community gardens: “The Sharing Farm” by Mary Gazetas about a Richmond B.C. farm that grows vegetables for the local food bank, and “Garden Tendrils” by Dan Chauvin, a beautiful slide show of Sooke’s own CASA community garden. There will be display tables set up in the foyer featuring local seeds for purchase, information on Sooke area community gardens, farms and farm market, Food CHI and S.O.I.L. (Stewards Of Irreplacable Lands) which links Canadian farmers willing to take on and train apprentices with folks wanting to work and learn on an organic farm. Refreshments will be provided and served by the EMCS Culinary Arts students. Come and be inspired. Doors open at 6:30 and the films start at 7:00 in the Edward Milne Community School Theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd. Admission is by suggested donation of $5-$10.


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