Spring has officially arrived, and what better way to celebrate than to be a part of the conversation and action surrounding sustainable agriculture? There are two events coming up in the next week and a half that give you the chance to do just that:
1. Free screening of Lunch Line. Friday, March 25, 7-9pm at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.
This event is free and open to the public. Please join us for the Charlottesville premiere of Lunch Line, a documentary film that chronicles the history of school lunch in America. Find out how school lunch became what it is today — and stay for a panel discussion about what we can do to fix it.
Ed Bruske, DC-based chef, journalist, blogger
Alicia Cost, Charlottesville City Schools Nutrition Services Dept. Registered Dietician
Andrea Early, Director of School Nutrition Harrisonburg City Schools
Charles Green, Dir. Marketing & Development, VA Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services (oversees VA's Farm to School program)
Matt Trowbridge, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine UVA School of Medicine
Tanya Denckla-Cobb (moderator), UVA Prof. Urban & Environmental Planning, author of "The Gardener's A-to-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food"
Special thanks to the event partners and sponsors:
A Pimento Catering
Blue Ridge Backyard Harvest
City Schoolyard Garden Project
Cville School Food Initiative
Local Food Hub
Slow Food Albemarle-Piedmont
Univ. of Virginia Food Collaborative
Whole Foods Market Charlottesville
2. Charlottesville Crop Mob. Saturday, April 2 (rescheduled from March 26), 10am - 1pm at the Local Food Hub's Educational Farm at Maple Hill (Scottsville, VA).
You might have heard about these modern barn-raising groups popping up around the country; Charlottesville is finally getting in on the fun with its first crop mob event on April 2nd. Get your hands dirty planting 600 lbs of organic potatoes and constructing high tunnels for early pepper plants. Finish the day with a tour and picnic on the farm.
RSVP on the Crop Mob's Facebook event page.