April 21, 2010
Please join us this evening, April 21st, at 6:30 p.m. as we screen the final film in our semester-long series of food-themed documentaries. We’ll be watching the Academy Award-nominated Food, Inc., which “lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry” and “reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.” A discussion led by Professor John Pettegrew will be held directly following the screening. Check out the trailer in a previous post below.
This event will take place in Whitaker Laboratory, room 303, on the Lehigh University Campus, and is free and open to the public. Head here for directions to the site of tonight’s screening.
We hope to see you there!
Important Update about the Southside Community Gardens Project, and Information about the Final Screening in the Food Film Series
April 15, 2010
Please join us for a spring potluck dinner this Monday evening at the bottom of Roberto Clemente Park (directions are below, in the April 12th post). Starting time is 5:30, but feel free to stop by later if you like.
The Southside Community Gardens (SCG) project is coming together this spring. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park garden is full, with community gardeners working 12 plots. And the Maze Garden on 3rd Street has a good core of people, with plenty of room for more gardeners; there’s a work date there this Saturday morning starting at 10:00 a.m.; the contact person is Lehigh student Chris Addy, email <firstname.lastname@example.org>, cell phone 484-809-2454. The garden at Ullman Park is close to being set: SUN*LV is building eight raised beds, with a work date set there for next Saturday morning, April 24th; there may still be space available at Ullman – if you are interested, please contact me, John Pettegrew, immediately, at 610-390-8970. Donegan Elementary School is working with SCG on a raised-bed school garden; contact person for the Donegan garden is Lehigh graduate student Chiharu Tokura, <email@example.com>. And Broughal Middle School students are planting seeds in their greenhouse; container gardens are being discussed as a first step there.
Plans are also well underway for a Lehigh Community Garden on the university’s Goodman Campus, located south of South Mountain.
With the help of Bethlehem’s Citizens’ Academy and others, SCG is now focusing on organizing a community garden at the bottom of Roberto Clemente Park, next to the Lynfield housing development, on the east side of South Mountain. That’s the occasion for the potluck dinner this Monday night. We also want to have a time to get together, compare notes, and enjoy home cooked food and hopefully the good spring weather. Please join us and bring a dish or non-alcoholic drink to share. Here’s a flier with more details.
Also, please join us Wednesday evening, April 21st, for a free showing of the film Food, Inc., nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Film. It’s showing at 6:30 p.m., at Whitaker 303, on Lehigh’s lower campus. This is the final screening in the Food Film Series. Check out the trailer below!
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Southside Community Gardens Presentation and Meeting tomorrow, April 6th, and Food Film Series Screening April 7th
April 5, 2010
Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday April 6th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Banana Factory’s Crayola Gallery for discussion and updates about the Southside Community Gardens project. Also, Meagan Grega, M.D., of the Kellyn Foundation, will give a short presentation about the role of nutrition in fighting the obesity epidemic. Fresh fruit, cheese, and spring water will be served.
The Banana Factory is located at 25 W. Third St. in Bethlehem, Pa., and is easily accessible from I-78 and Routes 22, 378 and 412. For questions about tomorrow night and about the Southside Community Gardens project, call John Pettegrew at (610)390-8970.
Then, on Wednesday, the fourth film in the Food Film Series will be screened. This week we’re honored to be joined by filmmaker Natasha Dow Schüll as she presents her film Buffet: All You Can Eat Las Vegas, and leads an audience discussion afterwards. This film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Whitakeer Laboratory, room 303, on the Lehigh campus. For a full listing of the film series, check out our flier. Here are directions to Whitaker Laboratory.
We hope to see you soon!
Just a quick reminder that the next meeting for the Southside Community Gardens project will be held tomorrow, Monday, March 22nd, at 5:30 p.m. in room 101, Maginnes Hall, on Lehigh University’s lower campus. We need YOUR help as we enter this critical phase of getting the gardens up and growing! And don’t forget Wednesday’s screening of The Garden, the third documentary in the Food Film Series. For full details, check out the flier, or see previous posts below. We hope to see you soon!
Join us for a Southside Community Gardens Meeting March 22nd, and for a Food Film Series Screening of “The Garden” on March 24th
March 18, 2010
The next meeting for the Southside Community Gardens project will be this coming Monday, March 22nd, at 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Maginnes Hall (room number TBA), Lehigh University. Spring begins Saturday! A lot of good things are in motion, but we need to pull the project together and make it happen NOW. We can’t succeed without your help!
Then, on Wednesday, we hope you can join us for the next documentary screening in the Food Film Series. This week, we’re honored to be joined by filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy as he presents his film The Garden, and leads an audience discussion afterwards. The film, a complex and tragic story about nearly 350 Latino/Latina families who worked a 14 ½-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Whitaker Laboratory, room 303, on the Lehigh campus. For a full listing of the film series, check out our flier. Here are directions to Whitaker Laboratory.
Please check back here regularly for event announcements and updates, for discussion of our community gardening project, and for links to articles, books, and other discussions of urban agriculture, sustainability, and the local foods movement – or join us on Facebook (search for us under “Southside Gardens” or click on the link to your right)!
We hope to see you at Monday’s meeting, and at Wednesday’s screening!
Join us for a Southside Community Gardens Meeting tomorrow, March 1st, and for a Food Film Series Documentary Screening on March 3rd
February 28, 2010
A reminder about two upcoming events this week: first, there will be an organizational meeting for the Southside Community Gardens project tomorrow, Monday, March 1st, at 7 p.m. in room 101 of Maginnes Hall on the Lehigh University campus. We will be evaluating where we are in our outreach efforts, and what still must be done in order to ensure that this project comes to fruition in the spring.
Then, on Wednesday, the second film in our series of food-themed documentaries will be screened. This week, we’re honored to be joined by filmmaker Ana Sofia Joanes as she presents her film Fresh and leads an audience discussion afterwards. This film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Whitaker Laboratory, room 303, on the Lehigh campus. For a full listing of the film series, check out our flier. Here are directions to Whitaker Laboratory.
Please check back here regularly for event announcements, for discussion of our community gardening project, and for links to articles, books, and other discussions of urban agriculture, sustainability, and the local foods movement – or join us on Facebook (search for us under “Southside Gardens” or click on the link to your right)!
We look forward to seeing you this week.
Please join us at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, February 24th, in Whitaker Laboratory, room 303, for a free screening of the documentary The End of the Line. This powerful film is the first major documentary feature to illustrate the devastating effect of overfishing on our oceans. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Professor John Gatewood.
We hope to see you there, and at the rest of the films in our Film Food documentary series this semester – see the full listing here.
Directions to Whitaker Laboratory may be viewed here.
February 22, 2010
The Southside Community Gardens (SCG) project is entering the critical stage of reaching out to people, explaining the benefits of community gardening, and getting commitments to work part of one of our gardens this spring and summer. Founded by Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative, supported by the university and the City of Bethlehem, and with the help of SUN*LV along with a host of other groups and individuals, SCG is gaining momentum: we have a number of good sites picked out in different parts of the southside; there’s considerable knowledge and expertise, as well as other resources, at the ready for building the gardens and for beginning spring planting; and we’re part of what’s clearly a national and international movement of recalibrating agriculture and food systems towards local and sustainable and secure sources of fresh produce. What we now need most are COMMUNITY GARDENERS. And so I urge you to 1) consider taking on a plot, by yourself or with your family or a group; and 2) to help us speak with as many people as we can in the next month about the practical values (personal and global) of contributing to this local food movement.
A SCG organizational meeting will be held Monday, March 1st, at 7:00 p.m. on the first floor of Maginnes Hall, Lehigh University. The main agenda item will be to take stock of where we are in this outreach stage, and to identify what has to be done in the weeks ahead to assure the development of each site this spring.
This week will be the showing of the first film of a five-documentary film series on food politics. The public is invited on Wednesday, February 24th, at 6:30 p.m., in 303 Whitaker Hall, Lehigh University, to see End of the Line, a powerful film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and that examines the nearly apocalyptic results of commercial fishing.
Professor John Gatewood of Lehigh’s Sociology and Anthropology Department will lead discussion after the showing. For a full listing of the film series, go to www.lehigh.edu/~jcm5/series.htm.
Also, I urge you to visit this website regularly for events announcements, for discussion of our community gardening project, and for links to articles, books, and other discussions of urban agriculture, sustainability, and the local foods movement.
Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions. And I hope to see you next Monday night.