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!

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Here are a few links that members of the Southside Community Gardens project have recently shared with me, and which are likely to be of interest to friends, members, and supporters of the SCG project, along with people interested in urban agriculture, sustainability, food studies, community gardening, and much more.

Eden Hall Farm

First, here is an article about Alice Julier, the director of the new Master of Arts in Food Studies program at Pittsburgh’s Chatham University. The new program is unique in the field of food  studies because it has Eden Hall Farm, located on the college’s Richland campus, as a resource – a working environment where students will be able to gain hands-on experiences with sustainable agriculture in the field. Much like our efforts on Bethlehem’s Southside, Julier approaches the work of her program with her eyes set on revitalizing Pittsburgh, as the city tries to shake off the effects of its industrial past.

And Lou Cinquino of SUN*LV shared this link with us, from the American Community Garden Association listserv, which includes a collection of documents from the Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Community Garden Group that together demonstrate the various stages of a city-based community gardens program, like we hope the SCG can possibly become. While these documents are probably not all be relevant to our project at this time, they may prove beneficial to group members, or regular readers of this blog, who are involved in other projects. Some of these documents may also be more applicable to the SCG project in later stages of our development.

Please mark down next Monday’s potluck dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Roberto Clemente Park, located just off 412 between Southside Bethlehem and Hellertown, on your calendars (there is a link to a map below, in a previous posting). Plans are coming together, and this outdoor event should be a great opportunity for members of the Southside Community Gardens project to get together on an early spring evening to eat good food (and possibly listen to music) while making new friends and discussing the benefits of a community garden at Roberto Clemente Park with people from nearby neighborhoods. Everyone is welcome, and if you can bring a dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share, all the better.

As always, we hope to see or hear from you soon.  Please feel free to contact us at <southsidecommunitygardens@gmail.com> if you have any questions or need any additional information.