SPRINGFIELD, MO – Drury University will host two showings of the local food movie Fresh as part of Springfield Food Day Celebration’s educational movie series. Fresh shows Thursday, September 12, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in Lay Hall Auditorium at Drury University. An encore presentation will show the following Thursday, September 19th at the same time and location. Local farmers, Cody & Dawnnell Holmes, of Real Farm Foods will be present at both showings to answer questions, discuss the film and their farming practices.
Fresh is a 2009 documentary by Ana Sofia Joanes. The film celebrates the sustainable food movement of tasty, healthy food produced in harmony with nature and neighbors. The film presents the unsustainable predicament of industrial agriculture highlights leaders in the sustainable food movement working to provide healthy nutritious food to their communities.
“Drury University’s 2013-2014 Theme Year is The Morality of Wellness,” says Amy Blansit, Drury’s Director of Campus Wellness and Fitness. “The culture of wellness begins with the basic elements we put into our bodies. By increasing awareness about nutrition and providing information about our food sources, Drury hopes to positively impact the local food markets and patterns of consumption.”
Fresh features a diverse cast of farmers, entrepreneurs, authors, professors and activists and their goals of putting fresh food on the world’s table. It highlights Southwest Missouri’s own John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri. Missouri’s Russ Kremer, founder of the Ozark Mountain Pork Coop and the president of the Missouri Farmers Union also contributed to Fresh.
This movie screening is the second of the Springfield Food Day Celebration’s educational movie series. The first movie in the series, The Vanishing of the Bees, showed last month at Bass Pro Shops with nearly 70 people attending. The third movie in the series, A Place at the Table, will show at Drury University this October and is part of a community-wide healthy food pantry food drive. A Place at the Table illustrates hunger in America and has also been included as part of Drury University’s Convocation Series.
Dozens of Springfield businesses and organizations have joined in a citywide celebration of Food Day. Much like Earth Day, the three-year-old national Food Day celebration is growing as communities across the country highlight what it means to Eat Real! – as in, wholesome food from real farmers building new life in communities. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food windows, bigger crowds at farmers markets and healthy food for all.
Springfield’s Food Day celebration this year kicked off in July with a series of more than 40 educational events through October. Events include a movie series, canning and freezing classes, farm tours, and an art show. The Food Day event series leads up to a big Harvest Party on Saturday, October 26, at the new Farmers Park. The campaign is a project of the local nonprofit FoodCORE with partners and sponsors such as CoxHealth and the Healthy Living Alliance.
“Food Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the effects that food has on the health of our economy, environment, community, and our person,” said Angela Jenkins, Project Coordinator for the Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council. “Because there is no “Department of Food,” we as citizens must take action to educate ourselves.”
Springfield’s Food Day celebration also includes the Eat Real Passports. Every time someone attends a Food Day event listed in the passport and/or on the Event Series online calendar, they receive an ‘I EAT REAL!’ stamp. A person with four stamps on their passport will receive free food and drink at the Harvest Party. The persons with the most stamps will receive prizes including a rain barrel collection system from RainReserve, a $100 gift certificate to Gilardi’s Ristorante and others.
CoxHealth is Food Day’s presenting sponsor. Others are American National Family of Companies, Healthy Living Alliance, 417 Magazine, 106.7 The River, Farmers Gastropub, Dr. Geoff Stanczyk of Mercy, Mother’s Brewing Company, Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council, Bass Pro Shops, Houlihan’s and Traders Printing.
For more information, visit the Springfield Food Day website at www.fooddaycelebration.org or contact event coordinator, Sheila Nichols, at 417.773.2033 or marketing coordinator, Christy Claybaker, at 417.862.8962 ext. 2142.