True wealth and beauty are embodied by healthy soil. Want to know why? On Thursday, November 12th, 2015, the Farm Fresh Film series wraps up with a screening of “DIRT! The Movie,” directed by Gene Rosow and Bill Benenson and narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis. Buy tickets online today.
“Dirt! The Movie” brings to life the “environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.”
The film received universally positive reviews. The Hollywood Reporter said “Dirt!” was “…an uplifting story about people from all walks of life who are striving to renew our relationship with the ground beneath our feet" while Variety said the film was, “thought-provoking with welcome humor and visual pizzazz.”
Doors at the County Theater open at 7 pm. Pre-ordering tickets online is suggested; if the event is not sold out, tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
We are grateful to our panelists, who bring so much more to our understanding of the movie through discussion afterwards. They are:
- Nathan Kleinman - activist, organizer, organic farmer, and recovering politician.
- Alexandra Schmidt - a DelVal University senior working towards becoming a soil scientist
- Mary Ellen Noonan - the Environmental Educator for Bucks County Conservation District, and
- Jim Lyons - Farmer and owner of Blue Moon Acres Organic Farms
More information about our panelists is below, and we hope you'll come and meet them to ask your on questions.
A big "THANK YOU!" to the many local businesses that help sponsor the film series. Including:
- Jules Thin Crust
- Dr. Debbie Bernstein and the Holistic Healing Center
- Beth Snyder, D.M.D
- Class Harlan Dream Team
- The Tubby Olive
- Circle Speech Services
- Bucks County Pediatrics
- Bucks County Taste
- Natural Awakenings
- P&A Feed and Pet
- Bucks County Foodshed Alliance
In honor of our VETERANS, and to express our appreciation this month as we celebrate Veterans Day, the Doylestown Food Market will have a Green Drop/Purple Heart donation box at the theater for any clothing and small household items you would like to donate.
Nate Kleinman is an activist, organizer, organic farmer, and recovering politician. A native of Philadelphia, Nate has worked on various campaigns and for various organizations since graduating from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2004. In 2011, he became active in the Occupy movement soon after its Philly incarnation began. He quit his job as a Legislative Assistant to a State Representative, and began grassroots organizing. As an Occupier, Nate helped start the InterOccupy collective, helped initiate and organize the first Occupy National Gathering, ran for Congress, and, since Hurricane Sandy hit, has been an organizer with Occupy Sandy, mainly in New Jersey. As part of his Sandy work, Nate serves on the Steering Committee of the Cumberland County Long Term Recovery Group.
Through it all, Nate has been an avid gardener and seed saver. In 2013, he co-founded The Experimental Farm Network, a non-profit aimed at developing climate-change-mitigating crops and agricultural systems using a network-based model. Since 2014, he lives, farms, and breeds plants in rural Salem County, New Jersey.
Alexandra Schmidt is currently a senior at Delaware Valley University with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Sustainable Agriculture. She interns for the USDA-NRCS as a soil scientist and is working towards becoming a soil scientist after graduation. This year Alexandra competed in the northeast regional soil judging competition and placed 5th out of the 60 students competing, She cannot wait for April when team DelVal takes on the national competition in Kansas. She loves the outdoors and wants to do her part in keeping our planet healthy and explorable for all to enjoy and find their own inspiration in.
Mary Ellen Noonan
Mary Ellen Noonan is the Environmental Educator for Bucks County Conservation District whose mission is to provide for the wise use, management and development of the county’s soil, water and related natural resources.
Mary Ellen graduated from Delaware Valley College with a degree in Agronomy. She has many years of horticultural experience working on golf courses, garden centers, landscaping and for W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company. In 1996, she graduated from Arcadia University with a Master’s degree in Secondary Science education and taught science for 10 years before coming to the Conservation District in 2006. Mary Ellen coordinates the District’s educational programming for schools, teachers, municipal officials and the general public.
It was a terrible disappointment (“go get a real job”) for his father when Jim Lyons, at the age of 34, Jim announced his interest in becoming a farmer. Bred for “success”, Jim had attended a well regarded New England prep school followed by his receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lafayette College.
From its inception 25 years ago when the farm’s only fixed assets were a 10 x 48’ greenhouse and a most unreliable Volvo station wagon, the business has grown to employ 40+ employees in season and service numerous restaurants, retail stores, corporate offices, and caterers. During this time the farms offering has expanded to include micro greens, baby leaf salads and greens, standard vegetables and now rice.
With no background in horticulture or agriculture, clearly Jim’s farming success is due in large part to his curiosity and the power of prayer on the part of Jim’s interminably concerned mother.
Looking forward, Jim will continue to focus on building soil health, growing sales, reducing debt, improving efficiency and yields on specific crops, and experimenting with new equipment and styles of growing – all while keeping in mind mankind’s current predicament: the implausibility of an economy based on an infinite growth paradigm operating on a finite planet.
(for more information visit dirtthemovie.org.)
The goal of the Farm Fresh Film Series is to present important and relevant food and farming topics to the public in a palatable and engaging way. Each screening is followed by a panel discussion, which will offer a range of expert opinions about the film topics and encourage discussion among attendees.
Presented by the Doylestown Food Co-op and the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance at County Theater, the 2015 Farm Fresh Film Series has been comprised of three film screenings. The first two films, “Fed Up” and “Queen of the Sun” were presented in March and June, respectively.
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