11th Annual Eco-Film Festival

This year’s Eco-Film Festival kicked off on Friday, February 6, with “Open Sesame”—an Audience Choice Award at the Moab Film Festival.

Open Sesame” takes an innovative look at food security, but not through food itself. Seeds, as the source of everything we eat, are in jeopardy. This film follows the story of those who are on the front lines of seed advocacy. From farmers fighting corporations to scientists training others to save their own seeds, Open Sesame is a unique and timely view of the current state of food.

Other movies in this year’s Eco-Film Fest series include:

FEB 13            “Sand Wars” is a riveting documentary about one of the most widely used but least understood resources in the world. Going about your everyday life, you will encounter sand in one form or another. Where does this sand come from?  How is it used? Perhaps most importantly, are we running out? Learn the answers to these questions and more during Sand Wars.

FEB 20            “Bringing It Home” takes a non-partisan look at what hemp is, how it can be used, and why we should be growing it. In this time of environmental crisis and shortage of resources, Bringing It Home offers a solution to myriad problems.

FEB 27            What Rivers Are Worth – On the closing night of the Film Fest join us, along with celebrated local filmmaker Jeremy Monroe. Journey with us to the Willamette River and beyond as we explore what rivers are worth.

The Eco-Film Festival takes place every Friday in February at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. (above New Morning Bakery). Doors open at 6:30, and program begins at 7 PM. Snacks from New Morning Bakery and beer from Oregon Trail Brewery will be available for purchase. Local experts will be on hand after each film for a brief panel discussion and audience Q & A. A suggested donation of $5 – $10 per person is requested.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners: Abundant Solar, Gathering Together Farm, Linn-Benton Pacific Green Party, Watershed Fly Shop, Wild Garden Seed, Oregon Trail Brewery, Corvallis Environmental Center, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Corvallis Odd Fellows and New Morning Bakery.

Get That Garden Growing!

Pepper_plantA special workshop for anyone interested in growing their own food is being offered free of charge on Thursday, January 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. “Get that Garden Growing: An Edible Garden Workshop” will have something for everyone – from those who have never had a garden to experienced gardeners who want to learn more. The workshop is being organized and sponsored by the Food Action Team of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.

As most gardeners know, January is the ideal time to be daydreaming about your 2015 garden. A hot cup of tea and a seed catalog in the winter is where it all starts. It can be so overwhelming to approach such a big project later in the season without the rumination of a winter’s slumber. Should you already have a garden, great!  If not, come find out the steps to get started and the resources available to you locally.

At “Get that Garden Growing” there will be:

  • Special guests with tips and advice on how to get started
  • Information tables from local organizations that have garden education opportunities
  • Activities to encourage research, networking, and realistic garden goals based on each gardener’s personal situation
  • The 2015 Corvallis Garden Resource Guide will be available to all workshop participants. The guide is full of local information such as where to buy bulk compost, seeds, supplies, and where to learn more on subjects like gardening, backyard poultry, and even bees!

For novice gardeners, this workshop will be a safe place to test the waters and ask your questions to know what is right for you.

For further information, contact Sophie Grow at sophgro@gmail.com.