2018 Earth Day Film & Panel Discussion
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
Sunday, April 22, 2018
The Boardroom (2nd floor)
36 Montford Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Doors open at 5:30, film starts promptly at 6:15. Panel discussion to follow the movie. Cost is by donation at the door. No advance sales. Seating is first come, first served.
About the Film
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry follows the United States’ transformation from an agrarian nation of small farmers into a food system in which only 4% of the population produces food for all. The generational tradition of working the land has been severed, as small farmers can hardly afford to farm anymore and financial anxiety taints their love of the land. Farming was once a value-driven way of life and a career, the intersection of culture with environmental stewardship and economic profitability; however, new opinions in the late 1970s reduced agriculture to profit margins and mass production, and soon farmers were replaced by technology and chemicals. Severing small farmers from their land had a cumulative effect on the identities of rural towns, as these vibrant communities became characterized as “nowhere” towns.
Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, Kentucky with his family in 1965, where he met the muffled voice of a rural “nowhere” town. Berry’s deep connection to the land and people lead to page after page of poetry and prose, and it catalyzed his activism for agrarian life. Look & See weaves interviews with farmers and community members in Henry County with stunning footage of fertile pastures and flourishing landscapes.
The film will leave you with an appreciation for the noble work of small farmers and the urge to support sustainable farmers and the communities they represent.
About the Panel
Joining us for an engaging discussion after the film are some of our region’s leading organic farming and environmental activists, farmers, and writers. Follow the links to learn more about our panelists and the important work they are doing!
Susan Sides — The Lord’s Acre Farm
Laura Lengnick — Cultivating Resilience
Sunil Patel — Patchwork Urban Farms
Isa Whitaker — Bountiful Cities
Laura Hope-Gill — Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University
Nicole DelCogliano — Organic Growers School Farm Beginnings Educator