So earlier this week I attended a pretty special film premier. ‘Polyfaces’ (website, Facebook page) is a documentary about a farm in the US run by Joel Salatin and his family. Polyface farm was made famous by Michael Pollan in his famous book: ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma.’
“The farm is driven using unconventional methods with the goal of "emotionally, economically and environmentally enhancing agriculture". This farm is where Salatin developed and put into practice many of his most innovative and significant agricultural methods. These include direct-marketing of meats and produce to consumers, pastured-poultry, grass-fed beef and the rotation method which makes his farm more like an ecological system than conventional farming.” (Wikipedia)
Two of the directors attended the screening and held a Q&A session. We discussed how much the Salatin farm looked like many of the farms in New Zealand, but how the reality is that many of our farming practises could be greatly improved in terms of their effects on health and the environment (see Dr Mike Joy’s famous youtube talk for more detail).
Fortunately, there are a growing number of local farms and businesses focused on sustainable and ethical agriculture, as well as on good health in general. It was exciting to see some of those represented at the screening.
The movie screening was organized by Dom’s Kitchen (website, Facebook page). This is an amazing group led by the super-passionate Claire Deeks. It is the go-to place for inspiration and information about how to create truly nourishing lunchboxes for children. I use Dom’s Kitchen all the time to get ideas for Lola’s lunches. Claire also runs classes and workshops to help mums with planning and confidence. She is a seriously useful resource!
Nicola, from Moreish (website, Facebook page), also spoke at the screening. Moreish is a Palmerston North-based butcher, and they deliver the highest quality, local free-range and organic meats, nationwide. I made my first order this week, and was blown away by the range and prices. The story behind each product is on the website - so you always know where your meat is from and how it was farmed.
And I got the chance to chat to three of my favourite nutrition experts. Julianne Taylor (website, Facebook page), Mikki Williden (website, Facebook page), and Caryn Zinn (website, Facebook page) have a wealth of knowledge about the relationship between real food and health. They are a great place to start for anyone who wants to change their life by changing their diet. Follow their Facebook pages for excellent tips and information. Caryn’s ‘What The Fat’ book is rather brilliant too.
When 'Polyfaces' becomes available in theatres, or for downloads, I will post an update on The Essential Broth facebook page. The directors are happy to discuss screening should anyone else like to host.