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Earth Day Film and Panel

April 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for this wonderful film, discussion and seed exchange.

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Presented by Organic Growers School in partnership with Asheville Greenworks, Bountiful Cities, Green Opportunities, and Sow True Seed, Seed: The Untold Story tells a beautiful tale of seed diversity and its sad demise. The film takes us on a journey through heart-wrenching stories of betrayal and loss, sobering facts about where seed today is — and isn’t — and the threats to seed diversity that threaten our very existence.

From 544 varieties of cabbage, we have just 28; from 158 varieties of cauliflower, we now have 9, and the list goes on. “We have lost 94% of vegetable seed varieties in the 20th century,” we are told at the start of the film. It is truly enough to make you weep…and to inspire action to save our heritage for our future.

Time spent with both traditional seed savers and seed saving pioneers working daily to bring back what was stolen from us through chemical use, GMO technology and corporate control of world politics, is also time spent with the innate beauty of seed. Filmed with reverence and an understanding of the miracle of life that seed truly is, Seed: The Untold Story carries us closer to seed in a very intimate, even sensual, way.

A panel discussion will follow the film. Panelists include Ashley Epling/Slow Food Heritage Food Project, Carolina Arias/AB Community Gardens Network, Chris Smith/Sow True Seed, Dr. Joe-Ann McCoy/NC Arboretum Germplasm Repository, and Lee Barnes/Southern Seed Exchange.

From seed is born the root of our existence. We’ll gather together in community for an exploration of seed, as never does a gathering of caring people convene that a seed of hope is not planted.

Cost: by donation at the door.
Doors open at 5:30 PM; refreshments served before the screening.

Thank you to our sponsors: Lenoir Rhyne University, Roots Hummus, Hendersonville Community Co-op, Trader Joe’s, Hi-Wire Brewery and Jack’s Boxes. And a special thanks to Green Opportunities and Kitchen Ready!


Organic Growers School


Lenoir Ryhne Center for Sustainability Studies