Good food—where it comes from, how it is grown, its nutritional value and its cost—is a key ingredient of healthy communities. In the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest, small family farmers are making a comeback. They're growing healthier food, more food per acre and using less energy and water than factory farms.
Filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin explore this renewed focus on local fresh food in Good Food, a documentary about growing food more sustainably. Good Food visits producers, farmers markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system. Portions of the documentary—also available in Spanish—were filmed at Seattle's Marra Farm, the Providence Regina House Food Bank in South Park and the Columbia City Farmers Market.
With the support of smART ventures, free screenings were held in South Park and Columbia City in October 2008. Watch a five-minute preview at www.goodfoodthemovie.org.
"We wanted to give back to the neighborhoods and people of diverse backgrounds who had participated in the project," said Young. "We also wanted to encourage networking among neighborhood organizations and people working on local food issues."