Urban Farm Debuts Farm Film Night
Hayes Valley Farm Screens DIRT! The Movie
to Build Community and Awareness around Soil
San Francisco, CA (May 5, 2010) — On Tuesday, May 18, Hayes Valley Farm will screen DIRT! The Movie, marking the first in a series of outdoor Farm Film Nights at the 2.5-acre educational farm located on the former Central Freeway site. Farm Film Night will be a fun family-friendly event, giving farm volunteers and community members the opportunity to relax, mingle, and enjoy the farm under the stars, after three months of hard work pushing wheelbarrows and shoveling mulch and manure to prep the site for planting.
Gates will open at 7:30 p.m., with first-come-first-serve seating. The screening will begin at sundown, at 8:15 p.m., with several short films by Bay Area filmmakers from How-to Homestead. The films will be accompanied by live music by the Sk8 Sisters.
Farm Film Night's main feature, DIRT! The Movie, will follow. Released this year and directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, DIRT! The Movie sheds light on one the world's most precious, least appreciated, and rapidly vanishing resources: soil. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, the film features environmental and food movement leaders such as Vandana Shiva, Wangari Maathai, Wes Jackson, and Alice Waters, who are working to raise soil awareness and repair damage to the earth's soil through deforestation and industrial farming methods. The topic of dirt is especially well suited to Hayes Valley Farm, where recent volunteer efforts have focused on building fertile, healthy soil for urban farming.
Farm Film Night will be Hayes Valley Farm's first large-scale fundraiser, benefiting the farm's Wheelbarrow Fund to procure much-needed farm tools, such as wheelbarrows, shovels, and rakes for volunteers. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the filmmakers and musicians.
The Farm Film Night series will showcase new and fresh films and educate urban dwellers on issues of food and eco-sustainability. The farm plans to host film nights throughout the summer and fall, with future dates to be announced.
WHAT: Farm Film Night Kick-Off, featuring DIRT! The Movie, plus short films from How-to Homestead
WHERE: Hayes Valley Farm, 450 Laguna Street (at Fell Street), San Francisco
DATE: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
TIME: Gates open at 7:30 p.m., films begin at 8:15 p.m.
TICKETS: Advance ticketing at http://farmfilmnightkickoff.eventbrite.com
. Tickets will also be available at the gates on the night of the event. Tickets are $5 for general admission (bring a blanket for floor seating) or $10 for reserved chair seating. For an additional $3, tickets can be upgraded to include special homemade popcorn and a drink.
ADDITIONAL INFO: Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and dress warm.
OFFICIAL EVENT LINK: http://bit.ly/farmfilmnight
ADDITIONAL LINKS: http://www.hayesvalleyfarm.com
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About Hayes Valley Farm
Growing in the heart of San Francisco, Hayes Valley Farm is an education and research project with a focus on urban agriculture. Organized by an alliance of urban farmers, garden educators, and landscape designers, Hayes Valley Farm has transformed a former freeway into a site for urban food production and education, while offering a relaxing communal space for residents to meet and exchange knowledge, ideas, and resources. Since opening its gates on January 24, 2010, Hayes Valley Farm has received growing community interest, with more than 100 volunteers showing up some weeks. To date, the farm has logged nearly 4,000 community volunteer hours. Site activities and workshops empower citizens to grow food sustainably, practicing methods that encourage the use of resources available on site. The farm also plans to sell varietal fruit trees, specially suited to San Francisco’s climate and small backyards, and offers vegetable seedlings to home gardeners. For more information, visit http://www.hayesvalleyfarm.com