Celebrate High Country Food Day

Article Published: Oct. 11, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 16, 2012
Celebrate High Country Food Day

In spite of our mountainous terrain and short growing season, the High Country’s local food movement continues to gain momentum.

Community and home gardens are on the rise, food entrepreneurs and growers are selling goods at more markets, and the Seeds of Change Initiative, a campaign to grow jobs, improve health and end poverty through the extraordinary potential of locally grown food, is based in Boone.

High Country Food Day is a celebration of the many initiatives, organizations and people that work hard to promote healthy, affordable and sustainable food in our community. Folks from the community and university are planning events to educate and celebrate.

Here are a few community events. For an updated schedule, check out http://highcountryfoodday.brwia.org/index.html.

Free Movie Viewing and Hors D’oeuvres

Did you know that, despite a surge in recent years, the sale of local fruits and vegetables comprises only 2 percent of U.S. agricultural sales and that nearly 50 percent of U.S. farmland is planted with corn and soybeans?

Make plans to join N.C. Cooperative Extension and Appalachian State University Student Dietetics Association on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5:15 p.m. at the Agricultural Conference Center to view the movie, “The Weight of the Nation: Challenges.”

This movie reviews the state of our food system, how the system affects health of Americans and what it will take to improve it.

We will begin the evening with hors d’oeuvres created from locally grown food, view the hour-long movie and then have a group discussion. The Agricultural Conference Center is located at 252 Poplar Grove Road in Boone. For questions, contact Margie Mansure at margie_mansure@ncsu.edu or (828) 264-3061.

‘Greening the Revolution’

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m., a documentary, “Greening the Revolution” will be screened at the Watauga County Public Library, followed by discussion with director Katie Curran.

This high-definition documentary explores the far-reaching effects of international food injustice, from world hunger to the consumption of industrial food. Using food as a symbol of inequality, the filmmakers explain and expose the corrupt cycle of globalization that perpetuates systems of poverty and oppressive social control.

The film then presents hope: successful, sustainable communities, achieving food justice and freedom through the power of the people. “Greening the Revolution” was filmed in India, Kenya, Zambia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti and the United States.

Bread of Life

The Bread of Life Community Kitchen of the Hospitality House will be providing a free local meal, along with tours of the facility and gardens. The meal, which will be provided and prepared by representatives of F.A.R.M. Café and High Country United Church of Christ, will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tastes of Autumn

The Tastes of Autumn Vegetarian Feast will be served Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at Camp Sky Ranch Events, located at 634 Sky Ranch Road in Boone.

This meal will be a celebration of the tastes of autumn in the High Country, planned in conjunction with Food Day. It will feature many dishes to please both vegan and vegetarian guests, prepared by a team of talented and very creative chefs. Tickets must be purchased in advance via http://www.highcountrylocalfirst.org at a cost of $40 per person.

If you are a High Country Local First business member, or if you have a LOCAL FIRST! REWARDS CARD, you can receive $5 off of the listed price.

Margie Mansure, M.S., R.D. is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and extension agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension. She offers personalized classes to improve the health of citizens in Watauga County through worksites, schools and community groups. For more information, email margie_mansure@ncsu.edu or call (828) 264-3061

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As part of High Country Food Day Oct. 24, the Watauga office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension and the ASU Student Dietetics Association will host a screening of a portion of ‘The Weight of the Nation.’

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