The Real Dirt on Farmer John at the ReelHouse

Article Published: Apr. 29, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
The Real Dirt on Farmer John at the ReelHouse

See a movie, meet your farmers.

On Sunday, May 2, High Country Community Supported Agriculture will host a screening of the nationally acclaimed farm film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, at the ReelHouse Cinema & Draft in Boone.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John documents how an innovative idea matched with a big personality kept one multi-generational farm alive, despite all the obstacles facing small agriculture today.
While illustrating the effects of sweeping changes in the American food industry on farmers, the film reveals how Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) can provide a vital and sustainable link between communities and farmers.

CSA describes a relationship between eaters and single or multiple farms, in which each eater agrees to buy a certain amount of food for the entire season. This allows farmers to enjoy a stable market for their food, while giving community members access to the freshest and healthiest food available. Most CSAs nationwide also grow their food
using organic techniques.

The film screening is hosted by the multi-farm project, High Country CSA, to promote all the local farms that offer CSAs in the High Country. Following the film, multiple CSA farmers from the area will tell their stories, and viewers will have the opportunity to meet and connect with their local farmer.

"This will be a great way to round out your celebration of May Day weekend, connecting with a farmer who will stick with you throughout the whole season," said Franya Hutchins, coordinator of High Country CSA. "We are excited to get the word out about Community Supported Agriculture and promote area farms. Many local CSAs, including High Country CSA, are still accepting new members now."

The ReelHouse Cinema & Draft, located at 215 Boone Heights Drive, will have its kitchen open for this dinner and a movie (and a farmer) event.

If interested in finding out more about local food, mark your calendar for Sunday, May 2. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at 6:30. A $5 donation is suggested.

For more information, contact Hutchins at ( or (828) 963-4656.

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