Growing Local OUTDOOR film screening and dinner


Chelsea Community Kitchen and Robin Hills Farm, in conjunction with the Maine Farmland Trust, will present the new film Growing Local on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Robin Hills Farm just north of Chelsea, MI.

The free screening of the film will be followed by a community discussion. We are pleased that one of the young farmers featured in the film, Taryn Hammer Marcus, will join us for the evening. In addition, representatives from local farms and advocacy groups will form a panel for answering questions about Michigan’s local food movement.  Event is outside, if weather permits.  Please bring a blanket to sit on.

The film will be preceded at 6:00 pm by a four course “farm to table” dinner prepared by the Robin Hills Farm “Garden Party” class led by chef Emily van der Waard.

Menu for the evening:

  • Gazpacho Bites and Smoked Goat Cheese with Honey
  • Caprese Salad
  • Grilled Curried Chicken Skewers and Cauliflower Steaks
  • Pound Cake and Ground Cherry Trifle with Raspberry Coulis

This rustic-style dinner on the farm will be served family style. Please bring your own place settings (plate, napkin, and flatware) in order to reduce waste. Reservations for the meal are available at Eventbrite and will be confirmed when check is received per instructions when making the reservation. All proceeds will benefit Chelsea Community Kitchen, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Growing Local is collaboration between Maine Farmland Trust and Seedlight Pictures. The film points to the vibrancy and the growing pains of the local food movement in Maine, and the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland that keep it alive. Premiering in September 2014, this documentary has been selected for over a dozen film festivals and won several awards.

The film contains three short vignettes: “Seeding A Dream,” “Pig Not Pork,” and “Changing Hands.” Each focuses on a different challenge hindering the growth of the local food movement, and points toward possible solutions. Our panel will focus on how these challenges impact Michigan’s local food movement and the solutions we are finding here.

[NOTE:  For more info on “Seeding a Dream” see blog post.]

Chelsea Community Kitchen is devoted to creating a healthy, local, and sustainable food culture through classroom and real-world education. See website for more details about other programs.

Robin Hills Farm’s mission is to provide an experience that educates and fascinates our community. The farm will serve as a model of sustainable, organic agriculture and appropriate land stewardship. They seek to provide opportunities to participate in responsible environmental leadership, growing organic food, and fostering a sense of community, while working together and enjoying nature.

Maine Farmland Trust is a member-powered organization that works to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of farming in Maine. More information at

Seedlight Pictures is committed to creating visual media that reminds the viewer of the importance of protecting the planet. Seedlight works with environmentally focused clients to produce short-form documentary-style films that tell compelling and visually captivating stories about our relationship to the natural world that sustains us. More information at



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