Screening of DEEPLY ROOTED with Slow Food East End
Join us along with Slow Food East End for a screening of “Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey to Save our Seeds and Stories” and a delicious taste of Camellia Brand red beans and rice (vegetarian prepared by Art of Eating Catering).
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a taste of rice and beans and film at 7 p.m followed by a panel discussion. Panelists to be announced.
Part of the proceeds will benefit East End Farmers Urgency Fund.
Why is John Coykendall’s work important? In the last century, more than 94% of the food crops we once grew have become extinct. Not only are we endangering ourselves as we lose biodiversity, we are also at risk of losing our collective, cultural knowledge of traditional farming methods.
John Coykendall is a renowned heirloom seed saver, a classically trained artist, and Master Gardener at Blackberry Farm, one of America’s top resorts in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. For four decades, Coykendall has worked to preserve the heritage – in volumes of journals – of a small farm community in Louisiana, one that represents a dying way of life in most of America. These journals are a love letter to a time when we were all more closely connected to our food and to each other. This work reminds us that the food we eat represents our own living history – an unbroken chain of genetic diversity nourished, cultivated and handed down to us by our ancestors.
Deeply Rooted serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving that legacy and demonstrating ways to do it. #deeplyrootedfilm