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FAVOR Friday Flick

Posted by ed.wilmot on March 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you know how many times I have to explain to people that sustainability is more than just protecting the environment? Way too much!!


SUSTAINABILITY is about protecting all our resources for future generations, which include natural, economical, educational, cultural, social, spiritual, civic, health and wellness resources.


Later today I will be going to the Movie Night at the office of Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR). They will be showing the recently released Dallas Buyers Club.

You might be asking how this applies to sustainability. Well let me explain.


FAVOR supports the preservation of social, cultural, educational, health and wellness resources. FAVOR was started several years ago with the purpose of removing the stigma associated with substance abuse. They have worked closely with many local organizations and businesses to hold events, sharing information to the public on how a positive and reinforcing approach to recovery can strengthen our community.


Let me share with you their vision and mission.




The community embraces and celebrates recovery from substance use disorders as a positive, healing force.


The mission of FAVOR Greenville is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders through education, advocacy and recovery support services, resulting in healthier individuals, families, and communities.


Absolutely no one is immune to substance abuse. It comes in all forms, shapes, sizes and colors. Young and old, men and women, it's indiscriminate. Everyone either has been directly or indirectly affected by substance abuse.


A sustainable approach to recovery will include many modalities and treatments. FAVOR is working hard to present ideas and approaches that fill that missing gap so often found among churches, prisons, 12 step programs, and recovery programs. All of these entities have had successes in helping people recover from substance abuse, but none of them have been 100% successful. The sustainable approach is embodied with numerable avenues of recovery and eliminating the stigma that addicts and alcoholics have lived with since time began.


If you or someone you know may have a problem with substance abuse, FAVOR may be the place to start. From there, recovery may lead to any number of healthy and spirited filled ventures for a life well lived.  


Dallas Buyers Club is a great example of social, cultural and health sustainability.

Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy with a devil-may-care lifestyle who is blindsided with an H.I.V.-positive diagnosis and given 30 days to live. He quickly finds a lack of approved medications in the U.S. and crosses the border into Mexico where he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S. Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon, a transsexual who shares Ron's lust for life and entrepreneurial spirit. They establish a "buyers club," where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron's pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong as he fights for dignity, education, and acceptance.



Review of the film "Ingredients"

Posted by ed.wilmot on February 8, 2011 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (1)

I just got home from the Upcountry History Museum after viewing the film "Ingredients" at the Flicks For Thought Fim Series hosted by the Greenville Organic Foods Organization (GOFO) and Upstate Forever and sponsored by the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. Tonight GOFO presented Ingredients. With a reception of fantastic food made from local ingredients, the restaurant Scratch was a perfect example of the partnerships described in the film. 


The film is based around the idea farming is just now returning to its roots of seasonality where food is central to the health and stability of society on a day to day basis. The film is told in four parts: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter in and around primarily the Portland, Oregan region. And yet the stories behind the seasons could be told almost anywhere in the world. They do interview famers and chefs from New York and San Francisco area as well.


This film celebrates farmers and chefs. Instead of focusing on the failings of conventional farming, it describes the successes of what can happen when chefs and farmers embrace a sustainable farming system (just like Scratch does with our own local farmers). Throughout, you get to witness the interaction of not only chefs and farmers, but also local residents and farmers. These relationships have proven to be the back bone of a growing local food movement.


The visual appeal of the film is top notch. As the seasons progress, a variety of produce parades across the screen projecting vibrant colors and you can begin to imagine also the clear smells associated with the food. As one of the farmers scoops up some of the biodynamic soil in one of his rows of vegetables, he says, "You can smell the forest floor, right?" I could certainly imagine it.


Many of the interviews of farmers, such as John Neumeister of Cattail Creek Lamb farm, are a pure pleasure to listen to. You get to see and hear their excitement and joy of raising and providing clean, healthy food to their customers. This excitement is what is needed to galvanize communities around quality food and getting our young people involved on a one to one relationship with food. As mentioned in the film, children will eat more than the daily allowance of vegetables if they are out in the garden and field discovering a relationship to the land and what it can provide us.


So if you get a chance watch this film. The trailer for the film is below.


If you would like to purchase a copy, visit . From now through March 31, when you purchase a DVD, $10 of your purchase goes directly to GOFO. When you order, enter the promo code "GOFO" and you'll be making a significant contribution to this great organization and the projects they are offering throughout the Greenville area. 


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