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Review of the film "Ingredients"

Posted by ed.wilmot on February 8, 2011 at 9:05 PM

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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Reply Lindsay at
9:45 PM on June 9, 2011 
This is a great film. In addition to sustainable sources for food, we at are passionate about creating a sustainable online marketplace for children's clothing. Check us out!

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