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At his Growing Power farm in Milwaukee, Wisc., urban farmer and activist Will Allen has turned three acres of industrial wasteland into a mecca of nutrition for his neighborhood.

Will Allen

Allen, who received the MacArthur Genius Award in 2008, is one of the innovators featured in Fresh, a film that will be screened at Keuka College Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Hegeman Hall, room 109.

Part of the Center for Spiritual Life’s (CSL), Faith and the Silver Screen series, Fresh focuses on the rising movement of people and communities across America who are re-inventing our food system. The movie showcases the food architects who offer a practical vision of a new food paradigm by planting urban gardens, creating composts from food waste, buying locally-grown products, and preserving seasonal produce to eat later in the year.

In addition to Allen, the film profiles sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin and supermarket owner David Ball. In Kansas City, Ball has revitalized his community by stocking his stores with produce from a cooperative of local farmers. At Salatin’s farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the movie traces his methods for closing the nutrient cycle, and allowing cows, chickens, pigs and natural grasses to flourish without chemical fertilizers or industrial animal feed.

After the screening, a discussion about the spiritual and life application themes prevalent within the movie will be held.

Admission is free for members of the Keuka College community; a $2 donation is suggested for the general public.

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