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Food Day in Venice October 24

Sep 28, 2014 07:05PM

Join the Venice Holistic Community Center and Transition Venice in their version of this nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

     This event will be held from October 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Venice Holistic Community Center. An open house that includes gardening knowledge swap, plant swap and sale, dishes made with seasonal crops, potluck and a movie are just part of the fun! 

     At 6 p.m., Transition Venice will show Growing Cities, a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. The film follows two friends on their road trip across the country as they meet the people, who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food—from those growing food in backyards to make ends meet, to educators with the goal of teaching kids to eat better, to activists seeking a meaningful alternative to the industrial food system, and more. By showcasing innovative ways urban dwellers are producing food, the film will inspire people to engage more deeply with their food system—whether that means growing tomatoes in a windowsill or getting a flock of backyard chickens. At its core, the film asks viewers to re- imagine what’s possible in urban settings and shows how everyone can be a producer in a society driven by consumption.

     Information will be available about Venice Holistic Community Center and Transition Venice goals, programs, and events. This will be a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. “We are the people we’ve been waiting for!” says Jillauri Crane, director of the Center. 

     Additionally, the Venice Holistic Community Center will host a food drive October 20 to 24, to benefit Venice Mom's Helping Hands. With a record number of people on government assistance, there is a need for not only food, but things that programs like food stamps can't purchase like diapers, wipes, toilet paper or other personal care items.
     “If we can help one mom get a good night's sleep without having to worry about where the next bag of diapers are coming from, or how they are going to get clothes for their children, then we have done our job,” Crane says.


Location: Venice Holistic Community Center, 714 Shamrock Blvd, Venice. For more information, call 941-323-8033 or 941-275-5431.

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