Ingredients/Food Fair

Ingredients Film Showing and Local Food Bazaar

The local foods movement has established strong roots in our community, but there is work yet to be done to make fresh, healthful food available to everyone, every day. That’s why three organizations dedicated to strengthening the local food system collaborated to bring the film  Ingredients to Corvallis, with the generous support of the Wait and Lois Rising Lectureship Fund of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.  The documentary was shown on Saturday December 12, 2009 at Peavy Auditorium on the OSU campus.

Among those featured in this film, which highlights food innovators across the country, are people who have surely had some part in food that mid-Willamette Valley  residents have eaten. They either grew it, produced the seed it came from, prepared it or affected the regulations of its production.  The audience recognized such names as Cory Schreiber, Frank Morton, John Neumeister, John Eveland, Greg Higgins, Will Newman, Larry Lev and Linda Colwell. Also mentioned were the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School program, Wild Garden Seed, Cattail Creek Lamb, Gathering Together Farm, Higgins Restaurant, the Oregon Sustainable Land Trust, Oregon State University and Slow Food Portland.  (Of course, everyone who chooses local foods is part of the heroic supporting cast.)

Producer and cinematographer Brian Kimmel was present for a brief discussion after the film, along with sheep farmer John Neumeister and Larry Lev, OSU professor and Slow Food Corvallis Board Member.  Ticket sales benefited That’s My Farmer and Ten Rivers Food Web in addition to Slow Food Corvallis.

At the Local Food Bazaar following the film and discussion, Slow Food Corvallis hosted an old fashioned bake sale, with a variety of home prepared sweet and savory treats from members’ kitchens.  Bake sale proceeds will help fund participants at the 2010 Terra Madre conference. At Terra Madre, small-scale producers of “good, clean, fair” food from around the world gather to exchange ideas and ensure the future of food production, and the traditions which surround it.