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Get ‘Fresh’ on Bainbridge Island

It’s that time of year for people to think about the environment they live in and the effects they have in their own communities — it’s time for Earth Day.

In honor of Earth Day weekend, Friends of the Farms will present the documentary “Fresh,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Bainbridge Art Museum.

“Fresh” is a grassroots documentary that promotes the virtues of eating food grown and produced locally — something Bainbridge Island may know something about. The island boasts a wealth of local farms, many with CSA programs (community supported agriculture) that the film also encourages.

“It’s about the current movement of looking at how all food is presented from major food production companies. And it shows a way that people in their community can grow and purchase local food,” said Wendy Tyner, executive director of Friends of the Farms.

“Fresh” was released in 2009 and became a popular offering at many film festivals and earned an “official selection” title from five film fests.

“It is still very current in terms of reinventing how you eat healthy and eating locally,” Tyner said. “It is also a call to action as a way to inspire people to eat locally grown food.”

The audience will also have the opportunity to speak with island farmer Brian MacWhorter of Butler Greens Farm.

“I will talk about my experience farming and what I recommend,” MacWhorter said.

MacWhorter said that people like to talk about supporting local merchants and that supporting local farmers is no different.

“Farming is like that, but with food it is more than that,” he said. “We’ve given our food up to corporates and they don’t have our interests in mind.”

With the resurgence of young farmers, if they are going to make it in our community, we need to support them,” MacWhorter added. “We have the consumers’ interests in mind.”

Admission to the film is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the Pegasus Coffee House or on the Friends of the Farm website.

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