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February 26, 2010

Another Film About Food: FRESH

Every one of us eats - and some of us are beginning to care more about where our food has been before it reaches us. And many of us are taking steps to learn about or even change how we think about food.

When it comes to learning a language, I like to use something we can all relate to. Food is an ideal subject.

A great class or group project would be to work together to buy, prepare, or even....

...grow food.

There area couple of recent films that explore and present different aspects of food. FRESH http://www.freshthemovie.com/ is a film that presents a hopeful view of the future of food. If you like to have a community screening of this film, click here http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5958/p/d/freshthemovie/shop/items.sjs.

The whole idea of this screening opportunity is to get people to watch it together (in a community setting) and then work together in a continuing process to make personal lives, neighborhoods and communities (as well as local economies) better, healthier and more enduring.

As the FRESH website puts it "FRESH is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. Our aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participant in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement."

FRESH is not only a rallying cry to better food, it is also an inspiration to become a more active participant in the health of your community. Or even leave your mark on food preparers around the world by contributing to a cookbook FRESH is compiling. They are putting together a blog version - and the very best contributions will go into a print version. You can find out more, or send your contribution here http://www.freshthemovie.com/call-to-action/fresh-cookbook-contest/.

Here's another fun class project; each screening group is encouraged to develop their own Fresh Actions - ways to eat, prepare or grow food. Here's a recent set of suggestions from one local community;http://www.freshthemovie.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Fairfield-Ten-Ways-to-Eat-FRESH.pdf.

Good food always makes me feel better, more energetic and helps me think more clearly. I encourage you to take more control over your food.

As always, there is far more to food, than just food.

It is good to remember that we are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at February 26, 2010 09:18 PM

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