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Sunday, April 12th

From Musk Ox to Cornbread
Last week I (Eating Alaska's director), landed in Lexington, Kentucky as an artist in residence at the Living Arts & Science Center. It was disconcerting to make a big ol' carbon footprint and travel from a residency in White Mountain, Alaska, a village outside Nome, and from eating fresh crab to finding myself far from the ocean.

What helped to ground me? Finding a farmer's market, tasting some local goat cheese, seeing some hydrophonically grown tomatoes, and making connections with people asking the same questions. I discovered it is Green Month in Lex and found my way to a talk at a cafe, part of a Sustainability Lecture Series, called "Bringing Italy & Terra Madre (a world meeting of food communities a project conceived by Slow Food) Home to the Bluegrass." Jim Embry a local activist and teacher, among other things, shared his experience in Italy and asked questions about the way we eat and live, like why when we travel on U.S. highways is it so hard to find "good food?" To quote Jim, more directly, he writes in the local weekly, ACE, "In Kentucky, we don't have to wait until the food system melts down before we restore our sanity and health."

I do miss opening the freezer and pulling out a bag of beach asparagus and a salmon filete, but seeing what other people are doing to get access to good, clean, water and food and to live a little less destructively, isn't so bad.

In the meantime, Eating Alaska screened last week in Anchorage as part of National Public Health Week, in Nome at a science conference, in Ketchikan at the Discovery Center and at the high school and in New York City for a two weekend-long Food for Thought Film series.

Eating Alaska Screenings Coming Up:

Food for Thought Film Festival, New York City
Saturday April 18, 2009 3:45 PM
Columbia Univ. Medical Center Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th St.

Homer, Alaska Community Screening
On Earth Day, April 22nd, 6:30pm
Homer Theatre
This showing is being hosted by the
Homer Farmers' Market and Fox River Cattlemen's Association.

• Copper Landing AK Community Screening
Thursday, April 2, 7pm
Cooper Landing School

Slow Food Boston Eating Alaska Screening
Sunday, April 26, 2009 3:30 PM
Theodore Parker Church, West Roxbury

• Redstone, Colorado Final Winters Series Event
Sunday May 3, 2009 7 pm
Church at Redstone
Screening to be followed with local farmers, bee-keepers, grass fed local meat ranchers
and talk of our own community garden.

• Eating Alaska in Lexington, Kentucky
Presented byThe Living Arts & Science Center
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
6:30 pm Reception featuring local foods
Sponsored by Good Foods Co-op
7;00 p.m Screening & discussion with the filmmaker
Lexington Public Library, Main Street

• 2009 Alaska Dietetic Association Spring Conference: The Power of Nutrition in Alaska
Friday May 15, 2009
6:30-8:30 pm University of Alaska, Anchorage, Cuddy Center

• Wrangell, AK Community & School Screenings
May 18-19, 2009 Time & Place TBA
Filmmaker visits school and community

Mendocino Film Festival, Mendocino, CA
May 29-31, 2009

Ellen Frankenstein, on 04.12.09 @ 06:49AKT [link]