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Path to Freedom Urban Homesteaders will be boothing/tabling and Farmer D will be part of a ‘Slow Food’ panel discussion at the Sustainable LA Downtown Film Festival.

About the Event

This year’s Downtown Film Festival – L.A. ( will conclude its final day on Sunday, August 17th with “Sustainable L.A.” – a day-long line-up of activities revolving around environmentalism in the urban experience.

Sustainable L.A.
Sunday, August 17th, 12 noon to 10 pm
Grand Avenue and California Plaza – Bunker Hill, Downtown L.A.

All programs will be offered entirely free to the public.

Buy Local, Eat Slow: A New Way of Thinking About Food
Date/Time: Sunday, August 17th, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Slow Food is a system based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice – in short, a food system that is Good, Clean and Fair. The Slow Food movement is about shortening the distance, literally and !figuratively, that our food travels to us.


Russ Parsons, food columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and the author of How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table. Parsons has won almost every major American food writing award, including the Association of Food Journalists, the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Bert Greene Award.


Jules Dervaes – founder, Path to Freedom, a grassroots, green award-winning, family operated urban homesteading project, and owner of Dervaes Gardens, which grows and sells fresh organic produce to local restaurants and caterers.

Gypsy Gifford – Executive Chef, Cafe Pinot. Chef Gifford has been heralded in national publications such as Food Arts, Life Magazine, and Woman’s Day.

Lisa Lucas – Vice President, Los Angeles chapter, Slow Food Nation, and an active member of the Slow Food movement since the mid-1990’s.

Amelia Saltsman – television host/producer of “Fresh from the Farmer’s Market.” Her articles have been published in the LA Times, National Geographic Traveler, and others. Ms. Saltsman’s book, The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook, was published in August 2007

For more information:
Downtown Film Festival – L.A.
(213) 221-7685

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