SCREENING

Me yammering. Poor guy.  See how much food is on my plate compared to his

Jordanne, who loves music,  chats with Mr Mauser, one of the composers.

Farmer D chats with an old friend and used to be neighbor

Justin talks farming with a fellow farmer.  Hmmm, wonder if there were any gardening secrets revealved.  Yeah, like they would tell us anyway.

Nice & comfy.  50 people pack in the living and dining room of our friend’s home. McFalls gives a brief introduction before the film

LA Times writer, Mr Robinson,  with the family

Film Night

Wow! “Homegrown” is truely one of the most moving, motivating, and inspiring documentaries I have EVER seen. The love, warmth, support, and unity you share with your family should be emulated worldwide; imagine that?!? – RD

Nearly 50 people attended the private in home screening of Robert Mcfalls documentary, HomeGrown.

We invited Joe Robinson, LA Times writer, who wrote the urban homesteading story (back in 2006) which producer/director Mcfalls read that prompted him in contacting us.   That was a nice connection.  I saw them chatting away for quite awhile.

Also attending that evening was Arthur (camera) and Ted Mauser who worked on some of the musical score (which was amazing btw).

Thank you E & E for opening up your lovely home to accommodate this event .  We appreciated your generous hospitality.

Also thank you to those who purchased tickets to support our outreach work. JG, SM, AL, SJ, JB, HW, AL, SM.  I know a lot more of you wanted to see this film and the producer has considered a more public LA screening sometime in the future.  Well, that’s what I think he said.

It was a beautiful, even warm, December evening and it was good to see old friends and mingle with everyone.  Of course, not all of us watched the film because it was a bit uncomfortable for us.  But from the cheers, laughs, applause and comments afterwards that people were indeed touched and inspired by the film.

Word from the producer says that maybe the DVD will be out sometime next summer. Unfortunately the film’s not long enough for Sundance Film Festival and neither Netflix.  The only negative things that were said that evening is when folks came up to me/us and expressed their wishes to have longer version since, they said, the film “leaves a lot of questions unanswered” and was “open ended in some of the dialogue”  and “could have touched, expounded on a lot more subjects,” etc, etc, etc.

Also thank you to K & S M, JG and SG who brought us lovely (and tasty) homemade gifts and goodies from their garden.  Your friendship and support is greatly appreciated.

Now back to life on the urban homestead…

Rain

After a few glorious sunny days, there’s a chance of rain expected tonight.  The garden would appreciate a bit of rain.  We need as much as we can get in our short rainy season that we have.

The garden is looking lush and lovely.  More on the garden, what we ate last week, goats and more coming up….  Right now I just need to find a small paper bag!  Monday starts another week and I have loads on my to do list.   Best if I not look at it till tomorrow.  Er, it is almost tomorrow….

Looking forward to hearing some pitter patter on the roof tonight (it’s near midnight and still no rain).  Such an evening makes for great knitting.  I really should start to upgrade our wardrobe a bit will all that yarn that I have stashed in the middle room.  Whoops, that’s  right, I said I wasn’t going to look at my to do list!

Comments(6)

  1. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais!!!!
    I dont know about a more public screening in LA,there should be a worldwide screening so more people would get to see the real alternative!IMHO!!!! Taking inspiration from your continued example of consistent focus,I myself am focused on how best to apply all I have learnt this past 12 months.
    It is of course easier to focus when things are going well,it is when things are difficult that the right attitude wins the day!It would be terribly niave of me to think that you guys and gals never have to deal with diificult times,I can only applaud and salute your most positive application on a personal level for bringing us so much ‘food’ to chew over this past year regardless of challenging times!
    I am honoured to know you all and to be a part ofan ever growing ‘family’ of ‘freedom gardeners’,I draw so much inspiration from all of you!!!
    IMHO,it matters not that we are sometimes weary from our labour,but that all our efforts are seen and recognised by our Grand Creator,who rejoices when we do what is honest and right.
    Thank you all so much.
    blessings from my side of the pond,
    gerry m xxx

  2. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais!!!!
    I dont know about a more public screening in LA,there should be a worldwide screening so more people would get to see the real alternative!IMHO!!!! Taking inspiration from your continued example of consistent focus,I myself am focused on how best to apply all I have learnt this past 12 months.
    It is of course easier to focus when things are going well,it is when things are difficult that the right attitude wins the day!It would be terribly niave of me to think that you guys and gals never have to deal with diificult times,I can only applaud and salute your most positive application on a personal level for bringing us so much ‘food’ to chew over this past year regardless of challenging times!
    I am honoured to know you all and to be a part ofan ever growing ‘family’ of ‘freedom gardeners’,I draw so much inspiration from all of you!!!
    IMHO,it matters not that we are sometimes weary from our labour,but that all our efforts are seen and recognised by our Grand Creator,who rejoices when we do what is honest and right.
    Thank you all so much.
    blessings from my side of the pond,
    gerry m xxx

  3. Stacy says:

    We got a cloudburst or two here last night about 9. It made wonderful knitting weather – I finished off one baby blanket and started another (which had me up way past my bedtime…).

    I recently inherited a bunch of yarn I can’t use because none of us can tolerate wool, and the charities I knit for want machine washable. It’s about (19) 50g skeins of English wool – Emu Naturally Double Knit in a light brown tweed. I would imagine it’s easily enough for at least a sweater. Could you use it?

  4. Stacy says:

    We got a cloudburst or two here last night about 9. It made wonderful knitting weather – I finished off one baby blanket and started another (which had me up way past my bedtime…).

    I recently inherited a bunch of yarn I can’t use because none of us can tolerate wool, and the charities I knit for want machine washable. It’s about (19) 50g skeins of English wool – Emu Naturally Double Knit in a light brown tweed. I would imagine it’s easily enough for at least a sweater. Could you use it?

  5. Chris says:

    Anais,
    This site, and you and your family are such a treasure! Thankyou for all you do! C

  6. Chris says:

    Anais,
    This site, and you and your family are such a treasure! Thankyou for all you do! C

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