Documentary furthers food resilience concept
Five Central Otago women’s passion for growing their food has taken them to the big screen.
Clyde film-maker Heather Smith has been tailing the women for the past eight months for a documentary, The Food Project , which premieres in Alexandra tonight.
Smith said the film was about understanding where food comes from and increasing ‘‘food resilience’’ by removing oneself from the global food system.
‘‘By doing that we have constant access to basic food. The easiest and best way of doing that firstly is by growing your own food.’’
The women, all with young families, were brought together regularly to swap food and support one another, she said.
‘‘They had been doing it on their own and just didn’t realise how they could become a small group of people who could support each other. I amhoping the Food Project is something that will continue on beyond the film.’’
She had also interviewed local producers to give people a behind the scenes look at how food is produced locally, as well as food resilience academics.
Anna Robinson, who features in the film, said participating in the film had felt like a natural progression and the women had since formed a sub-group called the Gorilla Gardeners.
‘‘Life has been pretty much the same for me – getting into the garden as much as possible and making sure I have a constant supply of fresh veges and having surplus for friends, family and trading . . . The group tries to get together and share gardening knowledge and extra produce, and we have all become really good friends.
‘‘Everyone is on the same page; we want to produce healthy vegetables but we all do it in different ways.’’
Robinson said part of the beauty of growing her own food was educating her two young children about where food came from and how it was produced.
‘‘Also, I enjoy it. It feels really good and right for me to be growing food. Fresh is best, right?’’
The film also screens on Saturday. Book at bit.ly/1ng6BjQ.
Garden to table: Clyde videographer Heather Smith takes a break from working on her filmThe FoodProject.