Doc­u­men­tary fur­thers food re­silience con­cept

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

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

Gar­den to ta­ble: Clyde videog­ra­pher Heather Smith takes a break from work­ing on her filmThe FoodPro­ject.

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