ENCINITAS — For the second year, the coastal community is invited to connect with agriculture through an educational series featuring a local favorite.
Coastal Roots Farm is launching its second Farm Film and Music Series at 7 p.m. on June 23 in Encinitas with Sanjay Rawal’s documentary on Native American and ancestral food sovereignty.
“Bring togetheris the first in a five-part series featuring films and live music helping those looking to connect with local environmental justice and food systems experts and activists. For $10, participants will experience regenerative agriculture once a month from June to October at the farm located at 441 Saxony Road.
Future screenings include “A Plastic Ocean” in July, “Unbroken Ground” in August, “The Biggest Little Farm” in September, and October ends the series with “Fantastic Fungi.”
The film and music series highlights one of the farm’s initiatives to educate and engage in regenerative agriculture.
Uniquely positioned to influence urban farmers and traditional producers, Coastal Roots introduced the series event in 2021 as a community outreach initiative to engage the community in issues that impact food systems .
“We know we are just a small part of a much larger food system that definitely needs fixing,” said Kesha Dorsey Spoor, director of philanthropy, program strategy and communications at Coastal Roots Farm.
One of the ways the local farm is tackling the complex challenges of food systems is through regenerative agriculture – a broad topic that will be discussed at the events.
Each of the five nights will focus on how this approach to agriculture has the potential to ameliorate the county’s soil depletion, fight climate change and feed communities.
“The way we say it on the farm is ‘Good soil makes good food,'” Spoor said, “We deeply rely on healthy soil to feed the people of the planet, and so we need to take care of this ground.”
Regenerative agriculture is based on holistic practices that restore the soil and the ecosystem as a whole. Some of these practices include prescribed livestock grazing, crop rotation, crop diversity, and no-till farming – or avoiding mechanically agitating the soil for planting.
The Haven for Beloved Farmers Markets and Educational Tours practices some of these methods in Encinitas.
“The way we farm at Coastal Roots Farm is to preserve the topsoil we rely on so deeply,” Spoor said.
Coastal Roots has four main initiatives: regenerative agriculture, equitable food access, environmental education — for everyone “from kindergarten to gray,” Spoor said.
The latest initiative focuses on Jewish life, although the association is a pluralistic community.
“We think we have something to say about how we can treat the land and how we can treat each other and how we treat animals and kind of add a special values lens that is really meant to be inclusive. and truly universal,” Spoor added. .
According to the San Diego Foundation, 1 in 3 residents are considered food insecure or unable to provide three nutritious meals for themselves and their family. Coastal Roots offers a paid farm stand, farm camps and guided tours to cultivate a healthy community.
“Coastal Roots is an example of what’s possible,” Spoor said. “A dream could be that each community has a community farm offering dignified and equitable access to food.