Fair Farms and Annapolis Green co-hosted a sold-out screening of the movie, “Dirt! The Movie” at Maryland Hall on Wednesday, March 8. The movie, which can be viewed online here, showcases the benefits of healthy soils and explains how we can all support better growing practices through our consumer buying habits.
Before the show, Fair Farms partners offered food samples and CSA sign-ups. Exhibitors included:
- The Ugly Pig deli (Annapolis). Owner George Williams offered samples and sales of locally-sourced and hand-crafted mustards, peanut butter and hummus.
- Chesapeake’s Bounty (North Beach) offered local honey and granola, along with bath and body products made by Centro Ashe.
- Boone Street Farm (Baltimore) sold herb satchels and passed along information to attendees about their CSA.
- There were also CSA sign-up sheets from our partners Black Bottom Farms, Cabin Creek Heritage Farm, Calvert Farm, Cottingham Farm, Even’ Star Organic Farm, Oksana’s Produce, Open Book Farm, Priapi Gardens, and Whitelock Community Farm.
After the movie, we held a panel discussion with the following guest speakers:
- Karl Schrass from Annapolis Compost
- Justen Garrity from Veteran Compost
- Frederick Struse from Compost Cab, and
- Frank Gouin, PhD, former horticulture chair, University of Maryland.
These guest speakers talked about residential and commercial composting services, the role consumers and residents can play in bringing community composting to their neighborhoods, and the secrets of healthy soils in hearty growth that not only sequesters carbon, but also provides outstanding plant yield. It’s old school, but also a kind of magic!