Filmmaker Chris Bedford to speak about helping farmers increase sales

From press release

ELIZABETH, Ill.—Chris Bedford will be speaking about his films, including What Will We Eat, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 29, at the Elizabeth Community Center, near Highland West College campus and the Fairgrounds on U.S. Rt. 20 in Elizabeth, Ill.

What Will We Eat, which focuses on the success of the Sweetwater Local Foods Market in Muskegon, Mich., chronicles the public’s growing desire to purchase locally-grown, humanely-raised food. In the film, family farmers discuss how they have found a ready market for healthy, homegrown foods, and are able to stay profitable, while fending off the misguided push toward more industrial-scale agriculture.

Chris Bedford has spent more than 25 years producing grassroots media campaigns that give voice to the average citizen in a domain often dominated by well-funded corporate campaigns.

Also speaking will be Chris Kirkpatrick, from the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. He will discuss the benefits of placing family farmland into an easement that prevents the land from being used for industrial agriculture, while permitting traditional family farming. This helps preserve valuable farmland for future generations that want to keep farms intact and in the family.

This event is sponsored by HOMES (Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, pro-agriculture group of farmers and citizens dedicated to protecting family farms, rural communities, human health, and the environment by promoting sustainable agriculture and conserving our natural resources.

For more information, call (815) 745-9013. For more information about HOMES and to help support the cause, visit:

From the June 23-29, 2010 issue

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