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Voices of Transition, Free Film Event in Salem, Wednesday February 14th @ 6:30pm

Monthly Permaculture Films Restarting at a new location.

Voices of Transition: A Film by Nils Aguilar
A documentary “action” movie for community-led food production.
Free Film Event Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Voices of Transition: Three Paths To a Better (Food) System

Farming in Transition : France is a leader in agroforestry research. The natural forest ecosystem is the best source of inspiration of the shift away from destructive monocultural farming to diversified and truly efficient agricultural ecosystems.

Community-led Solutions : With its roots in the UK, the Transition Town movement is now booming globally. Numerous grassroots initiatives are bringing food production into the city, encouraging resource -conscious thinking re-localising infrastructure.

Cuba’s path to agroecology : When the Soviet Union collapsed, so did Cuba’s oil supply. The country’s farms faced an unprecedented crisis. But Cuba has used this desperate situation to become a pioneer of agro-ecology and urban farming. 70% of all fruits and vegetables eaten Havana are now grown in the city — and they’re organic.

Interested in restoration agriculture, sustainable gardening, and local solutions? Come join our latest free film to meet other like minded folk and learn more.

NW Permaculture Institute Free Film and Lecture Series
Held in Salem every 2nd Wednesday @ 6:30 pm
At Salem Friend’s Meeting House, 490 19th Street NE (19th at Breyman)
For more information: 971-218-4772, or dianedalychavez@gmail.com.

Just realized that this will be on Valentine’s Day. Feel free to bring chocolate.





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Voices of Transition documentary & Kris Hikari with Friends of Trees, Free Film and Lecture in Salem, February 25th @ 6:30pm


Voices of Transition presents innovative, inspirational – and concrete – solutions to the food security challenges we humans increasingly face. It explores agroforestry models in France, permaculture and TRANSITION TOWN initiatives in England and the organic farming revolution in Cuba.
By focusing on immediate profit and ignoring millennia of experience in agronomy, agroindustry is responsible for the unprecedented erosion of soils now occurring around the world. Add climate change and dwindling natural resources to the picture, and it would appear that even societies in the Global North are no longer safe from famines. Voices of Transition is a film which is optimistic but clear-sighted. It makes clear that these current and impending crises are, in fact, positive challenges!  65 minutes.

After the film, Kris Hikari will share how Friends of Trees is working in Salem to build a sense of community through the simple act of planting trees together. She will touch on the many values of the “urban forest” and what we can all contribute to the growth and health of this commonly overlooked natural resource. Kris will also share upcoming opportunities to plant with Friends of Trees, and additional resources to get involved with the stewardship of Salem’s urban forest.

Friends of Trees is the northwest’s biggest and longest standing community forestry non-profit that plants trees with local volunteers throughout the Willamette Valley and into Vancouver, Washington. Our mission is to bring people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces across the northwest. Over the course of the past 26 years, we have planted over a half a million trees and native shrubs with the help of tens of thousands of community members. FOT currently plants in over 20 municipalities, and is in it’s 4th planting season in Salem. Our efforts are largely driven by water quality goals, but also aim to increase shade and natural beauty in the city, reduce the urban “heat island effect”, and to improve urban livability overall.

Kris Hikari is a passionate steward of urban environments for the well-being of both people and wildlife. As Regional Programs Manager with Friends of Trees, she helps establish tree planting programs in new communities throughout the Willamette Valley. Kris is an ISA-certified arborist and has worked in the natural area restoration and urban forestry fields for over seven years. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, and previously studied geography of the Pacific Northwest at Portland State University. In her free time, Kris is an avid gardener, birder, naturalist, and bike builder.


Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share: Free Film and Lecture Series
Held in Salem every 4th Thursday @ 6:30pm (except November and December)

Salem 4th Thursday events include potluck & discussion
@ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center Street. NE, Salem
For more information: 503-449-8077

This event is made possible by support from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, LifeSource Natural Foods, and private donations from people in our community. Thank you for your support!