Urban Digs Farm presents Mindful Meat at River Market in New Westminster

Film Screening to include Panel Discussion and Reception with Sustainable Bites

Factory farming, mislabeled organics, and GMOs are just a few of the issues troubling our food system, and with daily news reports on the topic, eating sustainably is more confusing and complicated than ever before. The subject will be on the table on Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at River Market at Westminster Quay, when Urban Digs Farm presents Mindful Meat, an interactive evening exploring sustainable tables and ethical eats.

The evening will feature a special screening of American Meat, a solutions-oriented documentary about pork, beef and chicken production. Thought-provoking and well-balanced, the film centers around farmer Joel Salatin, who uses a system of pasture rotation to produce pork, beef and chicken in a way that is both economically and environmentally sustainable. The film also respectfully presents conventional ways of meat production through the eyes and stories of commodity farmers. While the film features farmers in the United States, the primary issues are just as relevant here in Canada.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion exploring the themes of the film and personal choices that support an ethical and sustainable food system. Panel speakers include: Julia Smith, a sustainable meat advocate and co-owner of Urban Digs Farm; Colleen Kimmett, a Vancouver-based journalist who writes about food, science and the environment; Lori Law, a local food enthusiast who endeavours to make a tangible contribution to food citizenship; Lorne McMillan, head of the butchery team at West Broadway Meats in Kitsilano, a place that celebrates local, pastured & organic whole animal butchery and old school techniques; and Michael Kaisaris, chef and co-owner of Re-Up BBQ, who will speak to the benefits and challenges of sourcing local, ethical meat from the perspective of a restaurateur.

The screening and panel will be preceded by a reception with bites from Re-Up BBQand Longtail Kitchen, made from locally sourced, sustainable meat, as well as locally made craft beer from Coal Harbour Brewing Co.

A limited number of tickets are available for $27.50 per person and include food, one beer ticket, film screening and panel discussion. For further information and to purchase tickets, go to: urbandigsfarm.com/mindful-meat.

About Urban Digs Farm
Urban Digs is a small family farm based in South Burnaby in a pocket of precious Agricultural Land Reserve less than 20km away from the restaurants and families they grow for. Urban Digs strives to grow good, wholesome food in a way that is environmentally, socially and financially sustainable. In addition to the Beasty Box meat subscription, Urban Digs supplies meat, eggs and produce to Vancouver’s finest farm-to-table restaurants — Bishop’s, Burdock & Co., Cibo Trattoria, España, Fable, Farmer’s Apprentice, Harvest Community Foods, Kessel & March, Longtail Kitchen, PiDGiN, Re-Up BBQ, Seasonal 56, The Acorn, Wildebeest, West — and also offers their products direct-to-consumer seasonally at the farm and through their harvest box programs.urbandigsfarm.com

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