Previous Events


Student Research Symposium (May)

Food Collaborative Film Series: The Food Collaborative hosted three film screenings in 2013, emphasizing issues related to food heritage, food stamps, and the importance of bees. Food Stamped (October), our National Food Day film, chronicled one couple's attempts to eat healthily on a Food Stamp budget. The discussion afterwards featured Paul Freedman (Department of Politics, Galen Fountain (Batten School), Stephen Hitchcock (the Haven), and Joe Caputi (Blue Ridge Area Food Bank).

As part of the Virginia Film Festival (November), we sponsored a showing of Pride and Joy, about Southern food heritage, and More than Honey, about the implications of colony collapse among bees. Pride and Joy was followed by a panel discussion with film director Joe York, Leni Sorensen, (culinary and cultural historian) Jamie Ross (Agee films), Judy Mickelson (local historian), Travis Milton (chef, Comfort Restaurant) and Christine Gyovai (University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation), while Professor Manuel Lerdau (Departments of Biology and Environmental Sciences) was on hand to discuss More than Honey.
Check out Facebook for photos from Pride and Joy and Food Stamped!

In Spring 2014, we sponsored three additional films. A Place at the Table (February) shadowed three American families as they experienced food insecurity, and was followed by a panel discussion with Dominic Barrett (Shalom Farms, Richmond), Ryan Blosser (Dancing Star Farms and Project GROWS, Waynesboro) and Paul Freedman (moderator, Department of Politics). Dive! (March) focused on food waste by supermarkets and grocery stores, and led to a spirited discussion of dumpster diving and gleaning by Mike Waldmann (Society of St. Andrews), Eric Walter (Black Bear Composting), Chris Stevens (UVA Dining Sustainability Manager) and Tanya Denckla Cobb (moderator, Associate Director, Institute for Environmental Negotiation). A Chemical Reaction (April) explored the consequences of chemical pesticides and one town's movement to ban their use and was followed by a discussion with Pete Myers (UVA, Environmental Health News), Caleb Jaffe (Southern Environmental Law Center) and Manuel Lerdau (Departments of Biology and Environmental Sciences).


PURSUIT Conference (April) The Food Collaborative organized a panel on Local Food & Sustainability for an undergraduate academic conference, PURSUIT. Representatives from the Jefferson Public Citizens farmers market research group, the UVa Community Garden, the Virginia Food Heritage Project, and the Food Collaborative spoke.

Food Collaborative Film Series: Food Fight (April) Documentary about food and the Farm Bill, with a post-film discussion by Stacy Miller (National Farmers Market Coalition) and Paul Freedman (Department of Politics). Hosted by C-ville Coffee.

Dr. Vandana Shiva (March) The Food Collaborative co-sponsored the visit of world-renowned environmental activist Vandana Shiva, part of the Brown College Visiting Environmental Writer and Scholars Lecture Series.

Food Collaborative Film Series: End of the Line (February) Documentary about the impact of overfishing on the Earth’s oceans. Post-film discussion led by Stephen Macko (Department of Environmental Sciences), Jack Cochran and Doug Dickerson (Charlottesville Community-Supported Fishery); featuring a tasting of sustainable seafood prepared by The Local.

Virginia Food Security Summit (December) More than 300 farm, food, health and environmental advocates from across the Commonwealth met in Charlottesville to plan for the future of food security in Virginia. The Food Collaborative was a co-host of this event, which helped inform the Virginia Food System Council’s Farm to Table Plan.

Virginia Film Festival (November) Co-sponsored screenings of Farmageddonand Cafeteria Man. Farmageddon featured a discussion with Joel Salatin (Polyface Farm) and Paul Freedman (Department of Politics). Cafeteria Man was followed by a post-film discussion with director, Richard Chisholm, and star, Tony Geraci.

Food Day Potluck (October) Event held at the Haven with multiple community co-sponsors. Event featured presentation and book signing by Tanya Denckla Cobb, who donated proceeds from the event’s sales of Reclaiming Our Food to the Food Collaborative.

Hill & Holler Fundraiser (October) A roving farm-to-fork dinner with a changing line-up of chefs and locations held its inaugural farm dinner to benefit the Food Collaborative. The event was held at Blenheim Vineyards with food by Richmond chef, Lee Gregory. Check out the beautiful photos!

Food Collaborative Film Series: Blue Gold (October) Documentary about water, featuring a water tasting and discussion led by Brian Richter of the Nature Conservancy.



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