Speaker 1: We’re at the Green Feast at the
ecology center in San Juan, Capistrano. This is a wonderful event that goes on every year.
They bring local food with some of the best chefs around to really prepare a delightful,
wonderful culinary experience with food that’s grown within 100 miles of this location. So,
it’s something we’re really proud to be a part of.
The ecology center is doing some great work out here in Southern California. They’re
teaching people about plants and gardening and organic farming. They’re allowing people
to figure out how they can fit this into their lives and eventually bring more organic produce
and be able to do what they’re doing here at home or be able to work with some of these
principles at home. Let’s go around and talk to some of these people.
Male: [What a dish camping figuring 00:01:13] We’re down at the Dana Port Harbor which
is just down the street. We all offer organic farm table fresh cuisine.
Male: Wow. Female: How are you?
Male: That’s amazing. Child: Here’s a bean. Here’s a bean.
Female: Absolutely, absolutely. Male: Tastes as good as it looks. What I love
about this place is that they teach us how to find a relationship with farming and gardening.
That’s artichoke over here. That’s some medicinal sage over there. Everything along
these corridors is to teach people what you can grow and how you can sustainably do the
things that they do here at home and in your environment. Everywhere around us is an example,
is a classroom, for what is really working in this community farm and what could be working
in our own backyards. Male: This is our fourth annual Green Feast.
It’s a celebration of local food. Every piece, every ingredient, every chef is sourced
food within 200 miles. We’ve teamed up with celebrated chefs throughout the county. There’s
about 20 of them this year. We’ve paired them with our best and favorite organic farmers,
ranchers, fishermen, winemakers, cheese makers, etc. and really have a celebration of what
it means to pull food out of the fields, out of the ocean, and celebrate what that means
everyday whereas we often eat and take it for granted. Here we come together and say,
“Hey. There’s our food shed. These people are who sustain us, sustain our environment,
day-in and day-out. Let’s give thanks.” The ecology center is a regional hub for sustainability.
What that means is we like to inspire. We like to share skills and we like to build
communities through workshops, through special programming like the Green Feast that brings
people together to celebrate what it means to live.
Local food, grown with integrity, it’s healthy. It’s organic. It’s clean. It’s the only
food for us. You think about what that means to our economic systems, what that means to
a healthy community. That’s what closes the cycle. It’s the literacy of understanding
where our foods come from. If we start importing food at 1600 miles away,
which is the average plate, and we think that’s okay, we probably need to shift our priorities
and understand that food, livelihood and health all depend back to where we live. Food is
just like many other pieces of the puzzle, but food is so tangible. It’s so easy to
connect with local chefs and farmers, fishermen, etc. and say, “This is where I’m from.
This is my earth and this is the community that I want to support. So, I support local
food.” We hope that the 250 guests that are joining
us tonight take local food back home with them which means that Green Feast happens
every day of the year. We come together and we celebrate once a year. Then we go off and
we do our thing. Hopefully, people come back next week and get inspired by the gardening
workshop or rain barrel workshop or any of these pieces of the skills-building puzzle
that we offer at the ecology center. Really, it’s the beginning of a movement and it’s
the beginning of a step saying, “We care and we’re going to do something about it.”
This is our moment to celebrate that and here for next year, we go off and do that.
Male: (music) Well, we go down to the bell. Keep your money in your shoe because when
in the bell until you see them deep elem blues. Oh sweet mama, daddy got them deep elem blues.
When that heart beat, mama, daddy got them deep elem blues. Well, I once knew a preacher,
preached the Bible through and through. He went down to the bell and now his preaching
days are through. Oh, sweet mama, daddy got them deep elem blues.