At the Fork

7 p.m. Mon., February 20, 2017 at the Byron Colby Barn

atf_stills__1-745-1Join the Liberty Prairie Foundation for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, At the Fork, to learn more about America’s farmers who are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food.  Click here for online registration.

Today, most of us are far removed from the farm animals we purchase for consumption and how they’re raised.

Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife, Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for consumption.  With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib.  What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers — real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food.  Both a personal and a universal story, At the Fork opens a meaningful conversation on the business of farming animals for consumption.

Alongside John and Lisa, At the Fork features a number of experts on food, farming and animal husbandry, including: Dr. Temple Grandin (professor, Colorado State University), Wayne Pacelle (president, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States), Mark Bittman (bestselling author, former New York Times columnist) and Terry Branstad (Iowa Governor).

This showing of At the Fork is part of a nationwide, crowd-sourced effort led by the filmmakers — in partnership with Whole Foods Market and The Humane Society of the United States — to spark a national conversation on where our food comes from.

at-the-forkJoin us after the film for a thought-provoking panel discussion with:

Marc Ayers: A native of central Illinois, Marc is the Illinois State Director of the Humane Society of the U.S.  He represents the state and all animals, both wild and domestic, to combat all forms of animal cruelty.

Cliff McConville:  A self-described “late-in-life” farmer, Cliff traded his work commute to downtown Chicago with building what has become All Grass Farms, a diversified pasture farm providing the Chicago-area with organically raised 100% grass-fed beef, raw milk, free-range broiler chicken and eggs, turkeys, and woodland pork.

Mike Sands:  With over 30 years of experience in sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation and community based economic development, Mike has worked on a broad range of innovative projects around the world.   Owner of Bean Hollow Grassfed, a pasture farm of 100 Dorper ewes and 25 weaned Angus steers to demonstrate that livestock can be an effective tool to restore soil health and plant diversity.   Mike also serves as a Senior Associate to the Liberty Prairie Foundation.

Click here for online registration.  Suggested donation is $5 which will be used to support the Liberty Prairie Foundation’s work promoting sustainable farming.

The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. From I-94 north, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Barn.


“A provocative, behind-the-scenes look at the impact of our food choices.”
—Brian Wendel, Forks Over Knives president and founder

“A healthy farm feeds the earth, its animals and people. It’s all about balance. At the Fork raises these issues with heart and clarity.”
—Dave Matthews, musician

“A beautiful, caring, sensitive and surprisingly non-judgmental look at how most animals are produced in the United States.”
—Mark Bittman, bestselling author and former New York Times columnist

“If you want to make intelligent and ethical decisions and contribute to a more caring world, you’ll be very glad you saw At The Fork.”

—John Robbins, author and co-founder of the Food Revolution Network

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