7 p.m. Wed., January 11, 2017 at the Byron Colby Barn

martyJoin the Liberty Prairie Foundation for a screening of the award-winning film, Sustainable, to learn more about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. Click here online registration.

America is currently grappling with economic and environmental instability of our food system due to many agricultural issues – soil loss, water depletion, climate change and pesticide use, as well as the need for profitability and lack of consumer education.

Sustainable is a documentary film that weaves together expert analysis of America’s food system with a powerful narrative of one extraordinary farmer who is determined to create a sustainable future for his community. In a region dominated by commodity crops, Marty Travis, a seventh generation farmer in central Illinois, has managed to create and maintain a farming model that is both economically viable and environmentally safe, creating a proud legacy for his son and pioneering the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

sustainable_2Join us after the film for a though-provoking panel discussion with:

Marty Travis: The focus of Sustainable and owner of Spence Farm, the oldest family farm in Livingston County, Illinois.  Today he, his wife and son work full-time on their 160-acre biodiverse farm growing a large variety of ancient grains, heirloom fruits and vegetables and raising a number of heritage breed livestock.

Matt Wechsler: An award winning filmmaker from Chicago and the founder of Hourglass Films. He is the creative director of Sustainable and has completed several additional films including the 2012 New York Emmy-nominated documentary, Different is the New Normal, aired nationally on PBS and narrated by Michael J. Fox, Grannies on Safari: The Colors of Cuba and his short film, Pacciu!

Jeff Miller:  Farmer and owner of Prairie Wind Family Farm, resident farm within Prairie Crossing.  Prairie Wind is a family farm growing a wide variety of certified organic vegetables, hens on pasture for eggs and fresh fruit for a CSA program and farmers market.  Jeff farms with wife, Jen, and their young sons Owen (11) and Gavin (8).

Click here 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.