Discover where your food comes from at the Chatham Capitol Theatre

Agriculture in Chatham-Kent is a $3 Billion industry with over 70 crops grown locally. Chatham-Kent is the number one producer of tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers in all of Canada. Image released by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Have you ever wondered how the food that you eat makes its way to your table? Chatham-Kent Public Library and the United Way, in partnership with Chatham-Kent Economic Development and Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce are hosting a free screening of the documentary Before the Plate at 7 p.m. on February 8th at the Chatham Capitol Theatre.

Before The Plate attempts to close the gap in perception between the urban consumer and farming in Canada. The movie features John Horne, Executive Chef of Toronto restaurant Canoe, as he follows each ingredient in his meal from farm to plate and gains a deeper appreciation of where our food comes from.

“The film’s Producer, Dylan Sher, was a guest speaker at our 72nd Annual Rural Urban Dinner and the story he shared about the documentary was inspiring,” said Gail Hundt, President and CEO of the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce. “The film has many linkages back to Chatham-Kent and it is exciting to see and learn of these.”

“It’s our goal as a library to help provide opportunities for education to the community,” said Tania Sharpe, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Librarian at the Chatham-Kent Public Library. “People are increasingly interested in where and how their food gets to them, and this film looks to provide accurate information that answers pressing questions that consumers have about their food.” 

The documentary follows various types of agriculture, including both organic and conventional practices. As part of looking at modern Canadian farm operations, there is a local connection to the movie with some of it being shot on a farm in North Kent.

“A lot has changed in farming over the past 50 years as we have seen markets open up and food distribution become a seamless industry,” said Kim Cooper, Economic Development Officer with Chatham-Kent Economic Development. “This film sheds light on how communities such as Chatham-Kent are Growing For The World.”

Everyone is invited to attend the free screening and are asked to bring a canned good donation for the local food banks. For more information about the documentary, visit their website at www.beforetheplate.com.

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