About the Film
Part of the Slow Food Park City Food and Film Weekend. Beer and wine available for sale.
Pre-film bake sale and picnic with local vendors.
Post-film Q&A on local foods with Barbara Pioli, Wasatch Food Cooperative and Lynsey Gammon, Summit Community .
This feature-length documentary film focuses on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The movie tells the story of the cooperative movement in the U.S. through interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by the filmmaker and social historians. This is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. Additionally, the film shows how the co-op movement strengthens communities where they are located, enhancing local economies and food security. The goal is to educate a wide national audience about the principles of cooperation with a focus on food.
Barbara Pioli lives in Salt Lake City. She is vice chair of Wasatch Cooperative Market’s board of directors. Food and culture are two elements that bring her tremendous satisfaction. As she has traveled the world, she gains insights into other cultures from sampling native dishes such as German cheesecake and sushi at the famous fish market in Tokyo, Japan. Whether traveling the world or picking vegetables from her own backyard garden, she recognizes what delicious food has in common – fresh, locally-grown ingredients. Barbara comes from a line of farmers and merchants. As a WCM Board member, she shares this passion for tasty, healthy food while contributing her organizational skills. Barbara was the founding director of Art Access/VSA Utah, development director of the Utah Humanities Council for 11 years, and currently runs her own nonprofit consulting business.
Lynsey started gardening from an early age with her father and grandmother. in the Lake Tahoe Basin The climate, being similar to that of Park City, made gardening a challenge. But Lynsey quickly learned the appropriate crop selection process, and had lots of success as a young and burgeoning gardener. Lynsey holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Women’s Health, but she truly found her calling when she began gardening again as an adult. While living in Salt Lake City, Lynsey had an incredibly successful garden from which she began to sell produce to her community of friends, family, and neighbors. This one garden turned into three, as she took over spaces in friends’ yards. She began taking courses in Horticulture and received her Master Gardener’s certificate, while also volunteering at Wasatch Community Gardens. Lynsey now lives in Park City with her family and is currently the Garden Manager of Summit Community Gardens and is also in the process of starting her own small scale farm in Silver Creek that will be a CSA model.