Tuesday March 27, 2012 | 10:42 AM
Posted by Maine a la Carte

SPACE Gallery has just announced the line-up for this year's Food + Farm series. Now in its fifth year, the popular series of events runs from April 19-22 at various locations in Portland. This year foodies will enjoy screenings of "Locavore" and "The Harvest/La Cosecha," a hands-on gardeing fair, a chance to ready an urban farm for spring and a talk by Daniel Klein (who's pictured above) of The Perennial Plate.

The brainchild of Jon Courtney, Food + Farm explores issues related to the growing consumer desire for sustainable food. In past years, the event, which started out as a film festival, has screened "Food, Inc" and "King Corn" and brought in speakers that include Bryant Terry and Eliot Coleman, among many others. And as an added cherry on top of this sustainable sundae, all the events are free.

Here are the details of Food + Farm 2012:

7:30 p.m., April 19
Portland Food Co-op, 56 Hampshire St., Portland
This documentary profiles recent pioneers of the eat local movement, while examining how far most food travels from farm to plate and the processing steps that leach it of most of its nutrition.

"The Harvest/La Cosecha"
7:30 p.m., April 20
SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland
Chronicling the plight of American children who work as migrant farm workers, this documentary explores the reality of how American food is harvested. The film follows three children - among the more than 400,000 who give up school and work as migrant farm workers each year - as they work in the onion fields of Texas, the apple orchards of Michigan and the tomato fields of Florida.

Food + Farm Grow Fair
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 21
SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland
Admission free, some activities require a small fee
Adults and kids will find hands-on activities related to growing your own food. Maine Master Gardeners will offer 20-minute consultations, and the Urban Farm Fermentory will offer workshops on organic gardening at home and how to make kombucha.

The Perennial Plate talk by Daniel Klein
7:30 p.m., April 21
SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland
For two years, chef and activist Daniel Klein has been producing short films with Mirra Fine related to socially responsible and adventurous eating. The first season of films explored local food in Minnesota, and the current season chronicles the Real Food Road Trip the pair have been on since May 2011. Klein will play some of his favorite episodes and share stories from the road.

Cultivating Community Wake Up the Farm Party
9 a.m. to noon, April 22
Boyd Street Urban Farm, corner of Cumberland Avenue and Franklin Street, Portland
Celebrate Earth Day by helping the nonprofit Cultivating Community ready its urban farm for the season. The organization will organize activities for all skill levels and age groups.

-Avery Yale Kamila


About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or mgoad@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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