Films for foodies discuss eating and buying locally

Caitlin Yoshiko Buysse | 5/25/2010, 7:32 p.m.

“What is the relationship between what comes from the seed and what comes from the bullet?” the film mused. “One gives life, one takes it away. One builds hope, one silences it … So many bullets taking lives ... and not enough seeds being planted.”

Urging the community to “put down guns” and instead “pick up shovels,” the film explained that urban farming is an effective way to not only reclaim green space in cities — but to give youth meaningful work and keep them off the streets.

The beautifully written film grew out of the work of the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), a Roxbury- and Jamaica Plain-based organization devoted to stopping youth violence. Students involved in the HSTF’s food and digital literacy programs spent six months learning about food justice, and another six months learning to use film equipment, which culminated in co-writing and co-producing “Planting for Peace.”

Following each presentation, the crowd engaged the filmmakers in a lively dialogue about their ideas and possible ways to move forward.

But the evening wasn’t simply for talking about local food — it was for tasting it as well.

The accompanying “Local Farm Feast” featured produce from Allandale Farm in Brookline — pizza topped with kale, leeks, garlic and spinach, a side of mesclun salad and rhubarb upside-down cake for dessert.

Travelling less than five miles from farm to fork, the meal burst with flavor, particularly the rhubarb, whose sweetness was exquisite.