Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 – 7:00 pm, $8.00

Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion.

Additional support for this month film provided by Community Loan Fundof the Capital Region


Something special is happening in the Hudson River region. Sustainability entrepreneurs of all stripes are infusing this place with a new meaning through actions as diverse as closing streets to traffic, constructing rooftop gardens thirty-five floors above the sidewalk, raising chickens and microgreens in the heart of New York State’s capital, and creating a small army of citizen scientists.

In the process, these disconnected but committed folks are resuscitating the land and changing the people-place nexus, with the shared goal of remaking one of the nation’s oldest industrial centers into one of its most lasting, livable landscapes.

Based on the book Creating Sustainable Communities, these are the stories of creative, courageous people and their accomplishments–stories that inform and inspire. Between Manhattan and Mt. Marcy, New York’s highest peak, farmers like Paul Arnold reconnect with the land and their customers in new ways. Marirose Blum Bump, the Red Hook town supervisor, leads the effort to stave-off rampant development. Community activists in Harlem, led by Peggy Shepard, successfully combat multiple assaults on their neighborhood. Ecovative, a corporation created by a couple of engineering students who take a radically different approach to business, makes compostable packing material out of fungi. And environmental advocates preserve scenic treasures at the very heart of where the modern environmental movement was jumpstarted in the 1960s.

This upbeat view of sustainability from the front lines portrays positive, hard-won social change in one of America’s most historic regions. Other areas may claim greater sustainability caché, but few places of comparable size can match the accomplishments found in this place.

This evenings musical performer


Jack Empie began playing guitar spontaneously on a Christmas Day when he discovered a guitar (intended for his younger brother) under the tree. Jack went on to study music at Berkley College and Towson University. His diverse range makes it difficult to place his music in a particular genre but his personal voice is discernible to even an unsophisticated listener. Jack has worked as a professional musician in bands and as a solo performer since he was a teenager. His passion for music is infectious because of his joy in sharing and relating it others. He is presently working to release a new CD and continues to perform at various local venues.