Grow Benzie Potluck: True Cost

Grow Benzie Winter Potluck, Topic: Textile & Fiber Industry in Northern MI

WHAT?
Grow Benzie hosts bi-monthly dinner and potluck discussions through the winter, typically on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. This evening will be a potluck and discussion, followed by the movie “True Cost” – a documentary about the real price of fast fashion.
Can Northern Michigan support a full-loop textile system and become an economically viable industry that uses local sources? Can natural dye-plant growers, small farmers raising fiber from sheep, alpaca, yak, llama and goat, and small business owners, processors, and existing networks that support the different segments in the system sustain a full-loop textile system?  Through discussion can we find the gaps that are current impediments to achieving 100% locally made products?
True Cost, the movie, is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Preceding the screening will be a panel discussion with people in the textile loop, including:
Liz Neddo: Owner of Wool and Honey, yarn purveyor and educator
Amy Tyler: Fiber artist, teacher & owner of Stone Sock Fibers
Chris Nelson: Owner Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm, Benzonia
Learn more about the film: http://truecostmovie.com/
Learn more about individual venue screenings: crosshatch.org/events
WHEN?
Tuesday, February 28th, 6pm
WHO?
All ages welcome.
HOW MUCH?
$3-5 suggested donation, however no one will be turned away.
WHERE?
Grow Benzie Event Center
5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115), Benzonia, 49616
1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia
Questions: 231-882-9510
WEATHER OR NOT?
If Benzie County Central Schools are closed, the event will be cancelled.
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