Los Angeles

“Sustainable Sundays” at the Natural History Museum

sustainablesundays.jpgThe Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is offering a special program, Different Shades of Green, as part of its Sustainable Sundays program.

At 11:00am, Jules Dervaes will screen Homegrown Revolution, a short video documentary about Path to Freedom, his family’s urban homestead in Pasadena and their journey toward a sustainable and self-sufficient life in the city. The Dervaes family is living a protest against the corporate powers that control the food supply by growing 6,000 pounds of produce a year on 1/5 of an acre.

At 12:30pm, “eco-chef” Aaron French will present “Eating Greener: The Ecology of Food and Why It Matters,” a 40-minute lecture, 20-minute cooking demonstration, and a 15-minute Q&A session. It will offer participants an integrated framework for our food systems and provide context for current buzzwords such as “local,” “organic,” and “sustainable.” Participants will learn steps each person can take to foster and promote sustainability in their local food region. Chef French holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Ecology, is the chef of The Sunnyside Cafe in Albany, California, writes the EcoChef column found in ten Bay Area New Group newspapers, and was a participant in Slow Food Nation, both as a contributor to the Slow Food Nation blog and as host of a Slow Breakfast at The Sunnyside Cafe.

Conservation International’s Jen Morris will also present information about investing in global pro-conservation, small- and medium-sized businesses at 2:30pm.

When: Sunday, November 9, 2008, beginning at 11:00am
Where: The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard in Exposition Park, Los Angeles (across from USC between Vermont and Figueroa)
Cost: Tickets are $9.00 for adults and $2.00 for children (5-12) and can be purchased at the door.