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“At the Fork” turns unbiased, compassionate lens on how animals are raised for food

If there’s just one message viewers can take from At the Fork it is that they have a choice. They have a choice in what they eat, and a choice in what kind of agriculture to support. As this month’s Salem Progressive Film Series selection, At the Fork gives a frank, but a fair and compassionate look at how farm animals are raised for human consumption. Viewers accompany omnivore John Papola, and his vegetarian wife Lisa as they set out across America to learn how pigs, cattle, and chickens live before they make their way to our plates. They...

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Report from Salem Tree City

Photo above: City of Salem tree crews crush roots, remove tons of irreplaceable biomatter from Englewood Park, May 23, 2017   When arborist Brian French visited Salem to present a workshop on tree care at the Englewood Forest Festival in July, he saw something that dismayed him. In the weeks prior, City of Salem tree crews had passed through Englewood Park, where the festival was held, and to provide public safety, had pruned every piece of dead wood on the Oregon white oak and Douglas fir in the park. The city says it took the measure to protect the crowd...

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Two theatres look at love

Its fall again, with colder, shorter days and the kick-off of crisp and sparkling new seasons from Salem’s dozen live theatres. Personnel at two important entities, Pentacle Theatre and The Verona Studio, have been engaged for months, doing the absorbing work of designing rich offerings to captivate audiences in 2017 – 2018. Live theatre is unique among the arts, says Pentacle Theatre’s Executive Director Lisa Joyce, because “no two performances are alike. The audience joins the actors and the crew for shared and unique experience, breathing the same air.” She cites research showing that live theater affects audiences more...

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Being the change they want to see

Five partners attempting a business both revolutionary and elementary; a for-profit pay-what-you-want (PWYW) restaurant in downtown Salem to offer locally-sourced, multi-cultural cuisine, say they are confidently pushing forward despite an investor’s withdrawal and a struggling online fundraising campaign. “We believe we have a bullet-proof business and sustainment plan,” says Michele Darr, board member of Food for Thought Café and Infoshop, as the Salem restaurant will be known. Darr says the team, which includes an accountant with 20 years experience as well as her own experience with a successful PWYW company and owning and operating an international fusion restaurant in...

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Salem Harvest

Local non-profit Salem Harvest held its annual Garden Party fundraiser on Sept. 10. The event was hosted by Bill & Julie Walters in the historic Fairmount district of Salem and sponsored by Dewey Whitton of The Salem Real Estate Group. Salem Harvest connects farmers and backyard growers with volunteer pickers to feed hungry families by harvesting fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. The group’s principal purpose is the distribution of food without charge to children or homeless, unemployed, elderly, or low-income individuals. Founded in 2010, Salem Harvest has donated more than a million pounds of fresh,...

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