Environmental Film Series- The Seeds of Vandana Shiva
Join Bedford 2030 and the Bedford Playhouse for a screening of “The Seeds of Vandana Shiva“. The film will be followed by a discussion with an expert panel on regenerative agriculture. We will also share resources for our upcoming Healthy Yards Seed Swap.
“How did the willful daughter of a Himalayan forest guard become Monsanto’s worst nightmare? The Seeds of Vandana Shiva tells the remarkable life story of Gandhian eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she stood up to the corporate Goliaths of industrial agriculture, rose to prominence in the food justice movement, and inspired an international crusade for change.”
The film runs 1hr 22min.
Our expert panel includes:
Frederique van der Wal, Film’s Executive Producer and Model
Bram Gunther, Board of Natural Areas Conservancy and Hilltop Hanover Farm
Anne Mayhew, Owner and baker, LMNOP Bakery
Moderated by Vanessa Smith, Filmmaker
Frederique van der Wal
Frederique van der Wal took her global success in fashion and beauty and built a career in print, film, television, business, and activism. She’s appeared in the stage production of The Vagina Monologues and also on numerous TV programs, including Oprah and CNN. She has regularly worked with organizations involved in the environment and women’s empowerment. For A&E, she created and hosted HomeGrown Makeover which showcases how we can use plants and flowers to transform living spaces. Widely recognized as a skilled entrepreneur, Frederique has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and is the recipient of the Marie Claire Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Bram Gunther is former Chief of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resource for NYC Parks, co-founder and board member of the Natural Areas Conservancy, board member of Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm, and co-founder of Dirt Collective, a for-profit focused on the rewilding of lawn and yard space.
Anne Mayhew is the owner and founder of LMNOP Bakery, based in Katonah. As all LMNOP breads in their most basic form are only flour, water, sea salt and sourdough starter, the quality of flour is essential. LMNOP sources freshly milled flour from Wild Hive Farm, a small mill in Clinton Corners, NY. Wild Hive stone mills regionally grown and organic grains, to retain 100% of the germ. In 2020, Anne was awarded “Best New Bread Baker” by Westchester Magazine, and the 2021 “Best New Bread Bakery” in Westchester. Anne is a member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America, the Maine Grain Alliance, Katonah Chamber of Commerce, Slow Food NYC, on the Advisory Board of The Northeast Grainshed Alliance, and a supporter of the Eat Real Bread campaign.
Moderator: Vanessa Smith is a painter, filmmaker, and moderator who has lived and worked in India, Nepal, England, and the US. Most of her work revolves around: process; ethics; beauty; health; spirituality; and the environment. Her work can be seen at vanessahsmithpictures.com.