The Belfast Co-op, Belfast Free Library and Maine Farmland Trust will host a free screening of “Ingredients,” a 2009 documentary, Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

“Ingredients” explores how farmers, ranchers, chefs and consumers are cooperating to create more sustainable food systems and to revitalize the connection between food, our local communities and our health. A panel discussion will follow the 67-minute film.

The film takes viewers across the United States, from the urban food deserts of Harlem to the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valleys and to the kitchens of celebrated chefs Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman and Greg Higgins. Discovering better flavor and nutrition, it offers a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities.

“Ingredients” features Gary Paul Nabhan, Joan Dye Gussow and many other farmers, cooks and vintners who have contributed their stories. Rather than focusing on what is wrong with our food system, “Ingredients” celebrates the success stories of sustainable agriculture, and shows how alliances between farmers and chefs and between community members, CSAs and those who grow their food can yield a range of benefits.

For more information, contact Brenda Harrington at the Belfast Free Library, 338-3884, ext. 30.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to