Maui Farmers Union United and Upcountry Sustainability are launching a free movie night at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pukalani Community Center's pool room annex (adjacent to the pool area, across the street from Foodland).
Several times a year, the two groups plan to offer films and/or videos about important issues.
Wednesday's short films are on the challenges to a diversified, stable seed source and what can be done.
"Seeds of Freedom," narrated by Jeremy Irons, charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity-rich farming systems around the world to today's highly industrialized agricultural system.
"Why We're Storing Billions of Seeds" is a short film that describes the process of collecting and safely storing seeds on a worldwide scale. It is from a TED talk by Jonathan Drori.
"Planting a Future: Agroecological Alternatives of the Nuu Saavi People" is a film that depicts how an indigenous society in South America reclaimed traditional seed saving and planting techniques.
There will also be a seed exchange to build the health of seed diversity on Maui. Participants are invited to bring successful seed varieties and envelopes for seeds. Include successful growing instructions, variety name and contact information.
Potluck desserts are welcome. Participants should bring a plate and cup for desserts and tea to this trash-free event. For additional information, call 573-9260.