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In the face of economic uncertainty, more Americans are coming together for new thinking on how to reclaim our communities.
On Wednesday, July 18, join Community Markets as we host a one-night-only screening of Fixing the Future, a documentary dedicated to “the reinvention of the American economy” at the in Pelham. The films starts at 7 p.m.
After the film, the audience in Pelham will talk about creating sustainable livelihoods with area advocates who are working on the ground now. The panel will include social entrepreneur Mike Brady, CEO of Greyston Bakery; John Bell, Director of Transition Westchester; and Jon Zeltsman, President of Community Markets.
In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are using innovative, sustainable approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. From initiatives such as worker cooperatives and “time banks” to community banks and local currencies, the film features stories of solution. For Community Markets, a company that has managed farmers markets in and around the Hudson Valley for over twenty years, the film’s message falls in line with our mission to create opportunities for local food producers and consumers to build the regional food economy.
The Picture House is a beautiful, fully-restored 1921 movie theater that seats 300 people. The Picture House is located at 175 Wolfs Lane in Pelham, NY. Tickets are $9 in advance and $12 at the door. They can be purchased online HERE.
For more information about Fixing the Future, visit www.fixingthefuture.org.
About Community Markets
Since 1991, Community Markets has curated farmers markets that provide shoppers with a full range of foods from the Hudson Valley region. Our vendors are family-scale farmers and artisanal food processors who work in tandem with nature’s seasons.www.communitymarkets.biz.
About John Bell
John Bell is the founder of Transition Westchester and is currently a member of its Core team, as well as a member of Transition Ossining. He grew up in Houston, TX with the petrochemical industry in the air. Graduating from Rice University with a Ph.D. in chemistry, a yearlong post-doctoral at the University of Oxford in the UK showed him that there were alternatives to the car-centered, suburban lifestyle. He worked for nearly two decades in the chemical industry with refinery, agricultural and laundry chemicals as a research chemist. Getting a MBA before the turn of century, raised increasing uncomfortable questions about the relationship of economics to physical reality and the limits it imposes. The events of the last decade have reinforced for him the reality that the future will definitely not be a continuation of the past.www.transitionwestchester.org
About Mike Brady
President and CEO at Greyston Bakery, Brady is a forward-thinking executive, business adviser, and entrepreneur specializing in identifying and exploiting new business opportunities in high-growth and transitional industries. Michael served on the Board of Directors of the Greyston Foundation before being named President of the Bakery in January 2012. Driven by his interest to work with others making positive change in the world, he connected with Greyston after receiving a one of their brownies as a gift. Prior to joining Greyston, Michael launched the first incubator in the country dedicated to organic food production and distribution. He is a partner at BAO Food and Drink, an organic food manufacturer in New York City, and is an adviser to the American Sustainable Business Council. www.greystonbakery.com; baofoodanddrink.com
About Jon Zeltsman
Jon Zeltsman sees business as a force for change, noting: “Unless we build sustainable businesses, the changes we’re working towards won’t be sustainable.” An instinctive entrepreneur, he began his first company, Zeltsman Woodworking and Design, in 1974 and managed it for 18 years. Taking from his experience as both a designer and business owner, he went on to start a consulting firm for small manufacturing companies. His consulting projects included the opportunity to advise a group of displaced employees from the Ethan Allen company to start their own worker-owned furniture business in Vermont. During this time, he also grew his involvement with Community Markets, a farmers market management company founded in 1991 by his wife, Miriam Haas. His interest in food led him to complete a culinary certificate at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC, a proven enhancement to his daily work with regional farmers and food producers. Today, he is president of Community Markets and oversees the company’s financial operations and business development.www.communitymarkets.biz