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Farms, Food & Health: Cultivating Community Resilience

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March 14
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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City Opera House
106 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49684 United States
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Reserve the evening of March 14 to join an important conversation about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how we can improve the emotional and physical resilience of people in our community and in our families. The free event, Farms, Food & Health: Cultivating Community Resilience, is convened by Groundwork, and will be valuable, even essential, to a broad spectrum of people: from those looking to improve their own or a loved one’s physical or mental health to teachers and health care professionals working to improve their skills and insights.

The evening will feature a nationally renowned documentary film and discussion that explores how Adverse Childhood Experiences harm our lifelong health, and how we can reduce those effects by building community and personal life skills through the local food we bring into our homes and put into our bodies.

The film, titled Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, considers new and compelling research on the long-term impacts of stressors many people face in childhood—such as physical or mental abuse, hunger, rejection, family alcoholism and more—and the great potential for recovery.

The evening’s discussion will begin with a panel of specialists from the health and food system—a pediatrician, a farmer, a school psychologist, specialists in food and community health—who will add depth, local perspective and actionable resources to the messages of the film.

Moderator for the evening, Groundwork’s Food & Farming Program Director Meghan McDermott, will facilitate questions, answers and conversation with attendees.

The event, at the City Opera House, is free, but Groundwork is encouraging people to reserve tickets to ensure a seat. Check Groundwork’s Facebook Events page for complete details, including panelists and ticket info.

Event Schedule:

4:30 p.m.
Doors open, Pre-Screening Reception & Community Health Expo
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Documentary Screening
7–8 p.m.
Panel Discussion
8 p.m.
Post-Program Networking & Community Health Expo