Free range grass fed beef burgers, cold craft beer, Jack Johnson and an amazing cause -- what’s not to love? FarmFolk CityFolk and Fraser Riverkeeper, two Vancouver-based non-profits hand-picked by Jack Johnson’s All At Once Social Action Network, recently teamed up for a public screening of The Smog of the Sea. The documentary is directed by Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn, The City Dark, The Search for General Tso).
The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.
“As someone who loves and lives in the ocean, I couldn’t be more excited to have participated in 5 Gyres’ SEA Change Expedition” Jack Johnson said. “I look forward to raising awareness of the importance of reducing our dependency on single-use plastics.” Singer-songwriter, surfer, and long-time ocean lover Jack Johnson has been affecting ocean health worldwide by supporting plastic-free initiatives through his social action network All At Once and his Johnson Ohana Foundation.
Over 200 Jack Johnson fans joined us for a lively and engaging night, hosted by Patagonia Vancouver. Patagonia Vancouver generously donated stainless steel mugs for everyone that attended.
For a small suggested donation, MeatMe and Persephone Brewing provided the public with free range pasture raised beef burgers and craft beer. Every dollar raised from this event is matched by Jack Johnson’s All at Once campaign, benefiting FarmFolk CityFolk and Fraser Riverkeeper.
Top Chef Canada's Trevor Bird generously volunteered his time to cook up burgers for hungry event-goers. Thank you, Trevor!
Fraser Riverkeeper and FarmFolk CityFolk are extremely proud to be a continuing partner of All At Once since the launch of this initiative in 2008”, said Charly Caproff, Water Literacy Coordinator for Fraser Riverkeeper and Nicholas Scapillati Executive Director of FarmFolk CityFolk.
We'd like to give special thanks to FarmFolk CityFolk for spear-heading this event and making it a huge success. FarmFolk CityFolk is 'working to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. [Their] projects provide access to and protection of farmland; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food.'
Join them at their upcoming event, Feast of Fields, on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Ravenhill Herb Farm.
"Building a sustainable food system means more than supporting local food and agriculture. It also means reducing food, packaging and serving waste --especially single use plastics” Nicholas Scapillati, FarmFolk CityFolk
“We’re passionate about reconnecting the public with their local waterways through engaging and inspiring campaigns. Our vision is for a swimmable Vancouver where people can safely recreate at False Creek and other urban waterways -- that comes with collaboration and public involvement.” Charly Caproff, Fraser Riverkeeper
Both FarmFolk CityFolk and Fraser Riverkeeper will be on-site for the Jack Johnson concert July 23rd at Deer Lake Park. Come join us for a lively night of music and support your favourite local non-profits.
Image courtesy Jessica Scheeter, Jack Johnson Tour Non-Profit Coordinator.