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The United States debut of “Saving the Seed “

This Thursday night I was once again impressed by the caliber of UNC students, and the intimate connections we have with our surrounding town and global community. But enough about my love for UNC, this night was about Saving the Seed, a documentary filmed, edited, and produced by a collaboration between two UNC students, Scott Turner and Claire Kane Boychuk, and a Honduran based food security organization called the Foundation for Participatory Research with Honduran Farmers (FIPAH). These students were connected with FIPAH through the Chapel Hill based Nourish International (Nourish), which connects students on a national level with non-profits on a global level to fund community development projects.

For the “United States debut,” Saving the Seed was screened at Chapel Hill’s favorite small theater, The Varsity. In attendance were students from UNC’s Nourish chapter, community members, and people like myself and fellow friend Mariah Keller, who find learning about community development in terms of sustainable agriculture projects extremely interesting.

The team, Turner and Boychuk, filmed over 50 hours in their two months in Honduras. Their incredibly candid interviews were made possible by the fact that they were both fluent in Spanish, which is now a criteria for going on the trip. UNC students have been working with FIPAH for the past three summers- living in homestays, engaging with community members, and learning about the role of sustainable development within Honduras. Organizations like Nourish, who connect students with community-based non-profits like FIPAH are critical for making sustainable connections the globe around.

Laura Stephenson is an environmental science major at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, focusing in environmental and community health.

Posted on: April 29, 2010, 9:00 am Category: Sustainability and Education, The Life of an Environmental Studies Student Tagged with: , ,

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