The Need to Grow

In a race against the end of farmable soil, three individuals fight for change in the industry of agricultural food production, calling for a revolution.

Virtual Film & Post Screening Conversation

December 10th, 2020, 7:30PM


with hand-selected, locally sourced products from Pennyroyal Café & Provisions! Upgrade your General Admission ticket to Deluxe and enjoy an At-Home Provision Package. See below for more info.

“The Need to GROW” delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth. This film explores both the opportunities, and the struggles, of challenging the status quo with real world solutions.

The inspiring stories are supported by featured experts Dr. Vandana Shiva (Physicist and Agroecologist), Paul Stamets (world-renowned Mycologist), David King (Master Gardener and founder of SLOLA), Douglas Gayeton (founder of Lexicon of Food), Jeffrey Smith (author of Seeds of Deception), Kathy Kellogg Johnson (composting expert), and Permaculture Guru Larry Santoyo.

The SCA is finding new and innovative ways to engage our community! At this time, we are pleased to offer an at-home screening of the highly acclaimed documentary, The Need to Grow. After viewing, please join us for an exclusive post-screening Q&A session on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30-8:30 PM EST with co-director, Rob Herring, in conversation with local farm-to-table restaurateurs, Melissa Corey and Ryan Beck of Pennyroyal Cafe and Provisions facilitated by Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ Executive Director, Kristin Armstrong. After purchasing your ticket, you will be sent a link to a registration portal for the film. Once you’re ready to view, enter your email address which will unlock a (4) day screening window.

Forget the popcorn, we have an indulgent treat for you! Upgrade your film ticket to include a Provision Package from Pennyroyal Café & Provisions! Inspired by one of the film’s biggest, little stars, Alicia Serratos of Girl Scout Troop #2793, our friends at Pennyroyal Cafe have curated an assortment of small-batch, organic cookies inspired by classic flavors such as Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs. The half-dozen package can be added to your General Admission ticket for $20. At this time, Provision Packages are unavailable for shipping.

Between December 10th and 11th, ticket holders may pick up their pre-ordered Provision Packages from Pennyroyal Café & Provisions (3319 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck, MI 49453) by showing their confirmation email between normal business hours.

Discussant Bios:

Kristin Armstrong, Executive Director, Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Rob Herring, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer
Rob Herring is an environmental filmmaker and musical activist. He Directed/Produced/Wrote The Need To GROW, winner of multiple Best Documentary awards and seen in 175 countries around the world. Rob also recently produced and shot InterReflections, the follow up to the world-famous Zeitgeist Trilogy. As a musician, he writes songs for health and eco-activism, and headlined the Rock For Nature concert in Berlin for 25,000 people. He is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach and the co-founder of Integrative Pediatrics.

Melissa Corey, Executive Chef, Pennyroyal Café & Provisions
Missy was named one of Chicago’s top female chefs in 2015 by Thrillist and was featured in the annual People Issue of the Chicago Reader in 2014. Having worked for 3 James Beard award-winning chefs between Maine and Chicago, her cooking focuses on using seasonal produce and classic technique.

James Beard Award winners Sam Hayward (Fore Street) and Rob Evans (Hugo’s/Duckfat) taught Missy the value of product and how to work with farmers. Evans was a defining mentor for her and eventually pushed her to go on the Food Network show “Chopped,” where Missy competed and won.

After the competition, Missy returned to her hometown of Chicago and landed at Publican Quality Meats. While there, she worked as a butcher and eventually took over as Chef de Cuisine. Working closely with Executive chef Paul Kahan, Missy continued to explore inventive seasonal cuisine and whole animal butchery. She hopes to train future eaters how to cook with the fruitful abundance that Southwest Michigan offers.

Ryan Beck, Farmer and Garden Designer, Pennyroyal Café & Provisions
Ryan is a farmer with 17 years of diverse garden experience. His past work includes arboretum and plant research at UC Santa Cruz and UI Chicago, urban and rural farm management, and professional garden installation work.

​Ryan has served at Chicago’s premier garden nurseries and landscaping groups. He also started an urban farm for the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, an iconic Chicago institution with a history of advocating for food justice/hunger issues.

​Ryan combines his passion for native plants, knowledge of intensive vegetable farming and eye for landscape design to create memorable spaces, edible gardens and healthy orchards. He hopes to further promote sustainability and education on herbaceous and edible plants.

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