12th Amazing Earthfest to award KHS student scholarships

Published in the Sounthern Utah News, May 2, 2018

A panel of Kanab High School seniors selected through an essay contest will discuss themes from the award-winning documentary film, Growing Cities, during the 12th annual Amazing Earthfest. The public is invited to attend. Topics covered in the film include individual and community resilience, local self reliance, traditional self-sufficiency, small-scale farm cooperatives and urban gardening.

Oral presentations before a panel of judges from the community will help determine which students receive scholarships funded by Amazing Earthfest. Donors include U of U Professor Joe Andrade (retired) and his wife Barbara of Salt Lake City, and Kanab area restaurant owners. Winners will be announced at the 2018 KHS Senior Awards Banquet.

Local production of fresh vegetables, meats and fruit could provide farm to table sourcing for area restaurants and the Kanab Farmer’s Market while increasing health and nutrition with organic methods using compost from recycled food waste to build soil fertility.

Under the direction of KHS Guidance Counselor Chad Castagno, teachers screened the film in class to several groups of seniors interested in competing for one of three scholarships to be awarded for the best essays and oral presentations expressing topics covered in the film.

The competition is an outgrowth of a series of seven free community discussions sponsored by Amazing Earthfest in 2017/18, and held at the Kane County Water Conservancy building entitled, “Think Resilience”. The course material consisted of 22 short videos focused on the many aspects of understanding and developing individual and community resilience, produced by the Post Carbon Institute in San Francisco, CA.

From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. The innovations of intrepid urban farmers are challenging the way America grows and distributes its food, inviting us to re-imagine our relationships to it. What does the next generation of Kanab High School seniors think? Come to the 12th Amazing Earthfest event titled, “Locally Grown Food: Students Explore Self-Reliance thru Urban Gardening”, Monday, May 14, from 10 to 11 am in the Kanab High School Band Room. For info and details, visit www.AmazingEarthfest.com/events.

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