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Encinitas Film Screening: of “Dreaming of a Vetter World” Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 pm

Join us in the garden for a movie screening of the documentary "Dreaming of a Vetter World"

Encinitas Film Screening: of “Dreaming of a Vetter World”
Event Type

Film screening


2 hrs


All ages


Free, suggested donation $10


441 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
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Please park across the street at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum at the Heritage Ranch.

What to Bring:
Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for being in the outdoors.

Bring blankets and low back chairs for your comfort! There will be small snacks and popcorn provided, but you are welcome to bring a picnic if you would like more food. Please remember that we aspire to zero waste, if you bring a picnic, please refrain from using any single-use products.

We will be taking pictures and possibly video to use on our website, social and other educational media, and by registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.

The Ecology Center, Dr. Bronner’s and Guayaki have teamed up to bring you a special screening of Dreaming of a Vetter World, documentary directed by Bonnie Hawthorne.

Dreaming of a Vetter World comes at a time when interest in farming organically and regenerating soil has exploded worldwide. Others are realizing what the Vetters have known for decades: eating food grown with pesticides is bad for us; and soil is key to our very survival. That’s why, on the Vetter farm, their most important “crop” is the soil.

With camera and camper in tow, Director Bonnie Hawthorne leaves her urban California comforts in the rearview mirror to learn from the Vetters about what’s really going on in the corn belt. Her debut feature-length documentary shares the struggles the Vetters face as “Big Ag”–chemical agriculture–encroaches. Informative yet entertaining, the film features the self-sustaining, self-renewing farm-management experiment Donald and David Vetter created back in the 1970s. As the Vetters try to stay one step ahead of changing weather patterns, market fluctuations and the ever-increasing pesticide use around them, their experiment to regenerate soil through organic methods continues. With both historical context and an eye to the future, Dreaming of a Vetter World shows it’s possible to jump off the pesticide treadmill. It’s also a story about love, hope, family, and place; an inspiring example of perseverance and doing what you know is right–against all odds.

Join us on Wednesday, July 16th at 7:00 PM, at EUSD FARM LAB in Encinitas for a Farm tour and reception. The film screening will begin at 7:450 PM. Enjoy a Dr. Bronner’s sample, popcorn,  and a special screening of a Guayaki short film before the main screening. This event is free to attend, please bring a low-back chair or a blanket, feel free to bring a picnic but leave the single-use plastics at home.

7:00 pm – Doors open
7:30 pm – Intro and back story to film & Q+A with Director, Bonnie Hawthorne
7:45/8:00 pm -Film screening begins

This event is free to attend, however, the suggested donation is $10. Let us know you’re coming – RSVP!

Film trailer


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