Be An Educator

“Fair Food: Field to Table” is freely available for you to watch and share with others.  Here are some suggestions for ways to use this documentary. 

Download the “Fair Food: Field to Table” Educators’ Toolkit for suggestions on how to use this documentary as a teaching tool. The Educators’ Toolkit includes a discussion guide and further resources.

Ways to use “Fair Food: Field to Table”

  • Share with your club, community group, church group, or even with your family as a way of raising awareness and sparking a discussion on social justice in the food system.
  • Show it in class. If you are a student, ask a professor teaching a class related to the topic if you can show it in class.  If you are a teacher, hold a class session on fair trade, food systems, or sustainability, and show it as part of that class.
  • Use as part of a fundraiser for a local cause related to farmworkers, food security, or sustainable food systems.

When planning a presentation…

  • Tie it in with other events, such as “Local Food Week,” Thanksgiving, or Labor Day.  If your organization or another group has an annual event related to food, social justice, sustainable agriculture, or labor, incorporate a screening of “Fair Food: Field to Table” as part of the event.
  • Invite a local farmer and workers from a local farm with good labor practices to be part of your screening (talk to them ahead of time to make sure their farm is a good fit).  Have some questions prepared to get the conversation rolling after the film.  You may want to arrange to have a translator if your guests are more comfortable speaking in Spanish.
  • Advertise before the event! Flyers, emails, local newspaper—make sure people know your event is happening. 

At the presentation…

  • Be prepared. Make sure you have your space reserved, a projector set up,  speakers for the audio, adequate seating, snacks, and so on.  If you’re well organized things will go more smoothly.  Have other information such as fact sheets on hand for people who are interested.
  • Be informed. Do some reading on the issues—immigration, U.S. agriculture, and domestic fair trade—and be prepared to answer questions. Print up a few of the fact sheets (in the Resources section of this document) to have on hand.
  • Encourage discussion.  Make sure to provide a format for people to share ideas and brainstorm strategies for action. Include extra time after the movie for people to talk about it.  Don’t feel that you have to answer every question as the host—you can turn the questions back to the audience for a discussion.