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The Dinner Movie

This five minute preview will give you a small taste of what’s included in the full length documentary.  You can obtain a copy of the documentary by visiting our BUY THE VIDEO page.

Allen Heirloom Homestead is built around the food allergies of it’s owner, Frank Allen, so many of the foods that are grown there are for that purpose.  A sustainable farm can be as sustainable as you choose.  The more you do, the more you and the environment benefit. The music scores (by permission) are

  • “Pray for Rain” by Joseph Norris
  • “Beautiful Smile” by NIghtsong Productions
  • “Tinkers Lullaby” by Joseph Norris

Below is the commercial created for “The Dinner”


The Dinner Movie is for people who are thinking about improving their quality of life by taking steps to eat better and to make a smaller footprint on the environment.  First steps could be as simple as planting heirloom vegetables in containers on your patio or balcony.

The movie is called “The Dinner” because it begins with an actual dinner, which took place on September 20th, 2013.  There were eight courses – Salsa, Salad with Vinaigrette, Black Black Walnut Bread, Tomato and Pepper Butter, Shepherd’s Pie, Gluten-free Cornbread, Fig Cookies, Squash Pie, Black Tea, and Kombucha.  The behind-the-scenes contributors were things made of cotton and wool, such as dish towels, dishcloths, napkins, placemats, and table runners.  Clean up was carried out with soap made from sheep tallow.  The point is to show how a meal, which took less than an hour to eat, actually took more than two decades to produce.

The courses of this meal began one hundred and thirty years ago for the black walnut bread when someone on the farm decided to plant a black walnut tree for the future.  The soil took about two decades to become as fertile as it is now.  Even the vinaigrette for the salad took a year to come into being.

The movie walks you through those courses of the meal and all of the things that brought each course into existence.

September at the Farm

For those who are looking to do more, the film will discuss composting, how to plant things together that benefit one another (shade, keeping bugs away, helping the soil), how a greenhouse would benefit the growing season.  You’ll also learn about the beneficial products of Jersey Buff turkeys, chickens, and sheep.  Christina and Frank Allen will discuss working with cotton, wool, spinning, weaving, soap making, fermenting Kombucha tea, dealing with animals that threaten your livestock, and much more.

Raised Bed PlanTo see a preview or order a copy of the documentary, go to ORDER.  The documentary is now available.  The cost of the DVD is $20 Plus Tax and Shipping.  It includes a cookbook that includes all of the recipes for the meal served on September 20th, 2013.  It also has the recipe and instructions for soap making and laundry soap making.

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