The Virginia Peanut Story – Film Screening and Discussion

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Bob (L) and Rex (R) Alphin, Isle of Wight County peanut farmers.  Photo courtesy of Amy Drewry and Felice Hancock.
Bob (L) and Rex (R) Alphin, Isle of Wight County peanut farmers. Photo courtesy of Amy Drewry and Felice Hancock.

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts

110 Finney Avenue Suffolk, VA 23434
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Join us for a free public screening of The Virginia Peanut Story. This 57-minute film follows the peanut from its origins in South America to Africa and on to the Virginia Colony. The story takes the legume from being a lowly food grown for home use to being the basis for big businesses.

The story includes George Washington Carver whose inventions made peanut farming more efficient. Amedeo Obici, an Italian immigrant who made a big splash in the business world with his Planters Peanuts, is part of the story too.

At the heart of the story are the farmers – old and young- who acknowledge that farming is hard and unpredictable.  However, they love farming and truly love the land.  It’s all part of the Virginia Peanut Story.

Director Amy Broad will be available after the screening for questions and discussion.

The documentary is made possible in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities. Producer Amy Drewry has worked with Western Tidewater Virginia Heritage, Inc, a nonprofit consisting of historians, farmers, and others from Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex Counties and the City of Suffolk.

This film premier is presented in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

The event is open to the public.  There is no admission fee.

For more information, contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts at (757)923-0003.

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