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MAY 12 SCREENING OF “RUNNING DRY” TO BENEFIT ARCHI’S ACRES ORGANIC FARM AND VETERANS' TRAINING




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May 8, 2009 San Diego, CA – Lestat’s West, the showroom next to the eclectic San Diego coffee house in Normal Heights, will screen “Running Dry”, a powerful documentary on the growing global water crisis on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 pm. “Running Dry” is a comprehensive public information/education project, established to raise awareness about the worsening global humanitarian water crisis. The project’s centerpieces are two explosive and in-depth documentaries, “Running Dry” and “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?”

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ctress Jane Seymour, the documentaries’ narrator, and many other notable and knowledgeable individuals have come together to participate in the public information/education process.
All donations at the event will benefit Archi's Acres, a sustainable agricultural project in Escondido that assists returning combat veterans through the VSAT (Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training) program. Lestat’s West www.Lestats.com is located at 3339 Adams Avenue (phone 619-282-0437). Suggested donation is $10 at the door.

Sergeant Colin Archipley, a 3-tour Iraq veteran who developed Archi’s Acres VSAT with his wife Karen, says: “It makes perfect sense to tap our combat veterans to help shape a sustainable world. At Archi’s Acres our veterans work side-by-side, producing highly nutritious certified organic products using a fraction of the labor, growing time and most importantly water required by traditional farming methods. In fact our 1,800 square foot greenhouse uses less water than an average home while utilizing 90% of available space inside.”

The Archipley’s started VSAT out of their own pockets to help combat veterans’ transition back to civilian life through professional training in sustainable agriculture and job placement services. This unique venture, which serves as a model for what can be done in other locations, is a cooperative effort of Archi’s Acres and the San Diego Veterans Affairs Compensated Work Therapy/Veterans Industries (CWT/VI) program.