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Putting urban farming on film


Andrew Monbouquette, left, and Dan Susman traveled the country filming urban gardening efforts for their documentary “Growing Cities.”

“The average age of a farmer in the United States is 57. We need a new generation to replace those who are retiring.”

By Bob Fischbach
World-Herald
Sept. 3, 2011

Excerpt:

Susman secured fellowships and grants to cover filming costs, and the two set out in early May on an urban-gardening pilgrimage that began in Denver. They saw beekeeping community gardens in a Latino section of Los Angeles, then toured a 100-year-old suburban farm in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Next came the lively urban farming scenes of Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., Portland, Ore., and Seattle.

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From the Ground Up: The Denver Green School Community Farm

Sprout City Farms, in partnership with the Denver Green School, Denver Urban Gardens, and Denver Public Schools, is building a one-acre vegetable farm in a corner of the schoolyard at the Denver Green School (DGS).

DGS is a public elementary and middle school (pre-K to 8th grade) focused on environmental and social sustainability through a “hands-on, brains-on,” project-based approach to learning. The Denver Green School Community Farm aligns perfectly with the values of the school, providing opportunities for students to engage in the natural world, food production, and interaction with the local community. It also gives them space to run around outside chasing grasshoppers.

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Thesis: Community Gardening As Social Action – Australia

The Australian Community Gardening Movement And Repertoires For Change

By Claire Nettle
Bachelor of Environmental Studies Master of Applied Science (Social Ecology)
Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide, December 2010
359 pages

Abstract:

There has been a resurgence of community gardening activity in Australia over the past decade. This coincides with increasing concern about food security, urban sustainability, social isolation and the preservation of community space. Community gardening has been adopted by divergent actors, from health agencies looking to increase fruit and vegetable consumption to radical social movements seeking symbols of non-capitalist social and spatial relations. This thesis contributes to a systematic research account of the Australian community gardening movement by considering community gardening as a site of collective social action.

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