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“Grow” – the film

All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life.

The filmmakers Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson are the recipients of the Georgia Organics “Barbara Petit Pollinator Of The Year Award” 2012 for GROW! Also Winner 2011 BEST AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY – Rome International Film Festival

It’s not just ‘Old MacDonald’ on the farm anymore. All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Armed with college degrees, some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump. Fed up with corporate America and its influence on a broken food system, they aim to solve some of the current system’s inequities by growing clean, fair food. Mostly landless, they borrow, rent or manage farmland in order to fulfill their dreams of doing something meaningful with their lives.

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August 18, 2012   1 Comment

Aljazeera News covers urban farming in Detroit


Wonderful video! Watch Carylyn Leadly of Rising Pheasant Farms head off to market at dawn with her urban agriculture produce.

The New Wave – A community-based urban farming revolution is getting the city of Detroit back on track after decades of decay.

Earthrise, Aljazeera
18 Aug 2012
(Must see. Mike)

After decades of urban decay, Detroit is getting back on track. Inner city investment has totalled over $9bn since 2006, as entrepreneurs hustle to stake a claim in the city while it is still going cheap. The last 10 years has seen a 59 per cent rise in young graduates moving into the city’s core, some of who have been drawn by prospect of life as an urban farmer.

One of them is Carolyn Leadley, the founder of Rising Pheasant Farms.

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August 18, 2012   1 Comment