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Documentary explores Hantz Farms ‘Land Grab’ in Detroit

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“Land Grab” features interviews and footage — including some impressive drone shots — mostly collected between 2013 and 2015.

By Gus Burns
Live
July 24, 2016

Excerpt:

One of the opening scenes shows Hantz being grilled by opponents at a 2010 community meeting. A woman asks Hantz if his plan amounts to a “land grab.”

“It’s definitely a land grab,” Hantz responds. “You can’t farm without land.

“It’s sort of one of those great, tricky questions.”

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Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier

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Forthcoming in September, 2016 – By Michael Ableman

By Michael Ableman
Chelsea Green Publishing
Aug/Sept 2016

Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia—one of the worst urban slums in North America—who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves.

During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farms—now North America’s largest urban farm project—has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables. By providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a community of farmers and food lovers, the Sole Food project has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources who are managing addiction and chronic mental health problems.

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Bank of Scotland staff swap calculators for gardening gloves to help community allotment

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“It was a huge amount of work carried out by the team and just shows what a bit of effort and pulling together can achieve.

By Kieran Beattie
The Press and Journal
23 July 2016

Excerpt:

A team of Aberdeen bank staff swapped their calculators for gardening gloves to bring the green shoots of recovery to a community allotment scheme in the city.

Volunteers from Bank of Scotland on Albyn Place built footpaths, marked out garden spaces, trimmed hedges and generally made the Cummings Park site more attractive.

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