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Ted Talk: How Urban Agriculture Is Transforming Detroit

Devita Davison, executive director of FoodLab Detroit, explains how features of Detroit’s decay make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture.

The 12-minute presentation was recorded last April, 2017

There’s something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit’s decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Davison for a walk through neighborhoods in transformation as she shares stories of opportunity and hope. “These aren’t plots of land where we’re just growing tomatoes and carrots,” Davison says.

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January 15, 2018   Comments Off on Ted Talk: How Urban Agriculture Is Transforming Detroit

Los Angeles, California 1977: Urban garden in Bunker Hill with downtown buildings in background

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Iowa It’s Not

By John Malmin, (photographer)
Los Angeles Times Photographs Collection

Corn grows bravely in downtown smog in garden near First and Hope Sts. Crop was planted by Bunker Hill residents.

Source.

January 12, 2018   Comments Off on Los Angeles, California 1977: Urban garden in Bunker Hill with downtown buildings in background

Grow Food Film

Documentary filmmakers seek to charge a global movement with one big idea: growing food can fix a majority of the world’s problems

Joe Rignola and Jessica Smith
Filmmakers

Excerpt:

We have traveled the U.S. to take a meet farmers, teachers, and leaders in the regenerative farming movement and were blown away by the impact they are making on the communities around them and beyond.

We found three awesome farmers in NY that we really connected with and believed in their practices. Our first farmer, Patty, has a very successful farm that caters to restaurants, as she is a chef herself.

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December 14, 2017   Comments Off on Grow Food Film

Feast TV: Urban Farming – 30 minute video

Kansas Urbavore Urban Farm, Columbia Centre for Urban Agriculture, Urban Harvest St Louis Rooftop

Feast Magazine
Mar 29, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Food isn’t only grown on expansive farms in the country. Farms are an increasingly common sight in cities. In this episode of Feast TV, we explore urban farming in all of its forms. We head to a rooftop farm made possible through innovative architecture, visit a compact teaching farm carved out of an urban neighborhood and explore a fully off-the-grid farm where ideals and flavorful produce thrive. Veggie-forward cooking is taking center stage in kitchens across the country and host Cat Neville will show you a classic Italian pie that showcases farm-fresh greens and eggs.

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November 3, 2017   Comments Off on Feast TV: Urban Farming – 30 minute video

Canada: 1984 film – ‘My Urban Garden’ – Filmed in Halifax

“As relevant today as it was when it was made.” Mike

By Polly Bennell, Director
National Film Board
1984 | 26 min

(Must See. Mike – City Farmer was consulted on this film in the early 1980’s)

Excerpt:

In this short film, Halifax gardener Carol Bowlby harvests a mouth-watering crop from her small backyard plot. In considering soil quality, lack of space and a short growing season challenges rather than obstacles, she offers a wealth of practical growing tips for urban gardeners. By heeding Bowlby’s advice, bountiful organic gardens work equally well on apartment balconies, in small or large city lots or in a rural setting.

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October 11, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: 1984 film – ‘My Urban Garden’ – Filmed in Halifax

Opening Scene of New TV series ‘The North Pole’ Features Urban Farm

“In the year since we’ve shot the show, the garden that’s in the very first scene—the urban farm—is no longer an urban farm. It’s being developed into condos.”

By Liz Pleasant
Yes Magazine
Sept 26, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

New series shows “the reality of the problem but also the joy, humor, and humanity that we’re trying to fight for in the first place.”

Healey: We make fun of the small, cultural side of gentrification. But at the end of the day, it’s the big players. It’s the developers. It’s the politicians. In the year since we’ve shot the show, the garden that’s in the very first scene—the urban farm—is no longer an urban farm. It’s being developed into condos.

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September 27, 2017   Comments Off on Opening Scene of New TV series ‘The North Pole’ Features Urban Farm

UK: ‘Countryfile Live TV Show – agricultural escapism or city-slicker sell out?

BBC Countryfile presenters Adam Henson, John Craven, Charlotte Smith, Tom Heap, Anita Rani, Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison. Photograph: Justin Goff.

At least half of Countryfile’s viewers live in towns and cities.

By Paul MacInnes
The Guardian
Aug 8, 2017

Excerpts:

Since it moved in 2009 from its original Sunday morning slot to peak-time evening viewing, the programme has become more obviously aimed at an urban demographic. Issues of concern to farmers and those who make a living in rural areas are still covered, but they are less prominent than the features which either introduce aspects of the British countryside to a new audience or simply show it off. It also has the week’s most-watched weather forecast.

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August 16, 2017   Comments Off on UK: ‘Countryfile Live TV Show – agricultural escapism or city-slicker sell out?

Africa: Video story – Zimbabwe farmers getting creative within city limits

Urban farms have started sprouting up in the capital Harare, as more people move there for work.

By Haru Mutasa
Aljazeera
Jul 10, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Zimbabwe, once considered the breadbasket of southern Africa, is undergoing a shift in the way its food is grown.

July 18, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: Video story – Zimbabwe farmers getting creative within city limits

Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, Alabama

Gather from Jones Valley Teaching Farm on Vimeo.

Catch a glimpse into how Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s Good School Food program positively impacts students across all grades in Birmingham City Schools.

From their website:

We design and build teaching farms in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, we operate our downtown farm, five Pre-K–8 teaching farms known as “Farm Labs,” and Woodlawn High School Urban Farm.

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June 8, 2017   Comments Off on Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, Alabama

1934 ‘How’s Crops?’ renamed ‘Brownie’s Victory Garden’ in WW2

Theatrical Short, Van Beuren Studios
Distributed by: RKO Radio Pictures
Cartoon Characters: Cubby Bear (Brownie Bear), Cubby’s Girlfriend, Opossum, Worm.
Directed By George Stallings.
Originally Released in 1934.

[Mike’s note: This is a 1934 cartoon released and renamed in the 1940’s to help with the war effort. ‘Victory Garden’ was not a term used in 1934. Cubby was the original star. She was renamed Brownie.]

Cubby rises and shines with the dawn, and, reading a headline, learns that a “mysterious menace” is attacking farms and destroying crops. He uses his ingenuity to uncover the mystery. Cubby and his girlfriend go underground and create a crop of synthetic vegetables in their underground cave-factory, then force them upward through the soil.

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April 7, 2017   Comments Off on 1934 ‘How’s Crops?’ renamed ‘Brownie’s Victory Garden’ in WW2

Yardfarmers is an upcoming reality TV show

Over the course of one growing season the six contestants will compete for the honor of becoming “America’s Best Yardfarmer,” and a substantial prize.

By Erik Assadourian, Katy Chevigny, Emily Helminen
Yardfarmers

From their website:

It is about young Americans moving back in with their parents to farm their parents’ yards and neighborhood greenspaces. Why? Because yardfarming could help solve many of America’s challenges: from the obesity epidemic to food insecurity, from the abuses of industrial agriculture to food deserts, from social isolation to climate change.

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March 28, 2017   Comments Off on Yardfarmers is an upcoming reality TV show

Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village


Canada: University of Victoria historian Elizabeth Vibert teamed up with award-winning director Christine Welsh to produce ‘The Thinking Garden’.

The garden, which has now been in operation for 25 years, provides fresh vegetables and opportunities for the local villagers while helping confront the ravages of poverty, climate change and AIDS.

By Dan Ebenal
Saanich News
Feb 25, 2017

Excerpt:

“The garden has been vitally important to the community, especially as the effects of climate change get worse. It provides local, affordable produce that otherwise people have to travel on public transit to buy fresh vegetables,” said Vibert.

More familiar with writing about history, Vibert said her first venture into filmmaking was extremely challenging.

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February 26, 2017   Comments Off on Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

Movie: ‘Farming Detroit – The Urban Farming Revolution’

Must see film! Mike – (however it is restricted to a USA audience on YouTube online

[If you can learn to use VPN – Virtual Private Network, then you can see the film. I did from Canada. Mike]
A must-see movie for everyone this holiday season!! Make the effort to watch it. Mike

Directed by Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites
Produced by Pilgrim Studios for FYI
2015 A & E Televison
Online on Dec 10, 2016

Excerpt from Eater Detroit:

Over the weekend, lifestyle channel FYI turned the lens on Detroit’s urban agriculture scene with the premiere of a new documentary Farming Detroit. The hour-long film follows a series of different farms around the area including Brother Nature Produce, Burnside Farm, MUFI, Central Detroit Christian Farm and Fishery, Buckets of Rain, and HUDA Clinic and Urban Garden. Filmmakers look at how each farm operates and services the community in a different way from Brother Nature’s relationship with local restaurants to Buckets of Rain’s involvement with the homeless shelters.

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December 14, 2016   Comments Off on Movie: ‘Farming Detroit – The Urban Farming Revolution’

Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”


See some of the short films received in last year´s competition.

Wanting to receive short films from gardens in cities around the world, to enrich this festival

By Alberto Peralta
Organizer Humus Film Festival
Next event: Mar 24-26, 2017

This festival welcomes all perspectives and approaches to urban agriculture, whether amateur or professional, from surrealist or poetic visions to humorous or realistic scenarios.

Looking people who might be interested in telling a funny, personal or surreal story about the garden and the city.

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December 8, 2016   Comments Off on Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”

Minneapolis Kids Rap About Urban Agriculture

(Must see video. Mike)

Remember that “Hot Cheetos & Takis” video featuring those cute Minneapolis kids from back in 2012, which got more than 14 million views on YouTube? From that same studio comes something a bit more grown up.

By Dan Nosowitz
Modern Farmer
December 7, 2016

Excerpt:

The nonprofit teamed up with Beats & Rhymes, a program also based in Minneapolis that allows kids to write and produce music in a professional setting, to create a the song and video for “Grow Food.” Using the same familiar touchstones—808 beats, Atlanta-style spooky bass lines, an array Grantland described as “a banger”—Beats & Rhymes has come up with a song that’s somehow both a plea to fight against food deserts and also pretty…good. Here’s the video.

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December 8, 2016   Comments Off on Minneapolis Kids Rap About Urban Agriculture