Category — Video
22 minute video special on local community gardens.
By Stephanie Farrell
Aug 9, 2016
“It’s all about community,” says Harry Behrens, who founded Impact Harvest in 2011. “We base it on Mark 12:3: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” That verse is their mission statement to use fresh-grown produce from their farms to show love to the community. “One hundred percent of our produce is given away,” Behrens says. “We are sharing best practices with community gardens.”
Last year 160 families were directly served, receiving a bag of produce each month. Impact Harvest also supplies produce to many area food banks. Their growth quadrupled in four years. “God has been crazy good in a lot of ways—it’s been that process over and over again,” he says.
August 16, 2016 No Comments
A short participatory film made with producers across two urban community gardens in Seville, Spain
PhD Candidate and Participatory Video-Maker
Coventry University Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
In May and June 2016, urban producers in Huerto del Rey Moro (HRM) and Parque de Miraflores (Miraflores) engaged in a participatory action research process, using participatory video to explore the themes of communication and transformation within and between the two gardens. HRM is a squatted permaculture garden (huerto okupado) in Macarena, in the old centre of Seville. A committed collective of younger and older food growers maintains the open and democratic space, used by women, men, girls, and boys from across the city—building new forms of self-organization and reconnecting with the land for sustainable food production. Miraflores, in Las Almenas in the north of Seville, was formerly a dump site for construction debris during the city’s rapid expansion in the 1960s and 1970s. Reclaimed by a mobilized community in the 1980s, the garden is now a tranquil and productive space. Retired gardeners work alongside school groups to grow organic vegetables, and preserve and share knowledge. The two gardens are approximately three kilometers apart, but prior to this video-making project, there was only minimal communication between the sites.
August 16, 2016 No Comments
“Land Grab” features interviews and footage — including some impressive drone shots — mostly collected between 2013 and 2015.
By Gus Burns
July 24, 2016
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.”
July 29, 2016 Comments Off on Documentary explores Hantz Farms ‘Land Grab’ in Detroit
UN in Action, Episode #1416
Dec 10, 2013
To tackle rising food insecurity in the wake of last year’s hurricanes and drought, several UN agencies, together with local charity groups have increased efforts to improve food supply in the country. One of the local initiatives is finding innovative ways of recycling used tires as planters, helping people grow farms in their own backyards.
July 28, 2016 Comments Off on Haiti: Urban Agriculture – UN Web-TV
(Must see video. Mike) The hotel itself is made from balsa wood and includes traditional hollow tubes in the bedrooms, which is a popular nesting choice for solitary bees. Other key features, such as sugar water baths and ultraviolet patterns, have been included based on scientific research that suggests that bees are attracted to these, and will therefore be enticed to enter the bee hotel to get some much needed rest and relaxation.
We’ve just created the world’s poshest insect residence: a luxury bee hotel, in partnership with Kew Gardens!
By Taylors Tea of Harrogate since 1886
Our teas need bees
Without these buzzy little flavour creators, life would be very bland. Research has found that animal pollination makes the tastiest fruit, and many of the ingredients in our wonderfully distinctive fruit and herbal teas – created with the help of the plant experts at Kew Gardens – need bees simply to survive. or Click on the packs to see for yourself.
July 13, 2016 Comments Off on The Grand ‘Beedapest’ Hotel – the world’s first luxury bee hotel
This documentary looks at the program’s roots and founders as well as some of the people who have appeared on the show. As it is a live show, there are plenty of bloopers to enjoy as well. (Must see. Mike)
Now produced by the University of Nebraska, it is the longest-running, educational program in all of public television in the United States
Kim Todd, RLA
Associate Professor and Extension Landscape Specialist
University of Nebraska
Backyard Farmer is the place to find non-biased, research based information about gardening. Backyard Farmer is the longest running educational program in broadcast history beginning in 1953 on a small station in Lincoln, Nebraska.
June 8, 2016 Comments Off on US public television show “Backyard Farmer” has been on the air for 64 years
Rare 12 minute film.
There’s even a role for the children in bringing up the rabbits for food too!
Director: Charles de Lautour
United Kingdom 1944
Strand Film Company
Ministry of Information for Ministry of Agriculture
Donald Taylor, Edgar Anstey
If you can’t buy it, why not grow it yourself? If you’ve too much, then why not sell at the village produce stall? With WWII in full swing and many foods rationed, the Village Produce Association comes into its own in this film shot in the Cotswold village of Somerton, Oxfordshire.
June 6, 2016 Comments Off on Cotswold Club 1944 – Growing their own, the Village Produce Association during WW2
British gardeners at a Merseyside allotment feel resentment when some refugees are given plots of land at their site.
Grow Your Own is a 2007 British comedy film directed by Richard Laxton, and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Carl Hunter. It stars Benedict Wong, John Henshaw, Eddie Marsan, Pierce Quigley, Omid Djalili, Alan Williams, Philip Jackson, and Olivia Colman. The film centres on a group of gardeners at a Merseyside allotment, who react angrily when a group of refugees are given plots at the site, but after they get to know them better, soon change their minds. The film was previously known under the title The Allotment.
June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Grow Your Own (2007 film) – comedy
From the plot to the pot
(Must see. Mike)
The Chairman of the Allotment Gardens Committee
Councillor A. J. Johnson
Take up your trowels! During WWII, Britain’s food imports were severely restricted and local councils across the country commandeered public and private land for the growing of vegetables and crops. Here, an Ealing councillor implores local residents to take on an allotment to help feed the nation. ‘Dig for Victory’ was one of the war’s most iconic and successful mass publicity campaigns.
June 2, 2016 Comments Off on Rare UK video, 1942: Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign
BUGS, a documentary by Andreas Johnsen. A gastronomic adventure with Nordic Food Lab: Can eating insects save our Earth?
World premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016.
(Must see. Mike)
For the past three years, a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab, made up of chefs and researchers Josh Evans, Ben Reade and Roberto Flore, has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. In BUGS, film director Andreas Johnsen follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond. During their journey they encounter everything from revered termite queens and desert-delicacy honey ants to venemous giant hornets and long-horned grasshoppers trapped using powerful floodlights, which sometimes cause their operators blindness.
May 16, 2016 Comments Off on BUGS the film – Will eating insects save our Earth?
(Must see video. Mike)
Gateway Greening runs 21 such gardens at schools in the city, both public and private, and has a total of 55 in the region. Much of the budget for this work comes from the Monsanto Fund, which this year provided a grant of $205,000 for the youth garden program.
By Daniel Neman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 11, 2016
That’s right, an orchard grows outside Mallinckrodt Academy, a public elementary school for gifted students. It’s a small orchard — four apple trees, plus a few pear trees, peach, wild plum and currants — but it is growing in the school’s front yard. And even though the trees will not begin to bear significant amounts of fruit until after the students leave the school, the students say they are happy knowing that the work they do today will benefit those who come after them.
May 11, 2016 Comments Off on Thriving School Gardens in St. Louis
(Must see video. Mike)
In development: Urban Farming – Growing Food in the City
By David Reeler, Mike Davies, Simon De Swardt
“We feel that Southern Africa has it’s own unique problems and therefore needs it’s own solutions. Southern African Development Community (SADC) has 15 member Countries with a population of 300 million (the same as the U.S.A.), half of which live in the cities. We hope to show how that growing some food yourself will lead to a healthier lifestyle.”
Excerpt from their concept sheet.
As rural to urban migration intensifies, Urban farming is becoming an important aspect of life in many cities across the world, but particularly in Southern Africa. It contributes significantly to improved nutrition, poverty alleviation, the empowerment of women, and community development.
April 7, 2016 Comments Off on A Television Series on Urban Farming for South Africa’s 15 Member Region
Land Grab delves into the political maneuvering required to put roots in the ground, highlighting a divided citizenry
By Matt Helms
Detroit Free Press
April 1, 2016
(Must see. Mike)
It said one of the city’s wealthiest residents was planning to sink millions into what he billed as the world’s largest urban agriculture project. Working for a TV production company, O’Grady spent a year and a half researching the issue and realized that John Hantz, the founder of a financial services conglomerate, was the underdog facing stiff opposition to his plan to buy some 2,000 vacant or blighted lots and turn them into what eventually became a large tree farm.
April 2, 2016 Comments Off on Documentary on sale of Detroit land to create tree farm to be featured in annual film festival
This fellow falls into his bin and gets stuck!
City Farmer has run the Vancouver Compost Hotline for almost 30 years and we have had all types of questions, but never about someone stuck in a bin.
Of course this could have been a prank set-up to amuse his family, but then again, if the man had all his weight on both legs on the centre of the bin lid, then perhaps he did fall through.
March 31, 2016 Comments Off on Do not stand on your compost bin to clean your roof
“Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being.” – Vandana Shiva
Taggart Siegel, Director
Marc Turtletaub, Executive Producer
Marisa Tomei, Executive Producer
Jon Betz, Director
Taggart Siegel, Director
SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.
March 23, 2016 Comments Off on ‘SEED: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25