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An Urban Homestead Tour with Justin Tiret in Portland

An Urban Homestead Tour with Justin Tiret from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

Video story by Rebecca Gerendasy.

How much can you grow on a small parcel of land?

By Rebecca Gerendasy
Cooking Up a Story
August 2014

This video tour of an urban homestead with Justin Tiret shows us his backyard garden in Portland, Oregon. Tiret is able to grow and raise much of the annual food production to meet his family’s needs. On a 1/4 acre lot, Justin and his wife Tracey raise feral bees for honey and candle wax, chickens for eggs, hazelnuts (a work in progress for the actual nuts),

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August 22, 2014   No Comments

Food Forward: Urban Agriculture Across America – TV Series

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Above is a photo not the movie. Click here to watch a full episode.

13 episodes – Premieres on PBS September, 2014

From PBS Food Forward website:

We meet farmers, chefs, teachers, scientists, fishermen and ranchers in more than 50 cities and towns across the country who are all providing new solutions to help combat America’s growing food challenges.

How did something so fundamental as food, go so fundamentally wrong?

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August 20, 2014   No Comments

‘Food Fighters’ – Documentary

the FOOD FIGHTERS from Paula Kaston on Vimeo.

‘Food Fighters’ is a new Kastonmedia work, that follows the entrepreneurial Co-founders of Fresh City Farm, Ran and Phil.

Farming on a small scale is very challenging in the current economic and regulatory environment. The odds are against a small-scale farmer trying to farm sustainably. Moreover, farming in the city poses several challenges above and beyond those associated with farming in more rural areas. Our model is meant to mitigate these challenges and risks, but the degree to which we have been successful — establishing city farming as a viable economic activity for more than a handful of people — will take several more years to prove itself. Join us on this journey. We believe its a worthy undertaking.

Link here.

July 17, 2014   Comments Off

A Documentary: Microgardens in Colombia (Bogota and Medellin) with internally displaced people

Otros Mundos (Documental agricultura urbana)

In Spanish
25 minutes

Documental sobre propuestas de agricultura urbana en las ciudades de Bogotá y Medellín, coproducido por la FAO y Post-office Cowboys, 2007.

www.postofficecowboys.com/oficinadecorre­os

Also:

Oficina Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el Caribe
Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3241, Vitacura, Stgo. – Chile

July 4, 2014   Comments Off

PBS: Urban Farming – The Lexicon Of Sustainability

Aired: 06/05/2014

By the end of the 20th century, nearly 80 percent of Americans lived in urban areas and no longer knew who grew their food. Then something happened. Across America, an urban farming movement began. On city rooftops, in vacant lots, and even in front yards, people are growing food in cities, or buying it from their neighbours, reconnecting them to where their food comes from.

Link here.

June 22, 2014   Comments Off

Daryl Hannah narrates the film “Plant This Movie”

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A documentary about urban farming around the world by Karney Hatch

Plant This Movie Final Fundraiser from Karney Hatch on Vimeo.

Fundraising needs:

After months of working with my editors, the film is almost finished, but to make the maximum impact, we need a little of your help. Here’s the breakdown:

$2500 Editing: This is the big one. We have to pay Emily, our awesome editor, and there’s still more work to do!

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June 15, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Fruit: A Documentary About The Urban Farming Movement In Los Angeles

Urban Fruit, a film by Roman Zenz, tells the story of a handful of Angelenos growing food within the city of Los Angeles.

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June 10, 2014

The city of Los Angeles, California was originally built on farming. In the 1920’s, Citrus groves flourished and stretched for miles, due to LA’s rich soil and prime growing conditions. Then, post WWII, the changing zoning laws and increased land prices pushed the agricultural industry far from the city center.

In today’s America, many citizens have a disconnected relationship with their food, where it comes from, and what is in it. However, a revolution is occurring, where many are taking back control of what they choose to consume, by reclaiming a skill that has been lost to the industrial food machine: growing their food themselves.

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June 11, 2014   Comments Off

Documentary about urban farming in Phoenix, Arizona

Created by students of both Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Sustainability.

A short documentary about the possibilities and benefits of urban farming in a large city like Phoenix, Arizona and the communities that can grow from it.

June 6, 2014   Comments Off

Physically Challenged Farmer is an Inspiration

Hear Chris’ extraordinary story

Film by John Chester
OWN TV
May 25, 2014

Everyone knows farming requires hard physical labor. While Apricot Lane Farms has a lot of excellent farmhands, none have been as memorable as Chris.

See more of Apricot Lane Farms.

June 3, 2014   Comments Off

Video on planning your veggie garden by Vancouver’s Victory Gardeners

Video directed by Simon Redekop.

Victory Gardens wins $25,000 grant for educational YouTube series

Article by Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
June 1, 2014

Excerpt:

Vancouver’s urban farmers-for-hire are sharing their trade secrets for transforming city lots into organic food gardens in a new video series bank-rolled by a grant from the Co-operators Group.

Victory Gardens — a workers co-op run by Lisa Giroday, Sam Philips and Sandra Lopuch — won $25,000 to complete a five-video series based on the strength of a four-and-a-half minute pilot video that details how to plan garden space. Subsequent episodes will explain soil building, seeds and transplants, winter gardening and growing garlic.

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June 2, 2014   Comments Off

‘Voices of Transition’ – documentary film

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Director, Nils Aguilar

From Timo ten Feld
Berlin

Voices of Transition presents innovative, inspirational – and concrete – solutions to the food security challenges we humans increasingly face. It explores agroforestry models in France, permaculture and transition town initiatives in England and the organic farming revolution in Cuba. We managed to get interviews with big names like Rob Hopkins and snippets from Vandana Shiva.

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May 29, 2014   Comments Off

3 Acres in Detroit

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12 minute urban farming documentary by Nora Mandray

Donnie and Fred knew nothing about urban farming when they picked up shovels and adopted a plot of land. This strikingly beautiful portrait looks at two unlikely characters as they endeavour to turn one of Detroit’s many abandoned properties into a three-level greenhouse. Armed with hand tools and relentless spirits, they plant the seeds of change in an effort to take back Detroit. Amira Abdellahi

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May 11, 2014   Comments Off

Pedals to Produce – San Francisco Urban Agriculture Bike Tour

A celebration of local food systems and life on two wheels!

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May 6, 2014

Excerpt:

Stop Number 3: NOMADgardens

After biking through Sunday Streets in Bay View and the Dogpatch we made our way to Mission Bay to visit NOMADgardens. NOMADgardens just opened two weeks ago and is already off to great start. NOMADgardens is a ‘roaming’ community garden. The space is occupying an empty lot in the thick of the developing Mission Bay. Stephanie the founder and other workers at NOMADgardens greeted us to tell us about the current garden and the future of the space.

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May 7, 2014   Comments Off

BBC2’s ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’

The great British rake off! Killer heels, yogic chanting, llama manure – they’re just some of the secret weapons rival gardeners resort to in BBC2′s Big Allotment Challenge

By Nicole Lampert
Daily Mail
4 April 2014

Excerpt:

We’ve had The Great British Bake Off, now it’s what you might call The Great British Rake Off as a new BBC show pits more members of the public – this time gardeners – against each other in the hobby they love.

And The Big Allotment Challenge is not for the weak-willed, insist the competitors – there are plenty of tears among the tomatoes and turnips.

‘This is the tough end of reality television,’ says Edd Curbishley, a Northamptonshire sales manager who competes in the show in partnership with his yoga teacher wife Harshani.

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April 27, 2014   Comments Off

Reflections on Urban Farming in Russia

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“When we started making Growing Cities, a new documentary about urban farming in America, we never imagined where it would take us.”

By Dan Susman
Growing Cities
April 17, 2014

Excerpt:

Most recently, we had the opportunity to travel to Moscow, Russia, as part of the Ecocup Film Festival and with the support of the US Embassy. I spoke with many students and citizens there about urban agriculture, which is a relatively new concept for Russians. However, that isn’t to say they don’t have a long history tied to the land.

Almost every time we showed the film, someone would ask, ‘have you heard of dachas?’ At first, I had no idea, though by the third or fourth time I had a pretty good understanding. Dachas (literally meaning ‘something given’ in ancient Russian) are peri-urban seasonal homes, which usually have small land allotments attached. These plots were first given out to loyal vassals starting in the late 17th century with Peter the Great, though now Russians from all classes have these plots.

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April 17, 2014   Comments Off