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A Television Series on Urban Farming for South Africa’s 15 Member Region

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(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.

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April 7, 2016   Comments Off on A Television Series on Urban Farming for South Africa’s 15 Member Region

Documentary on sale of Detroit land to create tree farm to be featured in annual film festival

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LAND GRAB – Official Trailer 2016 from Atlas Industries on Vimeo.

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)

Excerpt:

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.

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April 2, 2016   Comments Off on Documentary on sale of Detroit land to create tree farm to be featured in annual film festival

Do not stand on your compost bin to clean your roof

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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: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25

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“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.

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March 23, 2016   Comments Off on ‘SEED: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25

Nomadic Community Garden in East London

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The Nomadic Community Gardens are chronicled in a short film by Ross Harrison. (Must see video!)

Bangladeshi families tend beds of eggplant, squash, and other seasonal vegetables alongside their non-Bangladeshi neighbors.

By Jasleena Grewal
Yes Magazine
Feb 19, 2016

Excerpt:

The Garden opened in May last year when Londonewcastle, a property development company, leased an abandoned parcel of land to Wheale. All structures are portable, and the project is intended to eventually be moved to other cities—veggie beds, rain harvesters, and all. Both the on-site office and lightweight veggie beds can be transported by truck. “We can move them overnight so they’re ready, pop-up style,” Wheale said.

I talked to Wheale about his hope that the Garden can improve Londoners’ quality of life by helping growers lower their food bills, share skills, and build relationships.

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February 21, 2016   Comments Off on Nomadic Community Garden in East London

‘Grow Your Own Vegetables’ with Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards, Brooklyn

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On-line Course – Free Video Series

This training walks you through the big questions: Do you have the right space to grow food and where can you find more? Can you actually shrink your grocery bill with a vegetable garden? What tasks should you focus on so you only spend 2 hours (or less) per week while growing lots of food.

If you have dreams of a vegetable garden, or you’ve been growing for a couple years and want to amp up your harvest, or anything in between, I highly recommend Stacey’s work to help you live your dream of nourishing the planet while you enjoy fresh-picked, sun-kissed vegetables that you grew yourself.

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February 20, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Grow Your Own Vegetables’ with Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards, Brooklyn

Film: “The Seer – A Portrait of Wendell Berry”

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The most powerful way to draw a portrait of such an accomplished thinker and artist with a painfully lucid voice is to attempt to get behind his eyes and to imagine the world as rural farmers see it.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities.

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February 12, 2016   Comments Off on Film: “The Seer – A Portrait of Wendell Berry”

“Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”

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CAN YOU DIG THIS – Trailer from Delirio Films on Vimeo.

“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
— Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”

Delila Vallot – Director
Rafael Marmor – Producer
Christopher Leggett – Producer
John Legend – Executive Producer
2015
(Must see. Mike)

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

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February 10, 2016   Comments Off on “Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”

Financial Times: Hong Kong’s urban farms

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Link to video.

Video Story

By Ben Bland
Financial Times Video
Jan 14, 2016

Hong Kong imports almost all of its food. Ben Bland meets the urban farmers finding sustainable ways to produce fruit and vegetables in the city.

January 18, 2016   Comments Off on Financial Times: Hong Kong’s urban farms

Chickens in the City of San Francisco – a short documentary

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The film playfully explores the ways in which keeping chickens has helped shape the philosophies behind what and how urban chicken-owners eat, and has forced them to face the means of modern food production.

Directed by Christie Herring
Camera Davina Pardo
KQED’s Truly CA
2015

Chickens in the City is a chicken-level view of two backyard coops in San Francisco. Allison adopted Miss Money Henny from her neighbor who purchased the chicken to star in his audition tape for SURVIVOR. She’s a little hen with a big personality, and her prolific egg-laying brings the family farm to the big city. Across town, Shawn tends Wacko and Kathryn — not to mention two ducks — in a high-tech chicken coop.

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January 15, 2016   Comments Off on Chickens in the City of San Francisco – a short documentary

The World’s First Aquaponics Documentary Film planned

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Aquaponics Documentary Indiegogo from Karney Hatch on Vimeo.

The film will explore the history of Aquaponics in Mexico (the chinampas originated by the aztecs) and Asia (traditional combinations of fish and plants grown together).

Karney Hatch, director of “Plant This Movie”, and Maribou Latour, host and creator of the Visonary Aquaponics podcast, are teaming up to make a documentary about aquaponics around the world!

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January 10, 2016   Comments Off on The World’s First Aquaponics Documentary Film planned

Documentary on making of Campbellton, BC, Neighbourhood Garden

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The 22-plot garden is in a portion of an underused urban park in an older and mixed-use neighbourhood of Campbell River

27-minute documentary film
Campbell River Mirror
Dec 1, 2015

Excerpt:

The garden is important for numerous reasons, such as helping the four-years-old Neighbourhood Association demonstrate to people and businesses in the area that its works are useful, and helping the City of Campbell River achieve the ambitious food self-sufficiency strategy in its Sustainable Official Community Plan – plus of course providing healthy, fresh, affordable and organic food to its gardeners, even year-round!

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December 9, 2015   Comments Off on Documentary on making of Campbellton, BC, Neighbourhood Garden

‘Symphony of the Soil’ – Watch film free online for a few more days

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Symphony of the Soil – with English Subtitles from Lily Films on Vimeo.

The producers of this film are allowing a full and FREE viewing of Symphony of the Soil through 12/11/2015.

Winner of the Merit Award for Scientific Information 2012 Montana CINE International Film Festival
Winner Best in Festival of the Life Sciences Film Festival 2012 Czech University of Life Sciences
Winner of the Food Award 2013 Cinema Verde Film Festival

Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

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December 7, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Symphony of the Soil’ – Watch film free online for a few more days

Forage: A Documentary

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A documentary on the growing activity of urban foraging

Directed by Matthew Martyr
Hosted by anthropologist Josh Crosby
Music by Gia Sky
2014

“I have been working on a documentary short on urban foraging and wild edibles. It’s been a wonderful experience to talk with foragers about the importance of this activity and to see their passion. We plan to expand the film in the future.” Josh Crosby

September 22, 2015   Comments Off on Forage: A Documentary

‘Occupy The Farm’ film now available on-line

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Now available to stream or download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.

Director: Todd Darling
2014

‘Occupy The Farm’ tells the story of 200 urban farmers who walk onto a publicly-owned research farm and plant two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development. This direct action set up a vibrant tent village on land destined to become condos, while their crops blocked the development plans of a cash-starved public institution – the University of California, Berkeley.

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August 14, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Occupy The Farm’ film now available on-line