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Urban gardening in Cuba: Vivero Alamar – Havana’s largest City Garden

I shot the video in one day during a press trip to Cuba organized by the German NGO Welthungerhilfe. The NGO has supported the City Garden featured in the video for more than ten years.

Video and text by Roland Brockmann
2015

I visited the city garden of Alamar in Havana a short time after the handshake between Barack Obama and Raul Castro. Therefore one of the goals of my visit was to find out how Cubans farmers see the new political climate between the US and Cuba. What are their hopes and worries?

Miguel Lopez, the president of the cooperative, was very positive about the political convergence. “This process of opening up is important for Cuba.” he said. “There’s a global community and we’re going to be joining it now.”

Because the garden produce is strictly organic, Lopez was especially excited about the opportunity of exporting organic food to nearby Florida. He wasn’t worried about the risk of cheap produce destroying the domestic market.

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June 23, 2015   No Comments

Documentary: Thirsty Land – Will There Be Enough Water To Survive?

Shrinking soil. Vanishing rivers. The global food supply at stake… Drought is silently strangling our country, and the battle is just beginning.

Producer Conrad Weaver
President and owner of Conjostudios, LLC
2015

The Project

Thirsty Land is a documentary film that tells the story about extreme drought, agriculture, & water rights in the United States and how these challenges impact farmers, local communities, and ultimately the global food supply. The depleted water resources in the American Southwest is one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century facing agriculture and growing urban communities. The drought on this region has local, national, and global impacts not only for the present, but also for future generations.

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Farm Your Yard Kitchen Garden Tour in Portland

Farm Your Yard Kitchen Garden Tour from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

“… the purpose of this tour is to excite people’s imaginations and to get them to think ingeniously about growing fruits and vegetables in places that they hadn’t ever thought of growing. —Corinne Gosnell, Finch House Cottages

By Rebecca Gerendasy
co-founder
Cooking Up a Story
Food.Farmer.Earth.

June 2, 2015

Excerpt:

This food garden tour has 11 different farms participating, of which three are highlighted in the video. Corrine Gosnell, Finch House Cottages grows flowers and fruit trees, Charlene Murdock, who along with her husband Richard White, have an acre urban farm Nana Cardoon Agricultural Learning Gardens. The third urban farm is a young couple, Mark and Rachel, Good Steward Garden, who grow “strawberries, rhubarb, beets, hops (for making beer),

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The modern history of organic terrace gardening in Bengaluru, India

The Extraordinary Aam Aadmi #5: A Vegetable Grower

By m/s TRATSER Technologies Pvt Ltd on behalf of “BOMBAT BENGALURU”, an initiative by Aam Aadmi Party, Karnataka

We found yet another gem of the Bengaluru city, a life savior, Professor Vishwanarth Kadur who explains how chemicalised vegetables & fruits, poison the body causing deadly illnesses. This man found a way around it. He started composting household waste and used the manure to grow his own food on the terrace!

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May 25, 2015   Comments Off on The modern history of organic terrace gardening in Bengaluru, India

Oprah’s short film on Will Allen

Super Soul Original Short: The Urban Farmer Who’s Starting His Own Revolution

Oprah.com
OWN

Will Allen has been a professional athlete and worked in corporate America. Still, he says, being a farmer is the biggest and most rewarding path he could have chosen. Will is the founder of Growing Power, an organization dedicated to teaching people in urban Milwaukee how to grow good food. “We’re only six blocks away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project,” he says.

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Video: Organic Terrace Gardening in India

Full length video documentary ‘Organic Terrace Garden’ – English

By Shramajeevi, Video Productions
Bengaluru – 560 104
Karnataka
India.

Who We Are

We are the one and only successful agricultural documentary film makers for open market sale, in Karnataka,India. We produce documentaries independently on various aspects of Agriculture and allied subjects. We even take up the production of Agricultural Corporate Films on contract. We have all technical facilities and huge visual database for the same.

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May 14, 2015   Comments Off on Video: Organic Terrace Gardening in India

Forthcoming US/Canada launch of ‘Voices of Transition’, a documentary by Nils-Aguilar

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One often-overlooked side effect of small-scale sustainable farming is an increase in satisfaction of living

Note from Annalisa Dorigo

The film deals with community building, resilience and sustainability through urban farming. It draws on the experience of community and organic farming initiatives in France, the UK and Cuba and highlights how environmental and economic challenges to our current food system can be turned into positive stories, help create resilient communities, and to build a future in which soils and people once again support each other in a balanced and sustainable way.

After its theatrical debut in Germany, Austria and Great Britain, we are very excited to now be planning the film’s US and Canada launch at the end of September/early October.

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May 12, 2015   Comments Off on Forthcoming US/Canada launch of ‘Voices of Transition’, a documentary by Nils-Aguilar

‘GMOs… Savior Seeds?’ – episode of VICE on HBO

It airs on Friday, May 8 on HBO at 11pm EST

Hosted by Isobel Yeung
May 2015
The full episode will be available on HBO On Demand and HBO Go.

Genetically modified seeds have been planted around the world and hailed as a solution to global hunger. But these crops, called GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have also sparked heated protest around the world. VICE Correspondent Isobel Yeung traces the path of these super-crops from the headquarters of American agribusiness titan Monsanto to the soy fields of Paraguay.

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May 7, 2015   Comments Off on ‘GMOs… Savior Seeds?’ – episode of VICE on HBO

Video series: New York City’s Experiments with Urban Agriculture

Growing Food.

Can New York City invent a more sustainable, less wasteful food system?

Written By Kate Walker & Keith Mulvihill
on Earth
2015

Kate Walker

Long fascinated by the ways people interact with their environment, Walker earned her master’s degree in natural resources journalism in 2014, during which she singly produced, shot, wrote and edited a 30-minute documentary on the tradeoffs between barge shipping and river ecosystems. The Missouri Compromised aired on Midwest PBS stations. Prior to getting her degree, Walker was a freelance documentary producer based in New York City. Her work has won the Peabody Award and has been nominated for a national science Emmy and the PGA Award.

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‘Inhabit': New documentary by the permaculture community.

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Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan documented over 20 sites in a range of rural, suburban, and urban environments.

May 2015

Inhabit examines permaculture projects on farmland, suburban lawns, urban rooftops, and more. Many expert designers share insights into what permaculture is, and the principles that drive it. The film depicts key permaculture concepts like observation, perennial food production, and closed loops, and it shows real examples of these principles at work. The film is visually beautiful, with great perspectives from close-ups on the soil to sweeping overhead views of farms and cities where permaculture is being practiced. Inhabit is a whirlwind tour of many of the most innovative and successful permaculture installations in America today.

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‘Urban Homesteader’ to be produced by Emmy Award Winners

The Urban Homesteader – Sizzle Reel from Jeannine Glista on Vimeo.

Our long-term goal is to get The Urban Homesteader broadcast nationally on PBS. Our short-term goal is to kick things off by producing 2 webisodes (11 minute web videos) then expanding that to 5 webisodes.

By Derek Markham
TreeHugger
April 23, 2015
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

The Urban Homesteader project, led by a couple of seasoned media professionals who are involved with the popular PBS shows Bill Nye The Science Guy and Biz Kid$, aims to help more people learn to homestead in the city through a series of web videos featuring experts who know their urban homesteading skills and practice them to positive effect on their own little piece of the city.

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An Urban Organic Marijuana Farmer in Vancouver, Washington

Starting a Recreational Marijuana Business- CannaMan Farms from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

Starting a Recreational Marijuana Business: CannaMan Farms

Story and video by Rebecca Gerendasy
Co-founder
Cooking Up a Story
Food.Farmer.Earth.

Excerpt:

April 20, 2015, Vancouver, Washington. Three years ago, at age 42 and fast approaching 20 years in the mortgage business, Brian Stroh, sold his real estate brokerage firm and after careful research decided to dive into the nascent recreational marijuana business.

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‘Tierralismo’ – the story of Cuba’s most successful urban farm, Organopónico Vivero Alamar

TIERRALISMO (2013) clip from Icarus Films on Vimeo.

In the district of Alamar, a 26-acre farming co-op provides employment for dozens of workers

A film by Alejandro Ramirez Anderson
Icarus Films

Excerpt:

“At this moment I’m no longer a doctor. Right now I consider myself a farmer like everyone else.”

On the outskirts of Havana, sandwiched between highways and public housing, a revolution is taking place. Here, in the district of Alamar, a 26-acre farming co-op provides employment for dozens of workers, while producing vegetables and medicinal plants for the local community and beyond.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, Cuba was no longer able to access machinery and agricultural chemicals from its former Communist allies. In this difficult environment, the government relaxed economic rules and allowed the formation of cooperatives like the Organopónico Vivero Alamar.

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April 16, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Tierralismo’ – the story of Cuba’s most successful urban farm, Organopónico Vivero Alamar

‘Seeds of Time’ Documentary Opening in Theaters on May 22

Directed Sandy McLeod
Produced By JD Marlow, Emily Triantaphyllis, Chiemi Karasawa

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler’s journey, and our own, is just beginning. From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, his passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

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April 10, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Seeds of Time’ Documentary Opening in Theaters on May 22

Profile of an Urban Homesteader in Corvallis, Oregon

Profile of an Urban Homesteader from Cooking Up a Story on Vimeo.

As an urban homesteader—she was chosen in 2012 as 1 of 7 “Homesteaders of the Year” by Mother Earth News

By Rebecca Gerendasy
co-founder
Cooking Up a Story
Food.Farmer.Earth.
March 2015

Excerpt:

As Charlyn Ellis explains in the video, she grows a variety of fruits and vegetables on her property and tries to stay within a 100 mile radius of her home to meet her family’s year-round needs. Everything she grows is eaten on a daily basis: “the soft fruits, the herbs, the lettuces, [and] the greens”. In winter, she augments what she needs at other farms, her CSA and at the farmer’s market. Often she eats what’s in season because that’s when foods are fresh and local, and when they’re out of season—like apples from Chile, she feels they don’t taste as sweet, so she says “why bother”?

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March 25, 2015   Comments Off on Profile of an Urban Homesteader in Corvallis, Oregon