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

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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   No Comments

Minneapolis Kids Rap About Urban Agriculture

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(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   No Comments

Bogota, Columbia: She Turned a Massive Garbage Dump Into An Urban Farm

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Bogota: 7,800,000 population. Transformation of a landfill into a farm. school, urban garden

Directed by Fernando Caneque and Paula Serna
Filmed by Daniel Barbosa
Towards the Human City
CAD Productions
(Must see. Mike)

Rosa Evelia Poveda Guerrero, known to her friends and acquaintances as Rosita, is an inspiring and tireless woman who believes in the power of urban agriculture to solve the feeding needs of the urban poor.

In 2003, Rosa found an 1,800-meter dumpsite that was inhabited by homeless beggars in the Eastern hills of Bogotá. Having dreamt about the opportunity of having an urban farm, Rosa decided to look for the owner of this site, who gave it to her under a commodatum (gratuitous loan). Then, she moved into the dumpsite, setting up a provisional camp, and started working with her two sons on cleaning the waste that had been piling up during the past 40 years.

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November 24, 2016   Comments Off on Bogota, Columbia: She Turned a Massive Garbage Dump Into An Urban Farm

‘Stardew Valley’ game puts you on the farm

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You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life.

From their website
Oct 16, 2016

Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!

Features

Turn your overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, grow crops, start an orchard, craft useful machines, and more! You’ll have plenty of space to create the farm of your dreams.

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November 13, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Stardew Valley’ game puts you on the farm

‘The Need To Grow’ Documentary

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The Need To GROW follows innovators of low and high tech solutions to help localize food and regenerate our planet’s dying soils.

By Rob & Ryan
Director/Producer
Earth Conscious Films
Kickstarter
Nov 1, 2016

Excerpt:

Many documentaries before us have done an amazing job highlighting the problems we currently face on this planet. But focusing only on overwhelming environmental issues can feel paralyzing.

‘The Need To Grow’ acknowledges that there is no one magic solution, but we must look at the food industry as a holistic system!

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November 2, 2016   Comments Off on ‘The Need To Grow’ Documentary

New-York: The Big Apple Goes Green

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Link to video. A short documentary on urban agriculture in the city of New York.

Three urban agriculture initiatives, the Earth School in Manhattan, a community garden in Bedford St. and the Science Barge in Yonkers.

By Gaël Link
2014
In English and French
(Must see. Mike)

C’est l’histoire de gens qui s’investissent à l’échelle de leur quartier pour promouvoir l’agriculture urbaine.
Les élèves de la Earth School profitent du jardin potager qui a vu le jour sur le toit de leur école, à manhattan.
Les habitants du quartier de Bedstuy, à Brooklyn, organisent une block party pour célébrer les douze ans du jardin partagé Greene Acres.

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October 20, 2016   Comments Off on New-York: The Big Apple Goes Green

‘FarmHer’ TV Series Features Austin Texas, Urban Farmer, Carol Ann Sayle

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According to the USDA’s most recent census report, the number of women-led farms has tripled over the past four decades and remains one of the fastest-growing groups in the United States.

Photographer and TV host Marji Guyler-Alaniz
RFD-TV’s new series, “FarmHer”

Marji met up with Carol Ann Sayle and her husband Larry at Boggy Creek Farm in Austin, Texas, where they run one of the oldest urban farms in the country. Decades ago this couple — an artist and real estate professional — combined their love of gardening and some good business sense to create their 15-acre urban farm.

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September 22, 2016   Comments Off on ‘FarmHer’ TV Series Features Austin Texas, Urban Farmer, Carol Ann Sayle

City Farmer’s Garden: Who Is Stealing Our Grapes?

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Who Is Stealing Our Grapes? from Michael Levenston on Vimeo.

It’s harvest time but each morning we find our grapes on the ground

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
Sept 8, 2016

We grow delicious, seeded grapes at the Compost Demonstration garden in Vancouver BC. Staff and visitors make grape juice from the fruit. However, at this time of year, just as they ripen, we find grapes scattered on the ground beneath the old vines that grow on a pergola.

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September 8, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Garden: Who Is Stealing Our Grapes?

Aerial Drone Shoots HD Video of the Vancouver Compost Garden

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3. Drone Aerial of Vancouver Compost Garden – Back Garden – Ground to Sky from Michael Levenston on Vimeo.

City Farmer’s Gardens seen from the sky.

Videos by Earl Havlin
August, 2016.
(Must see, Mike)

These six short videos were taken from a drone at 2150 Maple, Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden. The drone aerial views show the portable office and the three main City Farmer Gardens.

Front: The Climate Change Adaption Garden
Middle: Food Producing Compost Garden
Back: Biodiversity, Insectary Garden

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August 28, 2016   Comments Off on Aerial Drone Shoots HD Video of the Vancouver Compost Garden

In New Jersey Gardening Builds Community

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22 minute video special on local community gardens.

By Stephanie Farrell
SNJ Today
Aug 9, 2016

Excerpt:

“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.

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August 16, 2016   Comments Off on In New Jersey Gardening Builds Community

Spain – Garden Inside: Communication, Representation and Transformation in Seville’s Urban Gardens

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Jardin Interior : Garden Inside from Christopher Yap on Vimeo.

A short participatory film made with producers across two urban community gardens in Seville, Spain

Christopher Yap
PhD Candidate and Participatory Video-Maker
Coventry University Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Excerpt:

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.

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August 16, 2016   Comments Off on Spain – Garden Inside: Communication, Representation and Transformation in Seville’s Urban Gardens

Documentary explores Hantz Farms ‘Land Grab’ in Detroit

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“Land Grab” features interviews and footage — including some impressive drone shots — mostly collected between 2013 and 2015.

By Gus Burns
Live
July 24, 2016

Excerpt:

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.”

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July 29, 2016   Comments Off on Documentary explores Hantz Farms ‘Land Grab’ in Detroit

Haiti: Urban Agriculture – UN Web-TV

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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.

Link here.

July 28, 2016   Comments Off on Haiti: Urban Agriculture – UN Web-TV

The Grand ‘Beedapest’ Hotel – the world’s first luxury bee hotel

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(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

Excerpts;

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.

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July 13, 2016   Comments Off on The Grand ‘Beedapest’ Hotel – the world’s first luxury bee hotel

US public television show “Backyard Farmer” has been on the air for 64 years

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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.

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June 8, 2016   Comments Off on US public television show “Backyard Farmer” has been on the air for 64 years