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Documentary: “Food Cartographers” track food growing in the wild in cities

The conclusion of Welty’s Boulder study is that residents could get their produce from urban agriculture five to six months a year.

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester
Dec 16, 2014


Last week, FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films published the first in a series of short documentaries called The Collectors, profiles of people who use data in innovative ways. “Cartographers of the Edible World” introduced Evan Welty and Caleb Phillips, who built an open-source, user-generated website that catalogs the location of edible plants all over the world. When the two men met, Phillips was interested in technology for social organizing. Welty was using publicly available data to map arable land. They both had maps for personal use that helped them forage food from city parks and public spaces in Boulder, Colorado, where they live.

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December 17, 2014   Comments Off

Norwegian TV Show: “Farmer in the City”


Farmers attempt to teach urban families how respect for agriculture can make their lives better

TBI Vision
The show: Farmer in the City
The producer: Strix Television
The distributor: DRG Formats
The broadcaster: TV2 (Norway)
(Must see. Mike)

Farmer in the City follows three farmers as they enter cities to meet families with “terrible” attitudes to good food and healthy living. Gardens and fridges are investigated before the farmer sets the family tasks such as creating a chicken coop or growing their own food, with a larger task following. Later, the farmer returns to see if the intervention has led to lasting change.

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November 25, 2014   Comments Off

“Just Eat It” – Watch full movie on-line!

See the full movie here.

Have you ever fed your grandmother food from a dumpster?

Knowledge Network
75 minutes, 2014

Jen Rustemeyer has. She and her life/business partner, Grant Baldwin, have spent the last few years wading through garbage – sometimes literally, but also in a broader philosophical sort of way.

In their first documentary, The Clean Bin Project, the B.C. couple committed to living as waste-free as possible for one year, to buying no more landfill-bound stuff. This idea resonated with people. Rustemeyer and Baldwin were invited to schools to complete waste audits and were blown away by how much perfectly good food was being tossed in a country where 1 in 10 people is food insecure.

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November 16, 2014   Comments Off

Documentary ‘Symphony of the Soil’ online until October 10

See the complete video on this page until October 10.

Extols the Importance and Mystery of Soil

By Dr. Mercola
Oct 1, 2014


One of Earth’s greatest treasures is soil, without which we could not survive. Soil is the mother of nearly all plant life, and ultimately, all animal life on this planet. It’s the interface between biology and geology—the living skin of the earth.

A new documentary, “Symphony of the Soil,” extols the importance and mystery of soil, as discussed by some of the world’s most esteemed scientists, farmers, and activists.1 This visually stunning film reveals how the future of humankind largely depends on how well we care for this vital natural resource.

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October 7, 2014   Comments Off

100 Fruits and Vegetables Balanced on Dog’s Head in 100 Seconds

Took hundreds of biscuits and four months to film

Cute Dog Maymo balances 100 different fruits & vegetables on his head in 100 seconds. Taking hundreds of biscuits and four months to film (as well as some inspiration from Irish hat designer Philip Treacy), here is the finished video of Maymo the lemon beagle balancing 100 colorful fruits & vegetables on his head. Some of the items are styled to look like hats and others to look downright ridiculous on Maymo, who waits patiently for his biscuit which dangles just slightly off camera.

September 10, 2014   Comments Off

Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems – Documenting urban agriculture in San Diego:

Documentary series exploring community food systems and a modern USA urban land reform movement.

By Media Arts Center San Diego
Sept 2014

Documenting the growth of urban agriculture and local food systems in several underserved San Diego neighborhoods, including some populated by recent refugees, this interactive multimedia project will examine how communities are developing creative responses to the issues of hunger, limited access to healthy food, underemployment, and urban blight. Short video stories narrated by urban gardeners will be produced and uploaded to a website; the website and its contents, including a “storymap,” will be accessible by mobile devices through QR codes.

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September 3, 2014   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

Food Forward: Urban Agriculture Across America – TV Series

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   Comments Off

‘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.­os


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.

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
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