By Jim Carey
Growing Cities is a film about the success of urban farming in America. Part road trip movie and part feel-good documentary, this film weaves together urban farmers’ stories in over 20 cities in the US. It’s a great watch, offering valuable information on sustainable farming systems and how you can get involved in providing local and nutritious foods to your community.
Mon, Jul 27, 1pm
Hotel Quinta Loreto
What inspired OccupySMA to take on this topic were all the North Americans who seem to be doing the same thing here in our city. I asked our friend Deb why she wanted to have a small urban plot. She said, “I always had a garden living in the States. Here I don’t have much of a garden area, especially where there is sun … only on my front patio (concrete). So when I saw Luc’s “Urban Garden Workshop” a few years ago, I decided to check it out. Very informative and fun! Making a vegetable garden in tubs. I buy the 10 pesos seedlings from Maya and Luc at Casa Colectiva and watch them grow! It’s so easy to just step out my door and pick different greens for a salad.”
In their search for similar answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette travel across the US from Omaha, Nebraska (where they live), to Berkeley, San Francisco, Seattle, Milwaukee, Boston, New York, Austin, and a dozen other places.
They explore the history of urban farming, which originated in San Francisco. During World War II there was a food shortage which led to the creation of victory gardens in schools and other vacant lots in the community in order to feed soldiers on the home front. These gardens remain plentiful to this day and have served as inspiration for new and unique methods of growing crops in urban areas. In Chicago, abandoned meat packing plants have been transformed into hubs for aquaponics systems to grow fish and plants.
They meet and talk with the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food. The film provides a window into these wonderful creative people who are transforming our communities. In following the filmmakers’ journey cross-country, viewers are prompted to reimagine what’s possible in cities and inspired to create “growing cities” of their own: one patio, one window, one rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time.
Join our discussion as we discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities. All of our events are free.