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Food, a Vehicle of Liberation

A Baltimore group is asserting the right of the urban poor to fresh healthy food, produced and consumed locally & equitably.

Reconnecting With The Land

What do green spaces mean to people living in cities? What happens when urban areas have no gardens, parks or even trees growing in neighbourhoods? Can individuals and communities do anything to make things better? Here are some answers from New York City.

EnlightenMINT

With applications in cuisine and in health, this all-pervasive herb is easy to grow and maintain. Learn how to take care of it and add its spice to your life.

Food Desert Turned Oasis

Bonton - one of the oldest African American communities in Dallas - that once faced racial inequities in education, health and employment, turns to a new chapter redefining the lives of its community members.

Of the Community, By the Community, For the Community

New York based organisation, Harlem Grown, has been transforming lives by incorporating urban farming practices while engaging entire communities and schools in order to create sustainable change. The movement was influenced by factors such as the crisis of food insecurity and institutional disparities among communities though the organisation continues to achieve so much more.

Motown to Growtown: Detroit’s Urban Farmers (First screened in 2012, and a 2019 update)

Residents of the US city of Detroit are now producing organic food locally, reducing the environmental footprint of their food by cutting down on carbon emissions from transport and on chemical inputs. They are also helping revive communities as new green spaces and farmer's...

The Refugee Gardens of Clarkston, Georgia, USA

The city of Clarkston, Georgia, located in a pocket of the Atlanta metropolis characterized by strip malls, auto-body shops and cheap low-rise apartments, has been called the most diverse square mile in America. Designated as a refugee resettlement area in the eighties, Clarkston accepts...

Growing Food In A Suburban Garden Restores Vital Connection To Nature

All her life, Jane Griffiths knew that growing her own food made economic and environmental sense. "My mom grew up on a farm in East Griqualand and I spent plenty of time there when I was young," she says. "The farm was almost completely self-sufficient...

Black Farmers Reviving Their African Roots

Xavier Brown formed a partnership with Boe Luther and Wallace Kirby, two gardeners from Ward 7 who started Hustlaz 2 Harvesters to offer people released from incarceration ways out of poverty into urban agriculture careers and other social enterprises. Brown, a certified master composter...

Feeding the Future of Agriculture with Vertical Farming

Field farming requires labour, amenable weather conditions, adequate sunshine for photosynthesis, irrigation, and often pesticides to protect crops. Vertical farming, a term coined by Dickson Despommier, is the practice of producing food in vertically-stacked layers. These “farms” make use of enclosed structures like warehouses and...