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Documentary to Highlight Those Finding Solutions to Hunger, Poverty, Landlessness

Originally published in Food Tank


A documentary film adapted from the book Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé launched on Kickstarter in May 2017.

Fifteen years after the book’s original publication in 2002, Luis Medina, a graduate Food Studies student at New York University, hopes to bring these stories to the screen by traveling through four continents to discover people who find solutions to hunger, poverty, and landlessness in their communities.

“These stories need to be shared now more than ever. At this point in history, people fear for their democracy. Film has the power to engage our senses and compel us to act in ways a book does not,” says the director. “I believe all people want to make a positive difference in the world, to be of something bigger and life serving, but so often we are afraid and feel powerless. “Hope’s Edge” seeks to inspire us to take action by showing regular people around the world doing what we never thought possible.”

The book itself was a follow-up to Frances Moore Lappé’s 1971 bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, which challenged the idea that society needs to produce more food to feed the world.

According to the Friends of the Earth report Farming for the Future, we produce enough food to feed 10 billion people. Still, as consequence of a model of food production which significantly contributes to climate change, environmental degradation, and poor diets, around 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger.

Hunger is not caused by a scarcity in food, it’s caused by a scarcity in democracy and unequal access to land, water, credit, and fair markets, preventing people from acquiring the resources necessary to feed themselves.

“Hope’s Edge” finds new spaces for people to find the courage to take action by showing others effecting change, challenging inequalities, and finding solutions to hunger, poverty, and landlessness around the world.

Click here for the “Hope’s Edge” Kickstarter campaign.

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Get to Know Our Finalists!

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We are now in the last week of of People’s Choice Voting and can hardly believe that our Real Food Films 2016 winners will be announced next week.

While you wait patiently for May 2, make sure that you have read up on the cinematographers, directors and producers that made this year possible. We are honored to showcase these then all-star films, and are grateful for all of the filmmakers’ hard work to shift the narrative on food, farming + sustainability.

Visit our Film Library and click through to a short to learn more about the faces behind the films!

 

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Food Chains wins #DocImpact Award

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Congratulations to our Real Food Films Advisor, Sanjay Rawal, and his production team for winning the 2016 Doc Impact Award! This award celebrates documentary films that have the greatest impact on society.

This accolade is well deserved, Food Chains is one of the most spectacular films to expose the realities of farm labor in America, the power behind the $4 trillion global supermarket industry, and the revolutionary work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

For more information on the film, and to learn how you can take action, click here.

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Food & Wine Blog: A Meditation on the Importance of Seeds

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The next installment in our partnership with Food & Wine Magazine.

by Fiona Ruddy

The Gift chronicles Canadian farmer and seed pioneer Dan Janson. Poetically filmed and directed by Jean-Marc Abela, this short film is a poignant reminder of beauty hidden in the smallest places.

With Valentine’s Day nipping at our heels, surrounded by temptations of far-flung diamonds or flowers, this film is a Zen-like prompt to slow down and focus on the gifts all around us. The diminutive nature of seeds masks their power: As Janson recounts with awe, one Amaranth plant can house a quarter of a million seeds.

Janson asks viewers to pause and think of the humble seed grower, the individuals quietly keeping biodiversity alive. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, just twelve seed varieties supply three quarters of the food that nourishes the planet—a scary sign of biodiversity loss. Janson and his comrades around the world—these heroic seed savers—are trying to reverse this troubling trend.

Instead of that box of chocolate or a dangly delight, we advocate for giving the gift of seeds to your loved ones this February, and passing on the gift of life. For some great ideas, visit Janson’s website saltspringseeds.com.

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Real Food Films Hero Featured on National Public Radio

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“In this food desert where it is easier to buy liquor than lettuce, he’s helping students grow a garden inside his fourth floor classroom.”

The Real Food Films team was thrilled to see Stephen Ritz, of the Green Bronx Machine, featured as one of National Public Radio’s 50 Great Teachers.

Listen to the NPR piece, and to watch Mr. Ritz and his students in action – check out the 2014 film from the Real Food Films archive, winner of the People’s Choice category!

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Food & Wine Blog: Meet the Workers Picking Your Berries

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The next installment in our partnership with Food & Wine Magazine. 

by Fiona Ruddy

On September 28, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules to protect farmworkers from on-the-job exposure to hazardous pesticides. These long overdue rules help protect the workers most at risk from these toxic chemicals in our fields. The new regulations, adding essential protections for farm workers, are a small win in the larger efforts to value and protect the 2 million Americans who grow the food we eat—the food that makes us thrive.

In Our Work Is Life, the Real Food Media Contest’s 2015 winner for best underreported issue, viewers meet some of these workers at the heart of our food system. As one worker says: “The work we’re doing is life—the life of the entire country.” The film tells the story of farm workers in the Northwest who pick berries that can be found throughout our food chain, from Häagen-Dazs ice cream to Driscoll’s distribution to big box grocery chains.

Coming together to voice their concerns for better working conditions, these farm workers created Familias Unidas Por La Justicia (Families United for Justice). To take action, Familias Unidas launched a boycott against Sakumas Brothers Berry, a company they charge is paying poverty wages and perpetuating substandard, openly hostile working conditions. The film is ultimately a rallying cry for all of us—whether we’re digging into a pint of delicious ice cream or devouring berries by the handful—to think about the workers who helped bring those berries to us and find out what we can do to speak up for their dignity.

For more information about the hands that feed us and ways to support farmworkers, please visit voicesofthefoodchain.com.

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Food & Wine Blog: Appreciating the Hands That Feed Us

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The next installment in our partnership with Food & Wine Magazine. 

How often do you think about the actual hands that feed you, those belonging to the people who make your meals? If you were the typical American eater, even a few years ago the answer was probably not at all. But that is changing. There is a movement afoot to connect eaters with workers all along the food chain, from celebrity chefs to restaurant workers behind the kitchen door to farmers and farm workers in the field. The Department of Agriculture now even has a Know Your Farmer Know Your Food program.

In Hands in the Orchestra, Kevin Longa chronicles the multicultural kitchens of the San Francisco Bay Area. Longa connects us with the passionate immigrant chefs and food entrepreneurs who serve as community anchors. These are the hands that feed us. Unfortunately, these workers are often exploited and paid poverty wages.

Longa’s short film serves as a rhythmic call to celebrate and honor the food workers nourishing our communities, a call for us eaters to look behind the kitchen doors and get to know the people who make our food.

For more information about the hands that feed us and ways to celebrate these workers, please visit voicesofthefoodchain.com.

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FWx Blog: Planting Self Determination and Peace in the Republic of Congo

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Below is a teaser for our second installment in a short series featured on the FWx blog, in partnership with Food & Wine Magazine.

by Fiona Ruddy

Since its independence in 1960 the Republic of Congo—-not to be confused with its larger neighbor to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo — has suffered decades of violence and uneven development. The country broke into a full-scale civil war in 1993 and again in 1997. It wasn’t until the late 2000s that over 200,000 internally displaced people were able return home and rebuild their lives that had been upended by conflict.

Filmmaker Austin Haeberle chronicles this ongoing transition to peace and the rejuvenation of civil society in the 2015 Real Food Media Contest’s People’s Choice winner, Mama Adrienne. In this film, we see the heart of this post-conflict healing—not in large-scale development but in something much smaller: seeds. Haeberle tells the story of Louhounou Adrienne, the charismatic force behind a community garden project established with support from the United Nations.

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FWx Blog: One Farmer’s Story of Discovering Humane Livestock Slaughter

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Below is a teaser for our first installment in a short series featured on the FWx blog, in partnership with Food & Wine Magazine.

In Soft Slaughter, director Allison Milligan takes viewers behind the scenes into the world of humane slaughter. Butcher Mary Lake, of Vermont’s The Royal Butcher, narrates a literal and philosophical tour of the slaughterhouse floor and the growing movement to produce “ethical meat.”

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, over 88% of hogs in the United States are slaughtered in industrial-scale operations with livestock raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). These factory farms house animals in inhumanely tight quarters, causing stress and disease among herds and flocks. Their overuse of antibiotics breeds dangerous resistance; they cause water and air pollution; the list goes on.

But all around the country, bucking incentives from the USDA, farmers and butchers are embracing more humane and ecologically sound methods of animal husbandry, even slaughter.

Read (and watch) the full story here.

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Food Day / Film Day – October 24

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What are YOU doing this Food Day?

Food Day — a national day of action to spark conversation and promote real food policy change — is this Saturday. For our friends in the San Francisco Bay Area we are excited to share an event organized by EatDrinkFilms to celebrate great food with great films.

The EatDrinkFilms Food Day / Film Day Festival will pair films with tastings from local food purveyors. The festival kicks off with a selection of “Celluloid Appetizers,” short films from the Real Food Films Contest. The “Celluloid Appetizers” event is free and open to the public, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Exploratorium.

The festival will continue all day at The Roxie with the San Francisco premier of three films – In Defense of Food, El Somni and The Ways of Wine. For more information and tickets, click here

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Whiskey + Pizza + Bite-Sized Food Films

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An Evening to Celebrate Real Food Media

Thank you to everyone who joined last night’s sold out crowd in celebration of Real Food Media. It was an honor to come together over two of our favorite things – whiskey + pizza – and dig deeper into our food system while sparking creative change.

If you missed the event we suggest you pour yourself a stiff beverage, order a pie from your favorite local pizzeria, and queue up some standout films from the 2015 Real Food Films Contest finalists: Food, Our Work Is Life, and Verrückt: The Snail Farmer of Vienna

Now dim the lights and you are ready to recreate the magical evening on Gather’s patio!

Thank you to our friends at Gather and Hudson Whiskey for your generous and delicious contributions that made the evening possible.

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The Textbook Farmer | Film Library Review

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Featured Guest Post by Zulakha Iqbal, Small Planet Institute intern


It’s just two wheels and some metal strewn together, but for some it embodies economic stability, access to education, and a hopeful future.

Farming is just about planting crops and raising animals to outsiders, but for farmers, tending to the land is an intricate, demanding, and risky business.

Often, one sees only the simplistic character instead of the complex nature and everlasting effects of entities such as a bike or farming.

That is what we can learn from The Textbook Farmer and filmmakers, brothers Benjamin and Jacob-Siegel, and their work with World Bicycle Relief.

What started as a project on the organization known as World Bicycle Relief, turned into a short film with an even deeper message once they stumbled upon a Zambian farmer named Benjamin and his inspiring story. Before digging into the wise words of Benjamin, the economist/dairy farmer, let’s take a minute to focus on the original intention of the filmmakers, explaining the work of World Bicycle Relief and how they change lives on a daily basis. If you’re interested in learning even more about the transformative effect of a single bicycle take a peek at their groundbreaking film, With My Own Two Wheels. You can watch the whole thing here.

World Bicycle Relief is a Chicago-based international non-profit organization that operates a bicycle distribution program that helps to reduce poverty and build communities in developing countries. Armed with the knowledge and statistical proof that communities in Africa and Sri Lanka experienced a more than 30% increase in income as a result of owning a bike, the organization aims to provide well-designed reliable bikes to impoverished communities that can use them in a variety of ways to improve their overall quality of life.

For example, World Bicycle Relief reserves 70% of their bikes for the Educational Empowerment Program for girls who face extreme challenges in order to access education due to household chores, personal safety, and early marriages. The bikes improve access to schools for teachers and students with proven success rates.

The Textbook Farmer 2Along with education, the program also helps out local farmers. Those living in rural areas can avoid walking long distances and ultimately decrease their travel time with a bike instead of paying for expensive transportation. This is a significant plight for farmers who must take their goods to sell in more populous areas. The bikes carry up to 220 lbs., enabling dairy farmers like Benjamin to be able to transport their products to distant co-ops.

However, The Textbook Farmer takes us on a more personal journey with the story of a man who offers us a unique lens and differing perspective. Benjamin, the focus of the film, is a trained economist with a Master’s degree from Australia. Upon returning to Zambia and not being able to find a job that suited his interests, he took up dairy farming. The way Benjamin’s words resonate in the few minutes of the film is so astounding that it’s no surprise that the makers of the film also found a need to focus on him.

Not only is one intrigued by Benjamin’s journey to dairy farming despite his international education, but also we are pushed into further contemplation when Benjamin himself challenges us on this notion. Why should we find an educated farmer to be a surprise? Why do we find ourselves upset that Benjamin ‘has to be’ a dairy farmer because he couldn’t find a job that suited him? According to Benjamin, we’re wrong.

“I’m a practicing economist, just in the dairy industry,” Benjamin explains as he goes over the analytics he employs in operating his farm such as cost-benefit analysis and other economic terms you would find being employed by a firm. As one of the filmmakers, Jacob Seigel-Boettner explained to me, Benjamin’s story forces us to “Reshape what jobs we see as valued by society.” Important work like farming and other blue-collar jobs have been increasingly looked down on in society in comparison with the corporate world.

Although it’s set in Zambia, the global message Benjamin exudes is one of humility and self-reflection to understand that the measurements of success are not as simple as we thought. In less than four minutes the film will have you questioning your own definition of success, hence why it is certainly worth a watch, and a visit to World Bicycle Relief to learn more about enabling farmers and communities in developing nations.

Closing with Benjamin’s own iconic words, regardless of your education, job, or background, “You are the master of your own destiny.” No matter your stance on the correlation between status and success, this is one statement most of us would find ourselves agreeing with.

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ZULAKHA IQBAL is currently a senior at Boston University, where she is pursuing a degree in international relations with a minor in history. During the course of her internship at Small Planet, Zulakha is excited to gain more knowledge about sustainable food practices and how environmental policy plays a major role in the fight against global poverty and hunger. She also regularly contributes as a translator of Urdu articles to an index of foreign publications. Zulakha enjoys playing the violin, going to concerts, spending time at the beach, and working on future business endeavors.

 

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers Launches Fair Food Label

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There is a trifecta of big food justice news happening today from our coalition (Coalition of Immokalee Workers), advisors (Sanjay Rawal, Director of Food Chains), and media partners (Food Day) – and we hope you’re as excited as we are.

Food Chains is joining in Food Day by working with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to officially launch their Fair Food Program Label.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Standards Council have officially released a label to help shoppers identify which tomatoes come from ethical farms.

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The label, designed by Pinkwater & Putman will be available to all grocery stores and restaurants that participate in the Fair Food Program. Participants in the Fair Food Program pay one more penny per pound when they buy Florida tomatoes to increase wages for farm workers. They also commit to a worker-created Code of Conduct to ensure safe working conditions and prevent forced labor, sexual harassment and child labor in the fields.

“We have waited nearly five years before revealing this label to the world today,” said Cruz Salucio of the CIW.  “Over those years, we have been doing the hard, day-by-day work of building the Fair Food Program in Florida’s fields — educating workers about their rights, investigating complaints, and identifying and eliminating bad actors and bad practices — so that today we can stand behind the fair conditions and effective monitoring process that this label represents.  We couldn’t be more proud of this label because it symbolizes the new day for workers in agriculture that we, as farmworkers and in partnership with consumers across the country, have fought so hard to make real,” said Cruz Salucio of the CIW.

Whole Foods will be the first member of the Fair Food Program to display the label in their stores, starting with the South Eastern Region.

Starting this month, the Fair Food Program Label will be available in select grocery stores and restaurants that participate in the Fair Food Program.  You can look for this label, which guarantees that the tomatoes you are buying are from farms participating in the Fair Food Program. Participating companies commit to pay one more penny per pound of tomatoes, which translates into better wages for workers.  Most importantly, these companies only purchase tomatoes from farms that ensure the basic human rights of the men and women in the fields, including the right to safe working conditions, to water and shade, and to work free of sexual violence and forced labor.

The label is the result of the Fair Food Program, which was created out of the success of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)’s Campaign for Fair Food. The founders of the CIW were recently honored with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, and presented the award by Eva Longoria.

Longoria has been a longtime supporter of farmworkers including the CIW and the Fair Food Program, and recently executive-produced a documentary film on their work, entitled Food Chains.

Food Chains follows the CIW as they peacefully protest large grocery store and fast food chains to call on them to join the Fair Food Program. There are currently 12 retail food giants participating in the program, including McDonald’s, Whole Foods, Subway, Chipotle, and Walmart. This is what it will take to bring humane living conditions and fair wages to the workers.

“The Fair Food Label is a historic moment for both consumers and for workers. In an era when there is so much interest in food, this label will allow consumers to know that the products it represents were picked by people treated well and paid fairly,” said Food Chains director and advisor to the Real Food Media Contest, Sanjay Rawal.

In support of the label launch, the filmmakers have released a sneak peak of the film, available here.

Food Chains, which stars Eva Longoria, Eric Schlosser, and members of the CIW, will open in theaters nationwide, distributed by Screen Media, on November 21,. It will also be released on iTunes on November 21st and VOD starting November 27, Thanksgiving Day, and in a Spanish language version.

Learn more about Food Chains and how to support Fair Food locally at foodchainsfilm.com and on Facebook and Twitter. 

 

View and download the Food Chains trailer:

Food Chains – Trailer from Screen Media Films on Vimeo.

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2015 Real Food Media Contest Winner to be debuted at TEDxManhattan: March 7, 2015

Since its first year in 2011, TEDxManhattan has been creating a powerful platform for stories about innovations in food businesses and sourcing (are insects the future of food?), providing critical information about food workers and what’s happening behind the kitchen door, and – perhaps most importantly – uniting the many growing voices intersecting around issues of fair, safe, and sustainable food to take action and change policy. To date, its videos have now been watched nearly six million times. Our very own Contest founder, Anna Lappé, was a part of the lineup of speakers in 2013.

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TEDxManhattan is a project of Change Food, a non-profit organization helping to shift the U.S. food supply to a regional, sustainable food system where healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all. As founder of both, Diane Hatz is building a powerful connection between education and action. Diane believes that together, we can do more – she’s seen it in action. She believes the only way we’re going to create real change in the food system is by building bridges – this is how we will be even more successful in building momentum to amplify the impact and reach of this swelling food movement.

(We couldn’t agree more.)

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2015 Real Food Media Contest will be debuted at TEDxManhattan this year.

 

 

Confirmed speakers for the 2015 event include:

  • Joel Berg, Executive Director, NYC Coalition Against Hunger
  • Henry Hargreaves, Photographer
  • Kendra Kimbirauskas, CEO, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
  • Nikiko Masumoto, Masumoto Family Farm
  • Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group
  • Danielle Nierenberg, Co-Founder and President, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank
  • Ali Partovi, Angel investor/advisor, Facebook, DropBox, Flixster, Break Media, Causes, Farmigo & more
  • Stefanie Sacks, Culinary Nutritionist, author, host, “Stirring the Pot” radio show on Hamptons NPR
  • Anim Steel, Director, Real Food Generation
  • Marcel Van Ooyen, Executive Director, GrowNYC

Can’t be at the event in Manhattan? Host a viewing party!

The full day of talks will be webcast live from NYC, providing access to viewers worldwide. There is no fee associated with hosting an official viewing party, just compliance with TED’s rules. The day is scheduled to allow viewing parties time to hold discussions, bring in local speakers, and sample local foods. Learn more at www.tedxmanhattan.org.

More information on remaining speakers and the TEDxManhattan program will be provided as details are finalized.

Read the press release here.

Change Food is a media partner with the Real Food Media Contest – don’t miss out on all the great resources through newsletters, the Guide to Good Food blog, and upcoming events with Change Food.

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Under the Mango Tree

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We have big respect for Katrina and the team behind Under the Mango Tree – this story and the services the clinic provides are absolutely critical. Let’s support our community-based storytellers, folks. If you can help push them to the finish line with your support, please do! And as always, spread the word.

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Before David Abdulai reached the age of 10, he lost both parents and all ten siblings to poverty-related diseases. He survived the streets of Tamale, Ghana by scrounging in trash bins and sleeping in the dirt. With fierce determination, he put himself through high school and eventually graduated from medical school. He returned to Tamale to found Shekhinah Clinic in 1991. The following year, he launched a meals-on-wheels program that now feeds over 150 of the town’s destitute each day, most of whom suffer from mental illness. The program has created peace in the town and is just one of the programs at Shekhinah, which provides unconditionally free medical care to anyone who needs it, no questions asked.

Watch the video above to meet Dr. Abdulai and see the food program in action.

The clinic has limited access to resources, relying only on spontaneous donations from inspired visitors. Since the economy tanked, they receive fewer donations. The goal of this film is to create a lasting piece of media that can be used by multiple parties – the clinic, nonprofits, student activists, etc.  to tell the story of the clinic and inspire viewers to donate to its critical work. 

We’ve raised significant funds already and just need one extra push to get this project off the ground. We have traveled to Ghana and finished shooting the film, and now we’re ready for post-production – all the technical components that it takes to make this story shine.

The Director/Producer of Under the Mango Tree, Katrina Moore, was so inspired by Dr. Abdulai and the clinic staff that she has spent the past 1.5 years bringing this story to the screen. The goal is to edit the film to about 25 minutes to be used for the clinic’s fundraising and outreach efforts.

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This film can make a huge difference to Shekhinah Clinic’s staff and patients. Storytelling is a powerful persuasion, and sharing the story of Dr. Abdulai and the clinic can unlock doors for funding and partnerships worldwide – partnerships that could sustain the clinic for generations to come. This story must be told, and we need $10,000 to get us over that last hump. The funds will be used to pay all of the talented and skilled people involved in finishing this film, and your contribution will get us there. For a film, even a short one, $10,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the millions poured into big-budget documentaries. 

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Let’s Get Growing Cities on PBS!

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by Dan Susman – Director, Growing Cities

Most of us have heard about the problems in agriculture, from GMOs and CAFOs to aging farmers and mad cows. But, what all these acronyms and stats don’t add up to is change. So, about four years ago, my friend Andrew Monbouquette and I decided it was time to showcase positive stories of people transforming the food system from the ground up. And this is what our inspiring new documentary film, Growing Cities, is all about.

The film follows us as we travel the US, visiting the people who are challenging the way this country grows its food, one vacant city lot and backyard chicken coop at a time. From Detroit to Des Moines we’ve found urban agriculture has remarkable power on many levels—it connects people to their food, strengthens communities, revitalizes blighted areas and much more.

With 80% of our population now considered urban, we have a unique challenge of educating people about farming, when we’ve moved further away from it than ever. In fact, I believe one of the biggest obstacles we face in bringing good food to the table of public consciousness is the stories we tell.


You can help Dan and Growing Cities spread good food stories to millions on PBS by supporting their Kickstarter

After four years traveling around the country we know there are good food heroes in every community. Nonetheless, most people only know about the celebrity foodies, like Michael Pollan, Will Allen, and Alice Waters – who, don’t get me wrong, are all doing incredible work, but it’s important for people understand, the work of the good food movement can and is happening everywhere.

While many are still flocking to the good food movement’s hotbeds, like the Bay Area and New York City, more and more farmers and good food advocates are putting down roots in their own smaller hometowns. For instance, in Omaha, Nebraska, where I’m from, a collective of young people came together to form Big Muddy Urban Farm, which has a 25-member CSA and grows on vacant lots throughout the city. In the heart of industrial farming country, these farmers are a wonderful example for residents, many of whom don’t know a CSA from a GMO — which, let’s be honest, is probably true for a majority of Americans.

To me, this is our blueprint for changing the food system— we must branch out and work in the places that need it most, often in our own backyards. As Eugene Cook, a farmer in Atlanta, says in the film, “Grow something: grow where you are.”

Please help Growing Cities spread these inspiring farmers’ stories to millions on PBS! Learn more and donate on their Kickstarter page: www.kck.st/1kDfhgP

 

Meet the Filmmaker

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Dan Susman (Director, Growing Cities): Dan has lived, breathed, and eaten urban agriculture over the past three years making Growing Cities. He has visited countless urban farms and food projects across the country and worked with many leaders in the sustainable agriculture movement. He is also the co-founder of Truck Farm Omaha, an edible education project which teaches local youth about sustainable farming and healthy foods.  

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