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Urban Roots

Posted by: amy on July 08, 2011

Image credit: Urban Roots Film

Urban Roots, directed by Mark McInnis and distributed by Tree Media Group, is a new documentary on the emergence of urban farming in Detroit.

From the Press Release (Tree Media):

Urban Roots is the story of a group of dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally-grown, sustainably farmed food in a city where people -- as in much of the county -- have found themselves cut off from real food and limited to the lifeless offerings of fast food chains, mini-marts, and grocery stores stocked with processed food from thousands of miles away. The people of Detroit have taken on the enormous task of changing this for themselves, and to under-stand their story is to understand how we can change it for us all.

...The film follows the inspiring stories of several agricultural programs, each one designed to address a specific issue. Not only are the organizations amazingly productive and emotionally driven, but the people tilling the soil and picking the harvest have fantastic stories to tell.

...While the documentary is the primary medium used to spread the message of urban farming, plans are already in motion to take the movement further. Beyond the film, a website will be created to build an online community around the film and its participants. This website will serve as a resource for people around the world to find information on important social and environmental topics such as food security, sustainability, and how to get involved.

Click here to learn more and to watch a trailer for the film.

Urban Roots will screen at the following events and organizations this month:

For more updates, visit Urban Roots on Facebook and Twitter.

Grounds For Change has profiled a number of Midwestern urban agriculture organizations, including Urban Farming (Detroit, MI) and Growing Power (Milwaukee, WI).  Click to learn more and view slideshows from these Precedents.

Leave us a comment to let us know what you think of Urban Roots!  How might similar agriculture and education programs thrive in your community?

Image credit: Urban Roots Film