Growing Cities is an inspiring documentary about urban farming in America. At a time when so much negative attention is paid to the food system, this film tells the stories of city-dwellers who are transforming their communities--one vacant lot, backyard beehive, and rooftop farm at a time.
Sponsors: Community Environmental Council, Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative, Santa Barbara Food Alliance, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, and the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens.
You can see the trailer here:
Community sponsors of the film will be available after the screening to answer questions about urban farming, community gardens, access to healthy food, and more.
These sponsors represents a network of community groups who work to improve SB County’s food system: the Community Environmental Council (which addresses pressing environmental issues and encourages people to eat local food); the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County (which is ending hunger and changing the health of Santa Barbara County); the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative (which empowers school districts to offer nourishing school meals); the Santa Barbara Food Alliance- (which advocates for a resilient, local food system); the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network (which connects local people to global permaculture); and the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (an educational farm that offers cooking and
According to the film’s producers, “Growing Cities is a film about urban farming in America. At a time when so much negative attention is paid to the food system — from mad cows to factory farms — this film tells the stories of city-dwellers who are transforming their communities one
vacant lot, backyard beehive, and rooftop farm at a time. Along the way these growers show that the urban farming movement is about much more than just the calories we consume and that
everyone can take part in creating a healthier, more just, and sustainable food system.”
The Food Literacy Manager for the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative, Melissa Fontaine, encourages anyone curious about local food or gardening to attend this screening. Fontaine said, “I hope people will come, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show — and then go home and plant a tomato. Santa Barbara County is very fortunate to have agricultural land, and this movie will inspire people to take part in their local food system in a way that benefits our farmers, our health, and our environment. It also happens to be fun and delicious.”
Many film festivals included this film in their selection for 2014, including: Wild and Scenic, Portland Film Festival, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Princeton Film Festival, and more.