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Food on Film: The Garden

By Amanda Yates, April 8, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Amanda Yates

filmfestheaderBelinda Gross is our randomly selected winner of the $25 gift card. Thanks everyone for your entries! Have you watched The Garden? Read on for a chance to win a $25 gift card. 151 films about food shown in 30 days… that’s what the Let’s Retake Our Plates Film Series is all about.  Find a showing of one of these films in your area. Ashley Gibbons, Marketing Supervisor at our Arroyo store in Pasadena loves eating food other people have cooked at home. When left to her own devices however, a monstrous salad and Murphy’s Stout usually hit the spot. Here's her review of The Garden:
After the riots in 1992, the city of Los Angeles gave the community of South Central 14 acres of land to create a healing garden. And it prospered, and healed, and was the largest urban farm in the country. And then the city bulldozed it. For the group of farmers, who were mostly immigrants of Latin America, this was one more time that government officials were intruding, and silencing them. But this time, they organized, they fought, they stuck together to hold on to their rights. This movie follows the farmers, from garden to city hall, watching the team organize, dispute, rally, and eventually… well, I won't ruin the end. But you can guess what happens to the farm. However, the story is in the people. It’s the realization that together, as a community, and more often as a family, the strength of their voice rises, and they won't take no for an answer. The Garden really is the Eden inside a city landscape of grey, concrete, transit. In the city that is famous for greed, personal gain, and urban flight, the farmers show a different side, a side more of us know and more of us are seeking. A community that knows each other, that supports each other, that stands together for a belief in fresh, good food for all, no matter where you call home.
Have you watched The GardenPost a review in the comments below by April 14th for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

 

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Lynda Byrnes says ...
What a powerful short video. For LA to donate then retake the community garden is a huge breoch of justice. It provided people with a way to connect and support themselves nutritionally and spiritually. The person who said "this is what should be in ever city in America" was the one who knew what he was talking about. Bless the gardeners.
04/08/2010 7:28:17 AM CDT
Edward says ...
It brought tears to my eyes.
04/08/2010 8:08:20 AM CDT
Lin Le says ...
very moving, the good fight. When it comes down to politics, it really has to do with who has more money to influence the politicians. They will bulldoze every last inch of the Earth just so they can claim they are bringing the 'jobs'.
04/08/2010 8:11:34 AM CDT
Janet Stevenson says ...
This is a disgrace! How can something so dear, something so ALIVE , be held in the threads of uncertainty like this? Gardens DO heal. Gardens DO teach. Gardens do bring ALL people together...just like a kitchen. Gardens feed MORE than our bellies. I will tell people about this. Thanks.
04/08/2010 8:31:36 AM CDT
Hadda says ...
OMG!!! What the city did was soo wrong! Especially if most of them were immigrants. It's just another way of racism. It's like the city was saying, "we don't want you here, so let me take away the little piece of heaven you already have here so you could just leave." They are being a big bully. Plain and simple.
04/08/2010 8:36:20 AM CDT
Karen says ...
How do we bring the film series to Raleigh, NC?
04/08/2010 9:08:32 AM CDT
Dania Lainez says ...
Awesome demonstration of the power of the people. We need more citizens like them to get involved in issues that conceens our communities. Brave people can stand up to politicians and politics and they can prevail if they are united for a worthy cause.
04/08/2010 9:08:38 AM CDT
Andrea Turner says ...
I saw this in a diversity class at Hiram College. It was a very powerful film. I would recommend that every high school student see this film. There are a lot of life lessons to be learned from watching and discussing it.
04/08/2010 9:09:46 AM CDT
bsmidt says ...
I think this is a great story that needed to be told. It gives hope to so many who desire fresh, healthy food options in a concrete jungle. Milwaukee has a similar situation with a group called 'Growing Power'.
04/08/2010 9:16:57 AM CDT
Jackie says ...
I did not know this video, or movie existed....and I really want to see more now because what an injustice. It shows what is wrong with this country...not just that city....
04/08/2010 9:48:05 AM CDT
Becky Burke says ...
What a wonderful film. We are starting a community garden in a formal Naval Base in inner city North Charleston, SC. I showed the video to an after school program who is working with us and we had an amazing discussion afterwards. We were all inspired to grow and by the amazing sense of the community generated by the garden in LA. I recommend it to anyone working to generate enthusiasm about community garden projects!
04/08/2010 10:12:56 AM CDT
kim conway says ...
This is just a travesty. I intend to go watch the full movie now that this trailer has me intrigued.
04/08/2010 10:16:37 AM CDT
Leyla Ozgur says ...
This is a very interesting topic and the clip really showed the tension of the situation well. Thanks for letting us know about it!
04/08/2010 10:19:12 AM CDT
Aaron Wheeler says ...
The Garden was a great comparative in terms of the organic and the non-organic worlds that have to integrate somehow. In Seattle, the P-Patches really embody the idea of "The Garden," and while I'm originally from Pasadena, I have to say that the city's got nothin' on Seattle P-Patches. The Garden was a great movie, though; all gardeners (everyone, actually) should see it!
04/08/2010 10:25:23 AM CDT
Chris Walla says ...
Great short video. It is so wrong what the city did. Something should be done to rectify the situation.
04/08/2010 10:36:27 AM CDT
Xkun says ...
It's a heart wrenching film. I'm deeply touched by those moments of hope and of despair. By the time I saw the bulldozers approaching, I was wound up with the farmers and really felt their pain.
04/08/2010 10:53:15 AM CDT
Rose says ...
The bird's-eye views of the Garden were an incredible contrast to urban LA. As well, the cultivated spaces and stories of those gardeners were beautiful. I left the film feeling angered at what happened. But...what about the initial injustice of the government taking someone's land by eminent domain? Underpinning the story was a government making corrupt move after corrupt move. The consequences of these moves did allow a verdant Garden to flourish for a time but ultimately they led to that Garden's destruction.
04/08/2010 11:20:40 AM CDT
Rob says ...
I saw this movie a month or so back via NetFlix streaming video, so if you are a NetFlix subscriber, you can see it thru there. At the end of the movie, I didn't blame the city for what happened...their hands were tied by the law. I was angry at the individuals who manipulated the law to try and improve their own wealth and power at the expense of the immigrants and others who spent so much of their time, energy, and love working in the Garden.
04/08/2010 11:25:59 AM CDT
Belinda Gross says ...
I'm surprised that L.A. would do that. Don't they know that the garden helps keep their city's air clean. It helps people with feeding themselves, so shoplifting or other crimes might go down. It helps the economy in so many ways that we don't see or even think/know about. The city may say get rid of it to crate jobs, but the garden is a job. It's also a teacher, student, friend, listener and so much more. I say L.A. was in the wrong to take it, especially how they went about it. Stand up for gardens every where, especially community ones.
04/08/2010 11:57:10 AM CDT
Diane Kay says ...
Such a powerful film and it concerns all of us! Big money has control of our food in more ways then this and it does matter! I want to see the whole film and I will tell people about it. It would be great for every school to not only see this film but have a garden to grow healthier food for school lunches.
04/08/2010 12:57:49 PM CDT
karen shaughnessy says ...
I am both disturbed and intrigued by this clip..what a shame..the almighty dollar wins again.
04/08/2010 12:59:58 PM CDT
Heather St. Marie says ...
We have lost touch with the Earth, and we have lost touch with each other. We NEED projects like this to remind us that we are humans - subject to evolution and extinction just like any other animal. And without each other we cannot evolve... we cannot survive. I do hope these gardners win - and I'd like to see projects like this in every metropolitan area around the world.
04/08/2010 3:09:27 PM CDT
carmen marcy says ...
I am outraged by the abuse of justice portrayed in "The Garden", and am in total agreement that every city in America needs to have many such gardens.Is this another example of greedy polititians doing what's good their pockets and having no care or concern for poor people and our imperiled environment? I can't wait to see the 5 films that are being shown in Bryn Mawr as part of a much needed series of informative documentaries.
04/08/2010 3:51:43 PM CDT
Pamela M. says ...
We have become desensitize to what really matters. Just like the video states, our land provides, so we must eat from what mother nature gives us. Global warming will not destroy humanity, instead, we are destroying each other. When will we stop prioritizing money as a means of survival? We all have forgotten the basics, to love and be loved by our surroundings.
04/08/2010 7:32:59 PM CDT
William Babb says ...
If this film were a PBS series it would likely get much more attention. Or it might show that PBS is just as corrupt as the LA government. In any case, just the proposition could be very revealing. As a long time gardener, I understand the relationship between the people and the land. That this is an unjust and morally wrong action on the part of LA is a no-brainer.
04/09/2010 11:06:27 AM CDT

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