Thursday, February 26, 2009

San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project

Food for Thought: Free Films about Food
The Garden
2009 Academy Award-nominated documentary
THE GARDEN a film by Scott Hamilton Kennedy
This Saturday, February 28, 2pm
Chula Vista Public Library, 365 F Street, Chula Vista 91910
one block south of E St., between 4th & 5th Avenues

THE GARDEN is a moving documentary about the fourteen-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. Then, bulldozers were poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

THE GARDEN follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:

* Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value?
* Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council?
* Why have the details never been made public?

And the powers-that-be have the same response: “The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do.”

Includes a discussion about the local food movement in our area and ways you can help support the return to locally grown, fresh and healthy food.

For more information, visit our website:

Food for Thought produced by San Diego Roots and

Slow Food Urban San Diego

The series is sponsored by Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op.

For more information about People's, a 10,000-family, member-owned co-operative organic food store, visit their website:


whateveryouwantittosay said...

I heard something about Forever 21 (which is also rooted in evangelist tradition) being part of the destruction of community gardens in LA. Does anyone know anything about that?

Sticks and Stones said...

BOYCOTT FOREVER 21!!!!!!!,0,979431.story

Sticks and Stones said...

About the evangelical nature of Forever 21:

whateveryouwantittosay said...