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Urban Roots

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Screening Monday March 25  This is a timely, moving and inspiring film that shows dedicated Detroiters working to fulfill their vision for locally-grown,sustainably-farmed food in a city where nature has reclaimed vast stretches of the abandoned rust belt. One-straw Society will lead a discussion with local food action community members following the film. USA, 2011, 93min, Directed by Mark MacInnis.  
SPECIAL SECOND SCREENING Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Iris Griffith Centre. Admission by donation for this screening only. Iris Griffith Centre: 15386 Sunshine Coast Highway
Madeira Park, BC, Phone: 604-883-9201

Still photo from the film 'Urban Roots'


When everything collapses, plant your field of dreams

"In many ways, the urban farmers in Detroit are like most of us in that we are all experiencing the painful transition from the industrial, centralized world to a post-industrial world in which the jobs are changing, the economy is changing, the neighborhoods are changing and it seems like we have no control over the outcome.

Well, enter urban farming, a way in which individuals can take control over something so critical as food that in the very act of growing it, they not only feed themselves, they also become healthier, more self-reliant and in some cases they become entrepreneurs. And most remarkable, they create a new approach to community, the economy and life overall.

So when everything collapses, this urban farming story of Detroit demonstrates that one good option is that people come together to solve their problems, and discover that the fiber of community is powerful."  -- Leila Conners, Producer of Urban Roots.

About this event

Chris Hergesheimer, coordinator of the Food Action Network (FAN), will be on hand to lead a discussion after the screening in Gibsons. There are plans for a plant and produce sale at both locations with local food sustainability activists and growers.


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One Straw Society. A gathering of Sunshine Coast residents creating change.