Grown in Detroit: Urban Farming and School Gardens in the Motor City

Detroit's urban farming initiatives are clearly gaining traction. An award-winning documentary is traveling the festival circuit and will soon be aired on TV: Grown in Detroit, by Dutch filmmakers Mascha and Manfred Poppenk. The film shows how nature has taken over Detroit's abandoned landscape, how farms, bee colonies, and native flowers now nourish a growing revolution. The film focuses on the gardening/farming program at the Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women, a school for pregnant and parenting teens. The filmmakers present the case that the students' initial resistance disappears when they reap the rewards of their bounty.

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  1. Anonymous6:55 PM

    Could Detroit become an urban oasis?!

  2. wendy relan10:18 AM

    If you are in the Detroit area - the film will be airing on Detroit PBS 56, Sept. 22 9-10pm and Sept. 23 2:30-3:30am

  3. I am new to your site and am so glad I have found it. Refreshing!


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