From the Ground Up is documentary project encouraging civic participation through urban farming.
When someone starts food gardening they are taking an action, doing something that is at once traditional and revolutionary.
During WWI and WWII Americans grew food in backyards, on balconies, in parks, wherever they could - as the government
encouraged localized food production to conserve scarce fuel and labor. Today, citizens across the country are reviving the spirit
of these gardens, but this time they face many obstacles and little support. In the main documentary we meet a Sacramento teacher
and her young sons as they take on City Hall to fight for their front yard vegetable garden; a team of San Francisco artists
recreate the Civic Center Victory Garden and redefine the use of urban green space; Puerto Rican migrants in Massachusetts wor
to elevate their quality of life by growing vegetables in once vacant lots. Supporting the main film will be an updated website with
interactive short videos and tools that will help people grow better gardens, meet neighbors, and connect to organizations
that will help them become active participants in their local food system.

The movie is currently in the editing stage and in need of additional funding
If you would like to help in anyway please contact:

We are proud to be a 2012 Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamakers Fellow


The San Francisco Film Society provides fiscal sponsorship for ours and other independent film projects.
(This means donations to our project are tax deductible)
Please click on the logo to donate to the film. Thank you!

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