The benefits of growing food in urban environments, both to the environments themselves and to the people who inhabit them, are enormous. And the practice has deep roots in New York City. Filmmakers Gabriella Bass and Clara Inés Schuhmacher spent over a year documenting the movement, asking everyday New Yorkers why and how they grow food in their own urban settings, and exploring the impact of these choices both on them and on their communities. From pleasure to business to social change, their stories are diverse, and compelling. There’s the story of an accidental backyard farm in Bushwick and a couple’s work to make it their own, of the farmer who found her roots not only in the soil but in the people around her, and of a computer-scientist-turned-food scientist who’s pioneering new methods in production.
Founder and Farmer, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
Annie’s resources for starting a rooftop farm:
Jeremy Sapienza & Luis Velazquez
Owners, Cafetería La Mejor & backyard farmers
Lee Mandell & Chloe Bass
Founder & Chief Hydroponicist, and Communications & Outreach Specialist, respectively
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