24 Sep '12, 2pm

Community Gardens Provide More than Food in DC

Community Gardens Provide More than Food in DC

Cintia sent me a free review copy of the film a couple of weeks ago, and I finally sat down to check it out last night. The one-hour documentary takes a look at seven gardens in the D.C. area, and also provides some history of the community gardening movement in the United States. It turns out that growing our own food has had profoundly political and social implications for at least the last 100 years: during the World Wars, for instance, growing a garden was a sign of patriotism and contribution to the war efforts. During economic downturns, it was a way of maintaining some level of self-sufficiency, and even providing for other members of one’s immediate community – we’re definitely seeing that dynamic at work during the current slow economy. It’s always been a activity that brings people together… and that may be just as important as the food grown in distressed commun...

Full article: http://sustainablog.org/2012/09/community-gardens-provide...

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