1. Urban farming is a dynamic opportunity for food security in poor inner city areas, especially since the cost of shipping food from elsewhere increases as oil becomes more expensive. Access to local food is possible by farming on urban lots. Sadly, much of the urban soil has been contaminated by industrial uses.

    To overcome this problem, Soil Kitchen, a collaborative art project funded by the City of Philadelphia to coincide with the National Brownfield Conference, has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test soil samples for contamination. Those who bring soil to test may also eat a bowl of soup. Knowing how toxic the land is can help citizens make informed decisions about whether to eat what they grow, or if non-edible landscaping is recommended. Contaminated land can then be cleaned through a process of bio-remediation, whereby plants and organisms neutralize toxins and harmful minerals. Land that is classified as a Brownfield is eligible for a federal grant program administered by the EPA. Organizers hope that when the resulting data is mapped it will spur citizen action, political commitment to revitalize polluted municipal lands, and make them into assets of food security and engagement.

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  2. Real Food Media Contest Film Library: realfoodmedia.org
    This film was a 2014 Contest Finalist

    Meet Dhijana Scott-Harmony and husband Borys and their suburban backyard turned into a food paradise.

    Credits:
    Solomon Horner - Director/Dditor
    Nicole Horner - Art Director
    Jeremy Davis - Music

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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  3. Real Food Media Contest Film Library: realfoodmedia.org
    This film was a 2014 Contest Finalist

    The Dust Bowl is not just a chapter for U.S. history books. This short doc talks about why we could face another and what we can do about it.

    Credits:
    Eleanor Goodrich - Director
    Aaron Port - Cinematography & Editing

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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  4. Real Food Media Contest Film Library: realfoodmedia.org
    This film was a 2014 Contest Finalist

    A college student in Oregon spends her summers picking berries with her parents. This is her story.

    Credits:
    Allison Milligan - Producer

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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  5. THE GIFT is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. View more Semifinalist films at vimeo.com/groups/focusforwardfilms/albums/6362.

    The Gift is a portrait of Dan Jason, a pioneer in seed farming who has gone against the grain of industrial agriculture. He shares with us an alternate vision of the bounty nature provides.

    Participant
    Dan Jason - saltspringseeds.com

    Director, Camera, Editor
    Jean-Marc Abela - jeanmarcabela.com

    Producer and Assistant Editor
    Senn Annis - sennannis.com

    Music
    Matthew Tomlinson - matttomlinson.com

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