1. Remedy Community Medicine Garden
    City Heights

    Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems
    talkingfoodsystems.org

    Speak City Heights
    speakcityheights.org

    Brian Myers & Ryan Kuratomi
    Media Arts Center San Diego
    mediaartscenter.org

    At a garden within a garden, Rich Macgurn and Valerie Camacho grow medicinal plants. The plants are harvested for herbal teas to soothe asthma symptoms and other common community health ailments.

    The Remedy Community Medicine Garden provided a community space to learn about medicinal plants and herbal remedies, but discontinued as a community project in 2014. The space has since been redistributed as part of the community garden on the lot.

    Filmed in 2011.
    3800 43rd St, San Diego, CA

    # vimeo.com/127084962 Uploaded
  2. City Farmers Nursery
    City Heights

    Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems
    talkingfoodsystems.org

    Speak City Heights
    speakcityheights.org

    Brian Myers & Ryan Kuratomi
    Media Arts Center San Diego
    mediaartscenter.org

    In 1972, a young Bill Tall started a small nursery on his parents land as an after school job. 40 plus years later the nursery and Bill Tall remain at the property. City Farmers Nursery continues to grow as the surrounding city expands and populates.

    When urban agriculture ordinances changed and made farming in the city more accessible, Farmer Bill evolved the nursery: adding chickens and feed, opening his home to educational gardening and livestock workshops, and bringing in Allison Strand's farm to table restaurant. Blurring the lines between business and community park.

    Filmed in 2013.
    4832 Home Ave, San Diego, CA

    # vimeo.com/127073692 Uploaded
  3. IRC New Roots Aqua Farm
    City Heights

    Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems
    talkingfoodsystems.org

    Speak City Heights
    speakcityheights.org

    Brian Myers & Ryan Kuratomi
    Media Arts Center San Diego
    mediaartscenter.org

    A vacant lot in City Heights was reimagined as an urban farm using fish and hydroponics to stay above ground. A project of the International Rescue Committee - San Diego, the aquaponics farm acted as an additional training ground for farmers of the nearby New Roots Community Farm. Produce grown here was sold down the street at the City Heights' Farmers' Market.

    At the garden, Malaki Obado shares his experience of growing up around agriculture and how understanding where your food comes from can promote a change in habits.

    The project lasted a couple years before it started growing beyond the lot's permitted use. Traditional gardening techniques are still in use, but the fish and hydroponics have been removed.

    Filmed in 2011.

    4035 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA

    # vimeo.com/121514623 Uploaded
  4. Crawford High School Garden
    City Heights

    Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems
    talkingfoodsystems.org

    Speak City Heights
    speakcityheights.org

    Brian Myers & Ryan Kuratomi
    Media Arts Center San Diego
    mediaartscenter.org

    The school garden at Crawford High School is an internship program in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee San Diego. Looking to foster the idea that organic farming is a possible career opportunity for urban youth who are often disconnected from the food system, the IRC New Roots Youth Garden Program trains students to develop job skills and introduces them to a food justice curriculum.

    In the garden, we meet IRC mentor Kaley Hearnsberger teaching the farming trade, and students Perla Hernandez, Ntiriniga Etienne, and Valerie Christinat demonstrating the school's salad bar compost program. Etienne, who grew up in a Tanzanian refugee camp, reminisces of when his mother would compost to grow fresh vegetables at the refugee camp.

    Filmed in 2012.

    5606 Spartan Dr, San Diego, CA

    # vimeo.com/117520154 Uploaded
  5. City Heights Farmers' Market
    City Heights

    Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems
    talkingfoodsystems.org

    Speak City Heights
    speakcityheights.org

    Brian Myers & Ryan Kuratomi
    Media Arts Center San Diego
    mediaartscenter.org

    Speak City Heights Journalist Megan Burks contributed to this video.

    When the farmers' market opened in City Heights, a community with a population of nearly 80,000, it had very little competition in providing residents with farm fresh, local produce. The neighborhood had only one major supermarket, a few small ethnic markets, and corner stores with poor quality produce–if any. This market was up against public opinion that farmers' markets were upscale grocery boutiques for wealthy consumers, and City Heights is a working class neighborhood.

    Speaking with shoppers, farmers, and health advocates we see by bringing in farmers that grew rare cultural produce, the market was able to become a popular shopping destination for the Vietnamese residents in the area. Accepting WIC and food stamps encouraged low-income consumers to shop at the market. The Fresh Fund program helped expand residents' budget for fresh vegetables and fruit.

    The City Heights Farmers' Market continues today, further more, it's a community hub that promotes community health every Saturday morning.

    Appearances: Laqeysha Sowunmi, Champion Mom, Blanca Melendrez, Director UCSD–Network for a Healthy California, Anchi Mei, IRC Food Security and Community Health Program Manager, Casey Anderson, SD County Farm Bureau Membership and Marketing Manager, Ayan Mohamed, Champion Mom using WIC, Alex Pheng, Oriental Farms–Fresno, Irma Timmons, Fresh Fund Recipient, Kap Nei Thing, Fresh Fund Recipient.

    Filmed in 2011.
    4325 Wightman St, San Diego, CA

    # vimeo.com/121190378 Uploaded

Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems

Media Arts Center SD

Documenting the growth of urban agriculture and local food systems in several underserved San Diego neighborhoods, this interactive multimedia project examines how communities are developing creative responses to the issues of hunger, limited access to…


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Documenting the growth of urban agriculture and local food systems in several underserved San Diego neighborhoods, this interactive multimedia project examines how communities are developing creative responses to the issues of hunger, limited access to healthy food, underemployment, and urban blight.
http://www.talkingfoodsystems.org

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