6.15.2011

Urban Roots: A movie, a concept, a way to revive the D

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Alessandro and I saw Urban Roots the other day at Eastern Market (Shed 3 in case you wanted that information).

Urban Roots is a documentary about the latest and greatest idea of reviving the City of Detroit--urban farming.  As Mark MacInnis, the director of the film and also a Detroit native, put it: 
Wherever there is grass, there is a chance to put food on the table. And where there is a chance to put food on the table, there’s a chance for a new start. Now, all around the city of Detroit, a growing movement of urban farmers is changing the way people think about food—and life in the “D”. It took men like Henry Ford, William Durant, and Lee Iacocca to build this city, but it’s taken a bunch of strong willed self-taught urban farmers to save it.

The documentary introduced us to a few of the urban farms already thriving in Detroit:  Brother Nature, D-Town Farm, Earthworks Urban Farm, and Elmhurst.  It was a really inspiring film that really highlighted the dedication of people who love this City

Plus we had a few good appetizers and enjoyed each others company.



It also gave me an idea for a new volunteering gig!  I am going to look into volunteering at one of the Detroit farms.  If anyone's interested in joining, let me know.  I have never tried my green thumb hand at gardening, but our indoor Basil plant has doubled in size since we got it a few weeks ago, so that has to mean I'm probably capable.



Now off to make some delicious basil aoli...stay tuned for Al's recipe.

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