2 VERSIONS AVAILABLE ON THE ONE DVD: Theatrical version (92 mins) and Broadcast version (58 mins).
From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. Growing Cities tells the inspiring stories of these intrepid urban farmers, innovators, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way the USA grows and distributes its food. From those growing food in backyards to make ends meet, to educators teaching kids to eat healthier, viewers discover urban farmers are harvesting a whole lot more than simply good food.
"I'VE WATCHED MANY, MANY FILMS ABOUT FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ... GROWING CITIES IS THE MOST INSPIRING ONE I'VE EVER SEEN." - Chris Hunt, Director, Sustainable Table.
Urban agriculture is a topic fraught with apparent contradictions—where country meets city, cement cherry tomato, and the lines of producer and consumer, farmer and customer blur. The imagery is equally as stark—cucumbers peering through chain link fences, skyscrapers towering over compost piles, and the cacophony of subwoofers and roto-tillers on the same block. It's the power of this tension, this seeming impossibility, which we use to bring viewers into a world of new possibility - where together we can create healthier, more sustainable communities.
When we first got the idea for Growing Cities a couple years ago, we started with the simple idea that anyone, anywhere should be able to meaningfully participate in their food system. It's this premise that has guided us throughout the filmmaking process, from deciding which cities to visit, what themes to explore, and which stories to tell. The journey hasn't been easy, from sleeping on floors, getting paid almost nothing, and consuming more PB & J's than anyone
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