A feature-length documentary on urban agriculture in various cities
around the world.
Promises of Urban Agriculture
is a feature-length documentary
on urban agriculture across the world. Looking at the historic,
cultural, and economic significance of urban agriculture in a number
of major cities, the video examines a wide range of approaches and
asks: is this a movement that will dramatically reshape our cities
and way of life?
Spanning from Quito, New York, Milwaukee, Albany, Det...roit,
Berlin, Tel Aviv, Amherst, Brussels, and elsewhere, this research
project draws from the diverse narratives of a range of groups and
individuals involved with urban agriculture–activists, historians,
entrepreneurs, traditional farmers, futurists, food foresters, urban
homesteaders, policy makers, and closet gardeners. We meet people
aiming to be more self-sufficient, and others who are developing a
business plan, fighting for food justice, working the garden into
the public school curriculum, or envisioning how urban farming will
redefine cities and shape our future.
Careful not to approach the topic of urban agriculture narrowly,
with a defeatist mentality or a delirious optimism, the film aspires
to give a more dynamic picture of this movement–its challenges,
triumphs, and promises.
Where is urban agriculture providing a meaningful alternative to the
industrial food system? And where is it just for show? Where is
farming in urban space a constant struggle? And where is it being
taken up as a viable solution?
No matter the circumstances, urban agriculture is proliferating, and
it is due time to look deeply at the significance of this global