Can You Dig This? – Insights from Atlanta Veggies
Atlanta Veggies blogger, Amy Whitney offered great insight after seeing Can You Dig This. See information from Amy below and learn more at Atlanta Veggies.
The movie, set in LA and featuring Ron Finley and other area residents, shows how the simple, basic act of growing food can transform lives.
The movie, in addition, was a powerful reminder that not everyone has access to health-giving produce, straight from the garden, and I know I am very fortunate in being able to grow food in my front yard.
We saw the movie at a theater inside the perimeter, and after the movie, people who are very involved in urban farming and the Atlanta local-foods movement stood up to say a few words about urban farming in the metro area.
One of the speakers was Eugene Cooke, of Grow Where You Are. I love this guy’s vision of integrating farming more fully into communities, but he seemed to be having trouble containing some of his frustration as he spoke at the screening. He is hoping that more growers step into leadership in the urban-ag arena, but right now there are many other players who are poking their fingers into his pie (I know – mixed metaphors, but I am hoping the point comes across). Since Eugene follows agro-ecological principles and uses Veganics as his guide, it is likely that a lot of people who visit his farm don’t really understand how much of his work goes into building and maintaining the soil.