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In late November, I had the pleasure of attending the 8th Annual Carrboro Film Festival in North Carolina. A friend and I saw 31 films in eight hours and 15 minutes over two days. Yes…whew!

In addition to being a tad overwhelmed by the sheer volume of what I saw, I was impressed by how much these mostly short films could convey in 2 or 11 or 17 minutes. Even with the varied themes and budgets, we had some riveting experiences thanks to these short tales.

The nonprofit Food Project works to achieve both social and agricultural change by bringing together kids from diverse backgrounds to farm several lots in urban Boston, like this one on a hospital roof, along with 31 acres in nearby Lincoln, Mass. (credit: GREIG CRANNA / THE FOOD PROJECT) Read more: Urban Farming - Photo Essays - TIME

The nonprofit Food Project works to achieve both social and agricultural change by bringing together kids from diverse backgrounds to farm several lots in urban Boston, like this one on a hospital roof, along with 31 acres in nearby Lincoln, Mass. (credit: GREIG CRANNA / THE FOOD PROJECT)
Read more: Urban Farming – Photo Essays – “TIME”

For me, “Cultivating Community” was one of those rewarding experiences. In five minutes, Patrick Mustain told a story about a new urban agriculture program in Southeast Raleigh, North Carolina. The film features Maurice Small (who the Interfaith Food Shuttle invited to Raleigh to start the program) and Travis Taylor and Fred Jeter (his employees from the local community).

The film also features the importance of cleaning up the environment, the value of fresh food and the best features of community engagement programs, i.e., that they serve AND empower people.

But, don’t take my word for the film’s message or impact! See for yourself (below).

To Learn More

Urban Agriculture & Improving Local, Sustainable Foods Systems  – Environmental Protection Agency, including:

Urban Agriculture – United States Department of Agriculture, including links to resources

Cultivating Community from Patrick Mustain on Vimeo.

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