Review: The Garden

Remember the riots in south central Los Angeles following Rodney King’s beating? Well, out of that came urban community gardens, totalling nearly 14 acres. Skills, community, hope, rebirth. Then one day in 2004 the absentee owner wanted sell. But did he really own the land? What about the farmers?

This film, which is a lot about urban politics and community and little about urban gardening and growing food, follows this latest conflict, and the website takes over where over where the film leaves off, inviting you to join in. At times emotions–and language–run strong. Seeds are planted, and not just in the soil. For example, certainly the LA Community Garden Council and the University of California Cooperative Extension of LA County (aka LA County Master Gardeners) owe something to the south central gardens. Besides, as one farmer pointed out, you can’t grow food on concrete. In fact, have you noticed how things keep growing despite pavement and concrete? Until the bulldozers and herbicides show up. Which is very sad. But bulldozers will pass, and things will keep growing.

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2 Responses to Review: The Garden

  1. Shelley Essaunce says:

    Yep. I love to see plants growing in the middle of parking lots and asphalt. Thanks for the commentary.

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