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Alternative Agriculture & Urban Farming

Build Green

A program that demonstrates the personal, cultural, and economic benefits to be had by utilizing a variety of modern techniques and technologies to plan and build environmentally friendly, safe, comfortable, and attractive homes. Features various houses and communities that have been designed and constructed using an assortment of building materials and energy sources deemed sustainable and ecologically conscientious.

City Farmers.

A journey down New York City's meanest streets where inner-city residents have transformed the rubble and rats of abandoned land into burgeoning vegetable and flower gardens. The gardeners vividly narrate stories about life on both sides of the garden fence: from their fight against drug dealers and gangs to the successes of the gardens as food for needy families and senior citizens. 1997. 31 min.

Green Dreams.

Describes activities of the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG) as they organize and supervise gardening projects in troubled urban neighborhoods. Film documents how these gardening projects are offering real job skills and a sense of accomplishment to low-income youth, ex-convicts and people recovering from drugs.

How to Save the World: One Man, One Cow, One Planet

From the Green Revolution of the 1960's and 1970's to the Gene Revolution of the 21st century, India is at the leading edge of agricultural technologies. However, the truth for Indian farmers is nothing like the shiny biotech promise. Modern industrial agriculture, with its reliance on pesticides, fungicides and herbicides has destroyed topsoil. Water tables have dropped, biotech seeds are failing and farmer suicides are at an all time high.

My Father's Garden.

In less than fifty years agriculture has been transformed by synthetic chemicals which have had a serious impact on the environment and on the health of farm families. This film tells the story of two farmers. Herbert Smith, championed the new miracle sprays of the 50's in his orange grove in Florida, while Fred Kirschenmann of North Dakota, steered his land through the transition to organic farming to prove, 20 years later, that sustainable organic agriculture is a viable economic alternative for any size farm. 1995. 58 min.

The Greening of Cuba.

Profiles Cuban farmers and scientists working to reinvent a sustainable agriculture, based on ecological principles and local knowledge rather than imported agricultural inputs. In their quest for self-sufficiency, Cubans combine time-tested traditional methods with cutting-edge biotechnology. In Spanish with English subtitles. c1996. 38 min.