Urban Farming is the topic of the timely documentary film by Tree Media, Urban Roots, which explores the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit, Michigan. The Westphal College at Drexel University will host the Philadelphia theatrical premiere of Urban Roots on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30 PM in the Bossone Research Center (3140 Market St.). Food grown locally in community gardens and urban farms is starting to make a positive impact for families faced with food challenge issues in Philadelphia. A panel discussion following the film with members of Philadelphia’s urban farming community, local food advocates, and the film’s director, Mark MacInnis, will focus on Philadelphia urban farming and how to get involved.
Prior to Urban Roots, there will be a screening event of Clay Hereth’s documentary short West Philly Grown at 6:30 PM. Clay’s film tells the story of the Mill Creek Farm, an urban farm at 49th & Brown Sts in West Philadelphia that grows a variety of organic vegetables, herbs, and fruits in addition to providing educational programs on urban farming. Please consider arriving early as we’ll be providing information on Philadelphia’s urban farming movement and ways you can get involved. The event is $5 for the general public and free with a Drexel ID, for more information call 215-895-1029 or visit http://www.drexel.edu/westphal. Event is presented by Drexel Green, The office of University & Community Partnership, Westphal’s Film & Video program and Westphal’s departments of Architecture & Interiors and Media Arts.
- Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis: Drexel professor and co-director of the Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative, moderator
- Chris Bolden-Newsome, Farmer Educator, Bartram’s Gardens
- Phil Forsyth: Orchard Director, Philadelphia Orchard Project
- Ryan Kuck: Co-Founder Preston’s Paradise and farm manager Greensgrow
- Mark MacInnis: director, Urban Roots
- Dan Pohlig: Communications committee, South Philly Food Co-op
- Johanna Rosen: Co-Founder/Co-Director, West Philadelphia’s Mill Creek Farm
- Sarah Wu: Mayor’s Office of Sustainability