There are many times and many situations where this fine city under-inspires me, often to the point of anger and frustration. The city’s recent decision to close the Glassell Park Pool is just a recent example. But just as the theory goes “for every action there is a reaction,” I believe that for every poor municipal decision there is the chance for a group of citizens to rise up against and often above bureaucratic banality and create a treasure to behold. Watching Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s The Garden confirms my belief in this theory. Next week we can all watch this theory in action at eroots’ first Film Friday night.
As part of its mission to connect and promote its partner farms with the local community, eroots is proud to present a Friday Night Film screening of The Garden, the Academy Award Nominated documentary featuring its first farm partner--South Central Farmers. The screening will be held Friday, August 3 at the eroots Annex at 5827 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042.
Tezozomoc, "Tezo", one of the managers and founders of the South Central Farmers’ Cooperative, will make a guest appearance to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience following the screening. All are welcome to come meet the South Central Farmers at a pre-film reception starting at 6:30 p.m. and to taste their new product lines scheduled to launch in late summer.
Members from the eroots’ cooking classes will also provide samplings from their latest creations. Seating is limited so please RSVP with name and number of attendees at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About “The Garden” and South Central Farmers
The Garden, a film written and produced by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, is about a 14 acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles. The largest of its kind in the United States, the garden was created by local South Central residents as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992. Through the efforts of these hard-working people, a lush green oasis materialized in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. In the garden they grew their own food, fed their families and created community. The Garden is an unflinching look at the struggle between these urban farmers, the City of Los Angeles and a powerful developer who wants to evict them and build warehouses.
The South Central Farmers’ Cooperative (SCFC) is a grassroots economic development of the South Central Farmers’ Health and Education Fund, a 501c(3) public benefit organization, that is committed to engaging and empowering community members around attaining food sovereignty and access to high quality organic produce. All produce is grown and harvested on their land located in Buttonwillow, California. SCFC was one of eroots first partner farms. Alex Dorsey, general manager for eroots explains the motivation behind choosing this farm as a partner: “When our non-profit Women Organizing Resources Knowledge & Services (WORKS) decided to start a sustainable food initiative, SCF was a natural partner. We saw their values: education, equity, sustainability, social justice at work in the community. And our shared passion, values and commitment were the seeds of the partnership we share with SCF today.”
eroots is a produce box distribution service based in Northeast Los Angeles. Its produce boxes are available for order at www.eroots.org. After signing up customers can pick up their box Thursdays at the eroots’ Annex at 5827 York Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90042 from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. Those who wish to try out eroots may pre-order a produce box at www.eroots.org. eroots, LLC is a social enterprise of Women Organizing Research, Knowledge and Services (WORKS).