Another World is plantable! Part 4

Community Gardening in North Amerika
English, German subtitles
DVD, 60 min, 2012
Ella von der Haide

Community gardens in North America are central to the diverse, broad, and growing social movements for food justice, anti-racist resistance, and ‘indigenous’ and queer feminist politics. The local production of organic food for self-sufficiency and its sale at farmers’ markets not only creates an alternative to agro-industry, but also a new local self-confidence. Access to and the framework conditions for a healthy and good life are demanded and created by the grassroots organizations themselves.

Community gardens are operated by the state as well as by the grassroots side and are used as an instrument. With her garden in front of the White House, Michelle Obama set an example for the recognition of ecological, small-scale urban horticulture in health and education policy as well as urban planning. At the same time, community gardens are a symbol and practice of anti-racist resistance by Black groups such as the Detroit Black Food Security Network and Growing Power.
Not only in declining Detroit, which is characterized by segregation, wasteland is becoming public space through community gardens, which black people use for enlightenment, self-sufficiency, autonomy and networking.

In the interviews, black gardeners and activists say that this new approach to gardening has triggered a post-colonial, social “healing process” that reflects agricultural work in connection with the trauma of slavery and also traditions from Africa and can be experienced in a new way might.
Indigenous groups also work in and with gardens to perpetuate the connection to their own history and tradition and to uphold their claim to self-determined land use.

Completely different social reinterpretation processes are set in motion by the many queer and LGBTI gardeners in the urban farming movement. you and others Publicly articulated engagement in the community gardens through the “Rainbow Chard Alliance” in San Francisco not only creates new role models and greater diversity, security and openness within the scene, but at the same time shakes up the bipolar nature-culture relationship through queer-feminist thinking and creates an alternative understanding of nature.

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