Videos

Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Cleveland

This video features the work of the Urban Lumberjacks of Cleveland (ULOC). Adam Smith, one of the original co-founders of ULOC, describes the deconstruction process. An alternative to demolition, deconstruction involves the dis-assembly of foreclosed or abandoned buildings and the re-purposing of materials for re-use in future building projects. This video eludes to the potential re-use of building materials for urban agriculture applications. In this case, building materials from one of the first house deconstructions by ULOC in 2009 were re-purposed for the construction of a strawbale greenhouse at Vel's Purple Oasis urban farm, located just a few blocks from a deconstruction site. In addition to re-purposing materials, deconstruction creates new job opportunities in deconstruction and construction of new structures. How can we begin to see the abandoned buildings in cities like Cleveland as a reservoir of materials that can be used for a variety of urban agriculture applications: greenhouses, raised beds, cooler facilities, market stands, shade pavilions, or homes for urban farmsteads?

Local Food and Public Health

Local food systems tie in nicely with broader efforts to improve public health through more nutrient dense, less calorie dense foods.

Affinity Groups: Public Health
Grass Fed Grazing and Climate Change

Darren Doherty, a permaculture designer from Australia, discusses some of the issues around methane generation from livestock. Methane is a powerful warming gas that contributes to climate change. The amount of methane generated by livestock, however, is a function of what they are fed: feed grain versus grass.

Affinity Groups: Specialty Meat/Dairy
Carbon Farming

Darren Doherty, permacutlure designer and teacher from Australia, takes a few minutes to explain "carbon farming" and methods for sequestering carbon in soil while improving topsoil and conditions for healthy plant growth.

Harold Hartzler and Natural Dairy

This is a short clip from LESS Productions' feature length documentary PolyCultures: Food Where We Live. The movie is about the efforts to create a sustainable food production system in Northeast Ohio. In this clip, Harold Hartzler, the Hartzler Family patriarch, tells the story of how his dairy farm went from conventional production, using pesticide and artificial fertilizers, to an all natural approach. 

Affinity Groups: Specialty Meat/Dairy
Food Access and Food Deserts in Cleveland

This is a short clip from LESS Productions' feature length documentary PolyCultures: Food Where We Live. The movie is about the efforts to create a sustainable food production system in Northeast Ohio. In this clip, we hear commentary from experts Mark Winne and Punam Ohri-vachaspati, who explain the phenomenon known as a "food desert" and grocery stores have become fewer and farther between in urban communities.

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Affinity Groups: Public Health
Participatory Nature of City Fresh

City Fresh embodies a community-wide effort to re-localize our food system. City Fresh is particularly is interested in promoting "food equity"- this includes a tricky balance between insuring a fair and living price for participating farmers while at the same time making local food more affordable and accessible in urban neighborhoods that lack healthy food access. How does City Fresh do it? By creating a system where everyone can pitch in and do their small part to make it all work. This video shows some of the motivations for volunteer participation in City Fresh and some of what volunteers to to make it all work. Check it out and consider volunteering yourself! What's more fun than rolling up your sleeves and re-localizing your food system? Film produced by Tom Kondilas, Brad Masi, and David Pearl.

Tags: food access