Videos tagged as 'food access'

PolyCultures- Food Deserts Clip

A clip from the 2009 documentary PolyCultures: Food Where We Live. Features the challenges around local food access in many urban neighborhoods in Cleveland and discussion of solutions. Film directed by Tom Kondilas and produced by Brad Masi.

Central Community Cooperative

This video details efforts in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland to establish a cooperative to provide better food access in this food desert neighborhood. The Central Community Cooperative project emerged out of a student project to identify business opportunities to meet unmet needs within the neighborhood. Here current and past students of Cuyahoga Community College describe their efforts to establish a cooperative that combines volunteerism, affordable food access, and connections to broader urban agriculture projects in their neighborhood.

Youngstown 2010: Neighborhood Green

The Youngstown 2010 plan emerged through a community driven process. It's goal is to focus on the renewal and restoration of Youngstown's neighborhoods, communities, and local economy following a long struggle with economic dis-investment and population loss. Part of a "right-sizing" strategy, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) is installing urban gardens across Youngstown on vacant or foreclosed properties. These gardens bring neighborhoods together, increase food access and heath, and contribute to long-term property values. Hear perspectives from YNDC Executive Director Presley Gillespie about the many ways that these gardens can improve food access, increase property values, and contribute to a larger collaborative between other rust-belt cities in the region. 

Rural Food Deserts

Mark Winne, food activist and author of Closing the Food Gap, discusses the challenges of "rural food deserts". While significant attention is paid to issues around food access and public health in urban areas, Winne describes how more than 800 rural counties in the United States have are considered food desert counties. The rates of obesity in these areas is higher than obesity rates found in metropolitan areas. While rural food deserts are particularly concentrated in southern and western parts of Ohio, Northeast Ohio has significant rural areas where food access is an issue. Ultimately, Winne suggests that we need to think of urban and rural revitalization as ways to restore health in both areas.

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Hungry for Health: A Journey Through Cleveland's Food Desert

A short documentary film produced by Theresa Desautels, a Cinema Studies major and recent graduate of Oberlin College, Hungry for Health feature s a day in the life of Willa Sparks; a woman who overcomes the environmental obstacle of living in a food desert, an inner-city neighborhood without easy access to a grocery store. Determined to give her family the healthy food that every person deserves, Willa takes an hour long bus ride at the first of every month to get to the closest grocery store. If healthy food won’t come to her, as her neighborhood is infested with fast food restaurants and corner stores, then she will go to it. This film was produced as a senior project. This film shows a close and personal view of how the challenge of food access affects many Cleveland residents. Includes commentary by Matt Carroll, director of Cleveland Public Health Department, Gigi Traore director of the Power Network, Grace Lee Boggs, author, and Brad Masi, co-founder of City Fresh. 

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Metro Hospital Fresh Stop

This video features the Buckeye-Metro Fresh Stop, a collaboration between Metro Hospital and City Fresh. Located on the east side of Cleveland, the Fresh Stop brings fresh vegetables from local farms to residents of one of many neighborhoods in Cleveland that struggle with healthy food access. The staff at Metro Hospital use the Fresh Stop as a mechanism to provide both food access and education in nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and preventative health care. This shows one of many examples of how residents and institutions can collaborate in a neighborhood to improve healthy food access. Produced by Brad Masi, David Pearl, and Tom Kondilas, the makers of the film PolyCultures: Food Where We Live. 

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Strawbale Greenhouse at Vel's Purple Oasis

This video features the construction of the first pilot strawbale greenhouse at Vel's Purple Oasis on the east-side of Cleveland. The greenhouse is a part of StrawVille, an initiative of the New Agrarian Center to utilize strawbale construction techniques to enhance urban agriculture in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Strawbale construction involves the use of strawbales (an abundant waste product of local agriculture) to create highly insulated buildings that retain heat and improve energy efficiency. Applying techniques for the construction of its office in Oberlin, the NAC partnered with Fox Natural Construction and the Urban Lumberjacks of Cleveland to construct this pilot project. In addition to improved efficiency, the benefits of strawbale construction are numerous: use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, incorporation of art and sculpture, and building community through a construction process that mimics an Amish barn-raising. Other examples of strawbale construction in the region include: the Kious residence in Cleveland Heights, the beer garden at the Great Lakes Brewing Company restaurant, the strawbale toolshed at the Cleveland Eco-Village garden, and a variety of building applications at the George Jones Farm in Oberlin. 

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.

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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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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.

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