An above-ground urban farm in Newark, NJ that uses hundreds of EarthBoxes to grow fresh produce stars in a new film showing at the Greenbuild Film Festival
Online PR News – 20-October-2009 – – 'Brick City Urban Farms,' a documentary film by Brian Lynch that tells the story of an abandoned inner-city lot in Newark, New Jersey, that became a thriving urban farm, has been accepted for showing at the ##--2--## Film Festival in Phoenix.
Brick City Urban Farms has become a symbol of the new micro-farming movement that is taking root in America’s urban areas. The vacant lot in Newark where Brick City Urban Farms was founded was so polluted that it was unsafe to grow plants in the ground. The solution was to grow the crops above the ground—in ##--1--## containers. Not only do the EarthBox containers double crop yields while using half the water of conventional growing, but they make it possible to put a thriving farm virtually anywhere.
Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, was an early supporter of Brick City Urban Farms because the farm is located in a low-income neighborhood that lacks access to fresh produce. Local residents work as volunteers at the ##--3--## and share the bounty of its harvest. Local school children also use the farm to learn how food is grown and about the nutritional benefits of fresh produce.
The Greenbuild Film Festival is part of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, being held November 11-13 in Phoenix. 'Brick City Urban Farms' will be shown at 9:00 a.m on Thursday, November 12.
For more information about the Greenbuild Film Festival, visit www.greenbuildexpo.org. More information about EarthBoxes is at www.earthbox.com.