Urban Roots film about Detroit’s food gardeners an example for our neighborhoods

Urban Roots:When Everything Collapses Plant Your Field of Dreams

  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 5
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum.
  • Tickets cost $5.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is one facet of Our Kitchen Table’s Food Diversity Project. Another is supporting urban neighbors as they grow food in containers, raised bed gardens and community gardens. OKT often confers with Detroit’s urban gardeners as they are so good at what they do. According to our sources there, Detroit’s urban neighborhoods are food self-sufficient. The neighbors living there are growing enough food to feed themselves. This is OKT’s goal for Grand Rapids.


Would you like to learn how Detroiters are making this happen? Come see the West Michigan Environmental Council’s screening of Urban Roots, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 5 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Tickets cost $5. The film takes a look at Detroit’s urban farms—and features farmer Cornelius Williams, a former OKT collaborative partner. A panel discussion following the film includes OKT’s Lisa Oliver King and LINC’s Darrel Ross.


OKT takes a different stance than those who approach urban farming as an agricultural business. True food self-sufficiency entails neighbors growing food, sharing food and foraging native fruits, nuts and greens as well as managing their own farmers’ market alternatives—alternatives without profits as the overarching goal.


Detroit’s gardens have flourished because they are grown by community for community. Recent developments, such as the Hantz Farm are a direct threat to these gardeners. The Detroit Food Justice Task Force sees the Hantz Farms as a land grab that will negatively impact food security there. Hopefully the voice of the people will prevail and their gardens will continue to provide nutritious food for their families.