November 17, 2008

7th Street Garden fundraiser on Wednesday

The fundraiser on Wednesday for the 7th Street Garden is really looking like a great event. The 7th Street Garden -- which is in the process of becoming a Garden that is no longer on 7th street -- has been busy moving materials, soil, and planty things over to their new location at the Gage-Eckington School. (See some great pictures here.) The event on Wednesday will raise money to cover the costs of relocation. We've heard word that "seasonal pies" will be on hand, plus all the fine folks who are tending to this wonderful community resource, and most important, they'll be screening The Garden, a film that sounds fascinating.

I'd actually heard this story long ago, and am thrilled to see a documentary about it: a 14-acre community garden deep in South Central L.A. -- known as the South Central Farm -- was created out of the ruins of the 1992 riots, organized by a self-governing group of hundreds of local low-income families, and at its peak grew up to 150 plants, only to be demolished in the name of "development," condos or something like that. (More here at the Farm's Wikipedia entry.) Seems like the film has successfully captured the story: The Garden took the top prize in June at the Silverdocs documentary festival in Washington, D.C. (The trailer is available on YouTube.)

You should buy your tickets soon, as we hear they're selling out - and let me know if you're going, we'd love to meet you.

Playing at: Goethe Theater (812 7th Street, NW).
Doors 6pm. Film Starts 6:30pm. Enjoy seasonal foods and drinks.
Tickets $20 each, and are available at the door OR online at America the Beautiful Fund's web site. **If buying online you must write in the Comment box that you are purchasing tickets for The Garden movie.**

In other garden-related news: We are still looking for the tools and human resources that can help us move several trees that are currently on-site. The Garden staff says they need a tree spade and a flat-bed truck that lowers to the ground. Can you help? Let us know at info[at]breadforthecity[dot]org.

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