I recently found a PBS series entitled Food Forward. This series is comprised of half-hour segments that give a peak into urban farming across the United States. The character-driven plot lines are engaging and thought provoking, offering viewers a chance to look behind the curtain of food production and learn about those who grow it. The episode, entitled Food (Justice) for All featured three urban farming projects located in California and Texas.
The first of the three projects, Alba, is located in Monterey County, Calif. The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association creates opportunities for farm workers around Salinas who have access to limited resources. According to their website, the organization is helping to create a more sustainable food system through the development of human resources who will be come the future agricultural leaders, growing market alternatives for small-scale farmers, and enhancing biological diversity and protection of natural resources.
“Banks don’t like agriculture. It’s a risky business,” said Chris Brown, executive director of Alba.
The Alba team supports farmers that otherwise wouldn’t have the ability to work for themselves due to economic conditions.
The second organization that is highlighted in the segment is the We Over Me Farm. Located in South Dallas, Texas, the We Over Me farm operates on a former football field on the Paul Quinn College campus. According to their website, converting the football field into an organic farm “symbolized the College’s dedication to a team of a different kind—the team of individuals and organizations fighting to end food insecurity and injustice in the United States.”