Every week the summer associates and VISTAS of Grow Food Grow Hope partake in an "in-service training activity." These various activities help us become a stronger team and teach us communication skills to help us in the future. This week, as a collective, we watched the documentary Urban Roots. Back yard gardening has become a growing trend in the Detroit, Michigan area. This is due to the fact that many of the large factory jobs that once provided employment for the city, have left. Urban Roots discuss how the citizens of Detroit have taken the initiative to start gardening and share their gardening knowledge with their neighbors around them.
Once we finished watching this film, we were able to find many similarities between the movement happening in Detroit and the goal of Grow Food Grow Hope. The main goal being that we are trying to help members of our community provide their own means of accessing fresh and healthy food. This is a really great documentary to watch and learn more about the importance of fresh food and how much we all are benefiting from gardening.