Emily Cohen let this workshop Growing Justice Workshop around the Growing Justice Film made in
Community Agroecology Network’s (CAN) new local project, Growing Justice (http://bit.ly/1Uecsdv), is in its first year focused was on developing gardener profiles. One way to capture the profiles is on film.
Professor Emily Cohen Ibañez and her Visual Sociology students at UC Santa Cruz joined the Growing Justice youth research team in Watsonville to create a collaboratively-authored documentary film about the River Park Community Garden in Watsonville. The River Park Garden Film Collective’s aim was to listen and help the gardeners tell their stories of migration, food justice, urban belonging, and gardening.
The result was a beautiful film that screened at UC Santa Cruz’s Social Fiction Conference. Twenty-four members of the River Park Garden community from Watsonville joined UC Santa Cruz professors, students, CAN and Mesa Verde Garden staff, and Santa Cruz locals for a moving conversation about migration, Latin@ communities, educational access, gardening, and food justice.