Wednesday, April 08, 2009

This Month's Detroit Abides - The Garden

April 8, 2009
Contact: Gregg Newsom
Phone: 313.316.1411

Eastern Market’s Detroit Abides presents this Academy Award Nominated Documentary and invites Detroit Urban Farmers to share their stories.

Detroit, Michigan, April 8, 2009 – Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Detroit Evolution Laboratory, and Eastern Market Corporation are pleased to present a free screening of The Garden on Wednesday, April 15th from 7 - 9 pm.

From the ashes of the L.A. riots, the South Central Farmers have nurtured the nation’s largest urban farm. Since 1992, they have created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating community. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

The Garden tells the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

Following the film we have asked a few of Detroit's Urban Farmers to share their stories. We are pleased that Mark Covington, Chairman of the Georgia St. Community Collective (GSCC) and Kate Devlin of Spirit Farm and FAITH Farm will join us.

For this casual event, please bring a comfortable seat. Though Shed 5 is enclosed and heated, it’s a large space so bringing sweaters, blankets and friends is advised. Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Shed.

On the third Wednesday of every month DETROIT ABIDES screens a movie on a sustainable topic, explores the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and creates a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community.


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About Detroit Evolution Laboratory - The Lab is a unique space in Detroit's historic Eastern Market dedicated to the health, joy and liberation of all beings. The Lab offers yoga, vegan and raw food classes, catering, nutritional consultation and meal planning. Individual bodywork, reiki and NLP sessions are also available. The Lab is also dedicated to sustainable practices and presents workshops on these and other topics to assist in and inspire a New Detroit.

About Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit - Bioneers comprise a network of visionary innovators working to build a sustainable, positive and creative future for the web of life. Bioneers is a nonprofit organization that promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and communities. The Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference combines local sessions, solutions and events with international innovations. This year's conference is October 16 – 18 and will be held on the Marygrove College campus in Detroit.

About Eastern Market Corporation - Eastern Market is located between Gratiot and Mack, bordered by St. Aubin and the I-75 service drive—just northeast of downtown Detroit. The Market is open on Saturdays from 6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, contact 313-833-9300 or visit the website at

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