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University hosts “Growing Cities” screening May 9

Posted 05/05/14

Growing CitiesFitchburg State University will host a screening of the film “Growing Cities,” about urban agriculture in America, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9 at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Suggested donations for admission is $15, with proceeds benefiting Growing Places. Admission is free for Fitchburg State students.

“Growing Cities” shows filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette on their road trip to meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. The audience is invited to join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting; they’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

Seedlings will also be for sale at the local screening. Advance registration is required.

The showing is co-sponsored by the Douglas and Isabelle Crocker Center for Civic Engagement at Fitchburg State University and Growing Places.

Growing Places helps low-income individuals, families, and communities in North Central Massachusetts realize the many health, economic, and social benefits of growing their own produce by building food gardens and teaching the skills to maintain them. Each sustainable garden is designed to meet individual needs and built by a team of volunteers.

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