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 South Boston Grows aims to Improve Community Food Access AND allows for Continued Learning Opportunities for youth; their families and their community...



This program expands the positive connection between the eating habits among those who grow food in local, urban gardens in the neighborhood of  Boston, Massachusetts before, during and after participating in this Garden-Based nutrition education intervention, known as the program. The purpose of this program is to improve green space and access and exposure to healthy produce and herbs as well as to identify ways to improve eating habits in urban areas of need, otherwise known as food desserts. Inadvertently, this program may also increase exercise output of the participants involved; merely because they are exerting more physical energy. It has become apparent over recent years that a growing number of youth, as well as a growing number of those with reduced socioeconomic status in urban areas, are at a higher risk for being overweight or obese. Thus, this type of garden-based nutrition education intervention was put in place to improve eating habits and ultimately, intake of produce from the project gardens in these urban areas of need. Teen participants involved in the summer program for 7-9 weeks as well as school age participants who were involved during the school year are involved in age appropriate garden-based education topics including but not limited to: growing and preparing food in and from urban gardens, composting, seed saving, and even looking at how to farm in large scale suburban and/or rural farms. This program provides long lasting education and knowledge about improving food access in our precarious environment. In addition,  the program provides long lasting skills that many youth and other community members can certainly benefit from.



Whats New Now in the Gardens?

In 2015, we will be offering individual plots to neighbors and community groups to improve food access and garden-based nutrition education. Join us at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and LEARN MORE! - Read below for more information on this exciting event starting 1/29/14 2015



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VISIT the Wild and Scenic Film Fesitival 3-21-15, 1-4 pmat Northeastern University's Raytheon Amphitheater



2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival


Saturday 3-21-15 1-4 pm

Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour... At the 40th Annual Gardeners Gathering at Northeastern University's Raytheon Amphitheater

Film Series 55 min:


COMPOST-a-lujah! (3): Let’s face it: composting isn’t the most glamorous of topics or activities. It can be dirty, rotten, and smelly. But it doesn’t have to be. Meet Linda Olsen – master composter. She gave her heart to composting, and in return, it gave her life. This short short presents simple steps to reduce your waste while producing natural fertilizer for your garden.


Harvest of Shadows (8): “Harvest of Shadows” explores undocumented immigration and contemporary farm labor conditions in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s richest agricultural region. Drawing upon photographer Matt Black’s long-term exploration of life in the Central Valley, this documentary short highlights the Valley’s farm fields and small towns, including interviews with community members whose commentary sheds light on the lives of the estimated 450,000 undocumented farm laborers currently working in the state.


El Campo es Vida (10): Javier Vera is a 20-year-old, third generation gaucho living in the Aysen region of Chilean Patagonia, a region that has deteriorated significantly due to agricultural use by previous generations of gauchos. While maintaining a traditional gaucho lifestyle, Javier is one of many young locals working in conservation-based tourism initiatives across Patagonia that are serving as new models for conserving the region’s wild lands. Javier is not tempted by the lure of a faster paced lifestyle and instead believes strongly in the joy and beauty of rural life. This is a portrait of a young man living a dichotomous life in one of the world’s last remaining truly wild places.


Damocracy (34): Damocracy is a short documentary that exposes the myth of dams as ‘green’ energy through two examples from Amazonia and Mesopotamia: the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil and the Ilisu Dam in Turkey. The documentary shows the potential disasters these dams would cause on cultural heritage, wildlife and local communities who rely on the rich natural resources provided by the Tigris and Xingu rivers. The film also questions the sanity of climate change solutions that depend on the destruction of ‘the lungs of the Earth’ and ‘the cradle of civilization’. It is a call to action to save this priceless natural and cultural heritage being gambled for the interests of a few.


Film Series 36 min:


Rock Wall Climbing (5): How do big wall climbers get their start? With little walls, of course. This may be the case for 8-year-old climber Kathrin Houston who convinces her father to build a climbing wall in the other half of their small two-car garage.


The Squeekiest Roar (4): “The Squeakiest Roar tells the story of a little lion called Bapoto. He is desperate to have a big, loud roar like his brothers and sisters, but every time he tries, Bapoto makes a very different sound. His roar is high and squeaky. Saddened, Bapoto decides he will never roar again. Until one day he stumbles across an animal choir, who help Bapoto realise the beauty of his unique, squeaky roar.”


Who Rules the Earth (10): Who Rules the Earth? uses animation to bring to life the most important idea to emerge from the social sciences over the past century: how social rules shape our planet and our lives. Combining science, beauty, and activism within a compelling narrative, Who Rules the Earth? brings the audience on a discovery adventure quite unlike any other. Written by Paul Steinberg, a professor of environmental politics at the Claremont Colleges and award-winning author, the film was animated by ten students from the California Institute of the Arts, each of whom offers a unique visual interpretation of this political coming-of-age story. Who Rules the Earth? is part of The Social Rules Project, a multi-media initiative involving over 100 students from six colleges in the Los Angeles area in an effort to inform and inspire


My First Fish (7): My First Fish is a story about a boy’s first experience going steelhead fishing with his father on the Trinity River in Northern California. The film is focuses on the perspective of a child in this new magical environment and the exciting moment of catching his first fish. After and epic battle, the boy has a chance to hold the fish and once they make eye contact, the memory is etched into the child’s brain forever instilling a connection to the wild and the foundation for environmental stewardship. Then upon releasing the fish back into the river, we see him staring deeply into the water and the fish looking back at him, and its this connection to nature that will live on the child’s heart for years to come.


Raptor Blues (2): A musical stop motion animation that tells the story of secondary poisoning of raptors from rat poisoning in a way that everyone can understand.


The Scared is Scared (8): I asked a six year old what my movie should be about, and this is what he told me.


Film Series 54 min:



Field Spotlight: President Anote Tong (5): President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati, a Pacific Island nation, is leading the formation of the Pacific Oceanscape — an action plan for marine conservation that impacts almost 40 million square kilometers (more than 15 million square miles), a territory larger than Canada, the United States and Mexico combined. President Tong, also a CI Board Member, explains not only the need to set aside marine protected areas for ensuring food security, but also shares examples of how rising sea levels are dramatically affecting his island nation and his people.


Beyond Reclaimed (10): Beyond Reclaimed, is a short film that enlightens the Flagstaff community to the complex issues associated with the use of reclaimed water. Utilizing captivating footage of the city and interviews with local professionals, the film ultimately communicates the need for sound water policy and conservation in the city of Flagstaff, Arizona community.


Buffalo Wild (4): A poem written by the world renowned John Trudell, music by Goodshield Aguilar and Mignon Geli and edited by Mike Mease, This music video takes you on the historical ride America’s Buffalo have traveled. Bring the viewer to the still continuing tragedy these sacred Buffalo endure.


Field Spotlight: Monique Pool (6): Monique Pool, CI partner and founder of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname, finds herself “slothified” after an area of forest in Paramaribo, Suriname, is cut down. Monique rescues more than 200 animals, mostly sloths, and brings them to an emergency shelter, which also happens to be her home. Watch how Monique manages to feed, house, and release the sloths back into the wild.


The New Environmentalists: Zero Sum Game (4.5): Elementary school teacher Rossano Ercolini began a public education campaign about the dangers of incinerators in his small Tuscan town that grew into a national Zero Waste movement across Italy, eventually spreading throughout Europe.


The New Environmentalists: Change in the Air (4.5): A mother of three led her Chicago community in a successful campaign to shut down two of the country’s oldest and dirtiest coal fired power plants — Kimberly Wasserman is now transforming those sites into parks.


An Inconvenient Youth (11): An Inconvenient Youth captures the vibrant though under-reported story of the global youth climate movement. For too long, young people ? the very people whose lives will be most affected by the consequences of climate change ? have been, condescended to, or just plain ignored by governments, corporations, mainstream media and UN negotiators.


Stories of Trust: Calling for Climate Recovery – TRUST Massachusetts (9): 18-year-old Eshe Sherley speaks about justice. As a systems thinker, Eshe believes that climate change is a social justice issue. Since the age of 13, Eshe has been giving speeches and starting petitions in the hopes of showing that we can change our patterns by listening to the diversity of voices and ideas, including youth. She believes that if the government listens to the plaintiffs with the intention of acting and seeking a comprehensive climate solution, then we will be able to repair our climate system.



Film Series 34 min:




A Brief History of the 5cent Bag Tax (2): When your city is overflowing with plastic bags, how will you react? Jack Green, head of the Department of the Environment, is on a mission to rid the city of its plastic bag scourge in this short film by DC-based DunkYourBagel promoting reusable bags to protect the environment.




How the Kids Saved the Park (13): You know those movies where the kids get together and do something awesome? When they unite to overcome insurmountable odds? Maybe win the championship from the favored bad guys. Maybe embark on an epic quest to stop the grown ups from doing something stupid. This is one of those movies, except this one really happened. This is the story of a group of great kids that worked day and night to save the California State Parks that they love – this is ‘How The Kids Saved The Parks’.




Harvest of Shadows (8): “Harvest of Shadows” explores undocumented immigration and contemporary farm labor conditions in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s richest agricultural region. Drawing upon photographer Matt Black’s long-term exploration of life in the Central Valley, this documentary short highlights the Valley’s farm fields and small towns, including interviews with community members whose commentary sheds light on the lives of the estimated 450,000 undocumented farm laborers currently working in the state.




Ryan’s Stories (7): Living in poverty for as long as he remembers, Ryan Hudson grew up in and out of homeless shelters. At 14, Ryan was introduced to snowboarding through Outdoor Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to using outdoor activities to empower at risk youth, and his life took a 180. Now competing as a semi pro athlete and serving as a brand ambassador for The North Face, Ryan’s story shares just how transformational the outdoors can be.




The Joy of Air (4): “Leave the ground beneath your feet, Rise up, your inner legend greet. A body in motion —Twisting, turning, churning, yearning — Apex found, heaven bound. But remember, what goes up must come down. Director Bryan Smith of Reel Water Productions explores the concept of catching air across a variety of sports. Words by Fitz Cahall.”


Food: Local Beer and Pizza Made with Local Ingredients






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Thank you to Our Sponsors and Supporters

We are very lucky to have so many intelligent, supportive and interested people, organizations, companies, and groups helping South Boston Grows to move full force ahead.



Thank You to Our Funders:


Patagonia, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Boston Housing Authority, City of Boston Grassroots Open Space Program, South Boston Community Development Foundation, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Social Southie 




Thank You to Our Partners: 

Youth Ambassadors/Young at Arts/MBTreeA, Boston Housing Authority, St. Monica's/St. Augustine's, West Broadway Task Force, Old Colony Task Force, Mary Ellen McCormack Task Force, Planet Southie, American Provisions, The Paraclete Foundation, Boston Natural Areas Network, South Boston Literary Gazette, The Farm-Based Education Association, Nike's Back Your Block partnership




Thank You for Our In Kind Donations: 


American Provisions, The Food Project, Harpoon Helps, Garda Nee Land Improvement, Heyes Forest Products, Brick Ends Farm, High Mowing Seeds, Pat's Trattoria, Stapleton Florist, Flood Hardware, L Street Diner, Made In Fort Point, Cranberry Cafe, Flour Bakery, South Boston Arts Association, Phoebe Inc. 


 South Boston Grows is a 501c3 non-profit. 

All Donations are tax deductible.


Spring Garden Plans...

What will we have growing in APRIL? Lots of greens that can grow in cooler weather including; 3 varieties of Swiss Chard, Mizuna Greens, Kale, various types of Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots, Turnips, Peas,  Beets, Spinach, Arugula, and much more on the way! Stay tuned for fun and exciting new veggies!




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