Head down to Community Action of Erie County Green Entrepreneurial Center's urban farm Friday evening, July 22, to learn and observe first hand from some seasoned urban farmers.
The farm is located just off Main Street at 70 Harvard Place. The group is inviting the community, including you, to tour its urban farm. Community members are invited to learn the techniques behind urban farming, learn benefits that urban agriculture has to offer, and share their own stories and struggles with urban farming.
The free event will also feature short films shot in Buffalo screened at the event, presented by Squeaky Wheel. The films are part of a series called Channels- Stories from the Niagara Frontier, produced by the non-profit media group to highlight locally relevant issues and grassroots initiatives.
A second tour will also be held on Friday, August 5, at 8 pm.
The schedule for the events are as follows:
July 22, 8:00 PM
"Building on Our Past for Our Future" by Diedie Weng & Preservation Buffalo Niagara - This video aims to promote a conversation about low-income communities' efforts and struggles in revitalizing neglected historical neighborhoods by valuing the people and the place as assets. (22 mins)
"A Deck of Cards" by Seth Wochensky & Circle of Friends - This video focuses on the students who are part of Circle of Friends as they interact, play games, and talk about their experience and changing attitudes about (dis)abilities and life in general. (19 mins)
Zoetrope Animation Strip Making - Learn how to make a short cartoon using just markers, paper, and Squeaky's old record player-turned-zoetrope!
August 5, 8:00 PM
"'Round the Clock: Buffalo Workers and the Fight for Jobs with Justice" by Christine Zinni and the Coalition for Economic Justice - This video conveys the human dimension of what it takes to make the city work by focusing on the struggles of four workers and a broad based coalition of activists who are taking action to obtain just wages. (16 mins)
"Prisoners Are People Too!" by Doug Ruffin and Prisoners Are People Too! - This video compiles interviews with reformed offenders and prison justice workers, including Prisoners Are People Too! founder Karima Amin, to highlight the often overlooked issues facing prisoners and previously incarcerated individuals. (12 mins)
Thaumatrope Making - Draw two images and watch them come become one using just marker, papers, and rubber bands!
For more information, visit the Squeaky Wheel website.