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Starting Fresh

October 26, 2013
Out with the old and in with the new...

Out with the old and in with the new…

Big changes are in the works. We are moving to the East Bay, the rent increase on our home/urban farm turned out to be too steep. After a three month search we have found a new home (apartment) in Alameda, a sunny little island town in San Francisco Bay just off Oakland. Our new landlord is putting in brand new raised beds for us and additional water spigots, so even though the new yard is smaller it will have some improvements. It is a blank slate which I am really looking forward to filling with color and delicious fruits and veg. Due to the lack of space I will have to be creative in finding enough space to grow seedlings, but I will find a way.  Saying goodbye to our home of 11 years has been tough, but the hardest part is saying goodbye to our neighbors. I have enjoyed having them be a part of our lives, sharing garden goods, closing each others garage doors when forgotten, seeing their kids grow, helping them with problems, all that everyday stuff that we take for granted. I have never known so many of my neighbors before and it has been a pleasure. We will miss them. I am looking forward to meeting our new neighbors, especially the ones who have this lovely little garden:

Our new neighbors sweet garden

Our new neighbors sweet garden

What does this mean for the the documentary? Well, things have been moving a bit slower than we had planned. Since our last blog post we have continued the editing of the main documentary, researched music and archival footage, and went to Seattle for the American Community Garden Association annual conference to participate in their first video festival (one of our short videos won first place – yay!). If you are not familiar with the ACGA please go to their website and see what they do and think about becoming a member, we are!

 We have been applying for grants and have made it to the final round on one and are still waiting to hear back from another.  Due to the move we did not have a fall seedling sale, but there will be more in  the future, it is such a great way for us to meet gardeners in our community. It is a small, but useful way we have raised money for the documentary, which is much needed at this stage.  If you want to contribute, you can make a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor the San Francisco Film Society.  We will send you a surprise thank you gift! If you would like to participate in other ways (rough-cut feedback, have skills you want to share, etc…) please let me know, filmmaking is a collaborative process and we want you to be a part of it.  Also, we want to give a big thank you to all the urban farmers, entrepreneurs, activists and eaters for inspiring us to keep the project going.  If you want to see who we are smitten with follow us on facebook and twitter.

Thank you for your support!
Kristi Adams
Director of “From the Ground Up”

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