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The Garden - Fighting for an LA Urban Garden
The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers…
Ripe for Change
California -- always a fascinating marriage of opposite extremes -- is at a cross-roads in agriculture. Many Californians are struggling to fend off overdevelopment and the loss of farming lands and traditions while embracing innovative visions of agricultural sustainability. At…
Fighting for our Lives - The United Farm Workers' 1973 Grape Strike and The Wrath of Grapes
This two part video focuses on the history of the United Farm Workers and the 1973 grape strike and the pesticides sprayed on the fruit we eat.
Factory Farms
Factory Farms tells the unique story of California agriculture, a highly capitalized, sophisticated industry with substandard wage rates that keep its workers in poverty and destitution. The film documents 1959 labor conditions for farm workers, including the bracero system of…
The Land Is Rich
The Land Is Rich documents the United Farm Workers struggle to organize California farm workers in the early 1960's. It includes their march from Delano to Sacramento in the spring of 1966. The film contrasts the economic strength of California…
The Harvesters
The Harvesters documents late 1950's farm labor conditions in California's fields when 14 to 16 hour days paid workers at eighty-five cents to a dollar per hour. Featuring photography of many different crops grown throughout the state, it exposes how…
Tulare, The Phantom Lake
Tulare, The Phantom Lake explores the landscape of what was once the largest lake in America west of the Mississippi River, a lake that disappeared by the year 1900 due to water diversion and land reclamation for agriculture. The Tulare…
Families and Flowers
The flower-growing industry in northern San Diego County is in many ways a microcosm of our rapidly changing society. Encinitas, California - the once self-proclaimed "flower capital of the world" - is facing daunting challenges. Economic growth and increased population…
Uno Veintecinco
Uno Veintecinco documents the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), AFL-CIO, strike in 1962 to get lettuce pickers in California $1.25 / hour. The film interviews organizers and workers and reviews the 20th century history of labor organizing in California's fields.…