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“Grown in Detroit” focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly African-American, pregnant and parenting teenagers. As part of the curriculum, the girls are taught agriculture skills on the school’s own farm which is located behind the school, in what used to be the playground. The young mothers, often still children themselves, learn to become knowledgeable about the importance of nutritional foods, the process by which these foods arrive at their plates, and ultimately, to become independent and self-empowered through the process of farming. Under the name of filmij, filmmakers Mascha and Manfred Poppenk, partners privately and in business, are working on documentaries that are as close to reality as possible.
This event is free and open to the public.