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Award-winning documentary “The Garden” to screen in Santa Cruz

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The Garden (, a 2009 Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature, documents the rise of a lush 14-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles from the ashes of the 1992 riots.  It grew to become the largest of its kind in the United States, only to be threatened with destruction when the property was sold under questionable circumstances.

Who: Everyone!
When: Thursday, March 25 (7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30)
Where: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Tickets are $10 purchased online at: or $15 at the door.  No charge for children under 16.  Proceeds will benefit the California Food and Justice Coalition.

The California Food & Justice Coalition promotes the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural, environmental and economic justice.  A panel discussion will follow the screening with:

• Rufina Juárez, of the South Central Farmers, who will talk about the personal experience of eviction from the garden and what the farmers are doing now.

• Shereen D’Souza, of the California Food & Justice Coalition, talking about model policies and actions that communities are taking to protect land for food production.

• Terry Corwin, Executive Director of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, talking about what is happening in Santa Cruz County to protect farm and garden space as well as natural habitat.

The evening is organized by the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz and the California Food and Justice Coalition.  Co-sponsors are Transition Santa Cruz and Slow Food Santa Cruz.

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