Eve's Garden

Produced by: 
Heart of Camden with Scribe Video Center
Year: 
2007
Duration: 
00:09:15

Individual Film Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00

 

 


Precious Places Compilation Price:

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.3 compilation DVD.

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00

 

 


Scribe Video Center Program:

The Precious Places Community History Project is a community oral history project inviting members of the Philadelphia region's many neighborhoods to document the buildings, public spaces, parks, landmarks and other sites that hold the memories of our communities and define where we live. Precious Places teaches the video production process to participating groups, fostering projects authored by those who intimately know the featured neighborhoods

 


Humanities Consultant: Jeanne Allen

Production Facilitator: Sean Dougherty

 


Film Summary:

South Camden may not normally evoke images of verdant foliage and bountiful vegetable gardens. With an assortment of industries, an incinerator, a sewage treatment plant, and toxic areas including two federal Superfund sites, the neighborhood is severely affected by pollution. Respiratory and other health ailments are widespread, and neighborhood groups have decried the environmental racism that has rendered their very air a dire health hazard. Yet, as this documentary shows, Eve's Garden is part of a long history of neighborhood activism to make the streets of South Camden healthier and more beautiful. The garden features a large greenhouse, vegetable beds, and even a hand-built cob baking oven that the kids helped construct from local clay, sand and straw. Residents and school children grow corn, pole beans, tomatoes, collard greens, potatoes, squash and numerous other hand-tended delights. Founded in 2004, Eve’s Garden and Community Greenhouse gives residents the opportunity to have their own lush piece of paradise in the middle of Camden’s urban-industrial waterfront. While deadly environmental pollution disproportionately affects communities of color, urban gardens such as Eve’s have long-demonstrated that industrial blight does not have the final word on a community’s vitality.

 


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