The Myriad Botanical Gardens and the newly formed OKC Urban Ag Coalition, a group dedicated to contributing to the health of Oklahomans and the environment at large, will present a film series designed to raise public awareness on the benefits of urban agriculture, saving water and preserving biodiversity.
“We’ve noticed a movement towards urban farming and a growing demand for locally grown food across the U.S. and throughout Oklahoma,” said Kathryn Gant, co-chair for the OKC Urban Ag Coalition. “This film series is our way of responding to that movement and inspiring and educating the public on how to participate.”
“More Than Honey,” “Symphony of the Soil” and “Growing Cities” are acclaimed documentary films that promise to take viewers into the changing landscape of modern-day agriculture while reminding them of the significance of preservation in an age of rapid globalization.
“More than Honey” will be screened Friday. The film explores the mystery behind the disappearance of 1.5 million beehives across 27 states. The film will capture the vital role bees play in maintaining life on Earth.
“Symphony of the Soil” will play Aug. 22 and will educate viewers about the role soil plays in sustaining life on Earth. The film will examine the relationship humans have with soil and the effects of deforestation on the planet.
“Growing Cities” is set for Sept. 4 and will examine the growing trend of urban farming in America. The film will feature urban farms in city parking lots, backyards and on rooftops.
The film series is sponsored by TLC Garden Centers and supported by Transition OKC and the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
If you go
Movies will be shown from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Terrace Room at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave. A reception featuring food and beverages will follow each movie. Cost of admission for each movie is $5 per person, Gant said.
To learn more
For more information about the film series or to purchase tickets, call 445-7080 or go to www.myriadgardens.org.