After two years of collecting community stories, interviews, and planting a season of summer vegetables in River Park, the Growing Justice (GJ) youth team will publicly display their findings via a mobile art exhibit.
 
GJ, CAN, and Mesa Verde Gardens, in collaboration with the Watsonville Film Festival’s first fall film showing, will display community experiences in food insecurity, rising costs of housing, and safety.
 
Complementing the film Maize in Times of War, (a documentary that traces the yearly cycle of four Indigenous maize plots (milpas) in different regions of Mexico, GJ’s mobile art exhibit will feature an interactive kitchen experience through the eyes of Watsonville community gardeners and local youth.
 
It will feature stories of resilience through community food ways, the realities of looming hunger, the enticement of fast foods, and the harvest from the gardens. In the photo at right, Growing Justice youth Jenny, rewrites a reflection on ancestral ties to the land by local Watsonville youth. This exhibit is one approach to engaging the viewer’s imagination in envisioning a differently intentioned and organized food system.
 
The Growing Justice project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. Additional funding provided by Clif BarPajaro Valley Community Health Trust, and Monterey Peninsula Foundation make this project possible.