For Immediate Release
Marijuana: The Gateway Plant to Urban Farming
Comedic New Video Celebrates Radical Black Farmers in Oakland, CA
WASHINGTON - How do you build a radical black farm in the middle of East Oakland? With a bold vision, an activist family, and the help of one small, stimulating green plant.
That's the message of the new video, "Marijuana: The Gateway Plant to Urban Farming," released today by ecological justice innovators Movement Generation. A cross between a mini-documentary and a hilarious Daily Show interview, "The Gateway Plant" tells the amazing true story of Full Harvest Farm in Oakland, CA.
Featuring the Full Harvest farmers Karissa and Region Lewis, the video shows how this powerhouse couple went from growing weed to growing organic tomatoes to something much bigger: repairing black people's severed relationship to land in America.
Produced and hosted by activist comedian Josh Healey, "The Gateway Plant" follows the Full Harvest farmers' journey from simple pot growers to visionary activists building a powerful, unapologetically black space for ecological restoration and self-determination.
"Our farm is about black liberation and community resilience," said Karissa Lewis, one of the Full Harvest co-founders. "Whether we're dealing with gentrification or food deserts or racist policing, in America it always comes down to land and power. So we're taking the land back. And that way, we can start to take our power back as a community."
Movement Generation is releasing "The Gateway Plant" as part of its Green Collar Comedy video series. Combining subversive humor and grassroots activism, MG's videos break through the dominant narratives on issues of race, class, and ecology. Which is exactly what Full Harvest Farm is doing.
"This is about revolutionizing the way we organize and the way we live," said Healey. "Art and activism, resistance and resilience -- they go together like weed and munchies. And if there's one thing I learned at Full Harvest Farm, it's that sometimes the biggest changes can start with just one little bud."
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