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Basic Black
Food Project, The: Growing Together
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Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

Food Project, Farms, Teenagers BASIC BLACK shows how The Food Project, an organization that brings city and suburban youth together to work on a farm in Lincoln, Mass., is changing lives with dirt, seeds, and fresh vegetables.

"Our vision is somewhat simple," says Food Project co-director Greg Gale. "We want to change the lives of each young person that comes through our summer program…and change the way food is grown and the earth is taken care of."

BASIC BLACK follows team leader Carline Dorcena of Dorchester, Lexington’s Sam Miller Rosen, and Andre Moore of Roslindale through a summer with The Food Project—from the trust-building exercises at the summer’s start to the closing dinner, with lots of sowing, weeding, and team-building in between. In addition to farming in Lincoln, youth in The Food Project do community service at the Long Island Shelter, work on community gardens in Roxbury, and take a field trip to Bread and Circus market to learn about selling produce. As the crops come in, Food Project workers apply this knowledge at their farm stand in Roxbury’s Dudley Square neighborhood.

As the vegetables grow, so do the relationships among the diverse young people working side by side. "It’s not just farming," says Sam Rosen, "it’s community building."



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Broadcast program

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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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