A Documentary Film
by Elaine Velazquez & Barbara Bernstein
GAINING GROUND is a documentary about growing food, empowering communities and changing lives. The film interweaves three stories: activists living in the shadow of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California, struggle to transform their violent inner-city food desert by creating vibrant organic gardens, jobs and leadership training for local youth; a family on the verge of losing their dairy farm in rural Oregon, finds a new direction growing produce for their local community; and the determined wife of the largest grass seed farmer in the Willamette Valley, convinces her husband to grow organic grains. GAINING GROUND reveals the tenacity and courage of these diverse urban and rural farmers, committed to serving and empowering their communities. More. . .