Magic Harvest

2011 | Short | 26 mins

Director: Jeni Lee
Producer: Julia de Roeper

Adelaide Hills author Lolo Houbein believes that growing food is the most important political act we can undertake. Her book, One Magic Square, inspired this unique project in the City of Onkaparinga. Under the guidance of grower Tori Moreton, residents were invited to create a food plot in one square metre of their own gardens. The film follows the process from start to finish, from the initial community meetings, through workshops as participants learn how to compost, plant and look after their gardens, to the celebratory harvest and community feast at the end of the season. It documents the trials and tribulations of first time gardeners, and follows their progress as they struggle and triumph against weather, pests and inertia to grow and cook their own food. It is an idea as simple as it is radical as it inspirational.

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