Video Lounge

Baba Talks With THE 36

Baba Pear-Sun, holistic counselor and healthy living advisor, stopped by to share some words of encouragement and wisdom to participants of the 10-Day Healthy YOU Challenge. Listen to his advise carefully, as this is a personal experience, with group support. He is a gift to our community and we are blessed to have his support of our food security efforts. He will be back to conduct a supermarket tour with THE 36 and he has offered himself to the group for support and guidance. Check him out at or (954) 235-2601 #livethemessage #THE36 #organicisaffordable

Van Alen Sessions | Season 4, Turning the Tide in Miami | Episode 4: Climate & Gentrification

As Miamians begin to relocate to higher ground and property developers sharpen their focus on poor and underserved inland neighborhoods, how can existing residents of these districts stand their ground in the face of intensifying gentrification? In this episode, we walk the streets of Liberty City with a local activist who recounts the neighborhood's legacy of segregation as well as the new perils associated with gentrification, and we visit a community farm where marginalized residents grow food to contribute to the local economy and improve the health of the neighborhood. Our informants point out that it’s the local residents who know best about what communities need to become more equitable and resilient.

The CHEW Visits Cerasee Farm

Cerasee Farm is an community farm located in inner city Miami. ABC's "The Chew" visited Cerasee and interviewed participants from the Agape Mustard Seed Project.

The Mustard Seed Project is a nationally, recognized horticulture training program for women coming out of drug rehabilitation and prison.

It is the next in line of successful horticulture therapy programs started by UGW's James Jiler.

A Sentence of Transformation: James Jiler at TEDxCoconutGrove

James Jiler speaking at TEDxCoconutGrove at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida on prisons, gardens, restoration, and inspiration. James holds a Masters Degree in Forestry and Social Ecology from Yale University and is the former director of The Horticultural Society of New York's GreenHouse Program, a jail-to-street horticulture program at New York City's jail complex on Rikers Island. In 2008, James co-founded Urban GreenWorks, which integrates hands-on landscape design, garden installation and landscape management with at-risk youth and adults in the Florida criminal justice system. James is author of "Doing Time in the Garden" (New Village Press 2006) a personal narrative which explores the role of gardening in prisons and institutional settings.

Green is the new Orange

Green is the New Orange, a short documentary about five women with addictions and convictions, who are trying to change the course of their lives, one empty urban lot at a time. As they dig, plant and nurture their way through internal and external conflict, they begin to understand the reality of what it will take to re-define how their community sees them, and how they see themselves.

Director, Jayme Gershen, teams up with Urban GreenWorks' Cerasee Farm and The Mustard Seed Project to bring an enlightening view of urban farming and community food security in south Florida.

Greening a "Food Desert"

Greening a "Food Desert", a short documentary about an urban farm project in the heart of the City of Miami's Liberty City, one of the most marginalized areas of south Florida and a USDA identified "food desert".

Director, Ivana Damien George, visited Miami and found her way to UGW's Cerasee Farm in Liberty City. Together with Roger Horne, UGW Director of Community Health Initiatives, she brings an enlightening view of the"food desert" dynamic and it effects on community food security and food justice.

Dirt! The Movie

Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book 'Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth', this documentary is a witty yet poignant look at man's relationship with dirt. Check out UGW's James Jiler talk about his horticulture program at Riker's Island and the impact that dirt has had on the transformation of prison inmates, at 1:07:03. Click here to view the full movie  on YouTube!

Will Allen of Growing Power

Will Allen is the father of the modern urban farming movement in America. He was the first African-American basketball player at the University of Miami. He has been farming for over 50 years and was the initial spark that inspired UGW and many other local organizations to start down this path. If you are interested in learning more, click here.


Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food is made possible by bees and other pollinators. 

We depend on bees for diversity in our food system. But bees are in trouble, which is why Cascadian Farm wanted to help. We launched our Bee Friendlier initiative with a Flower Bombing in Yolo County, California, where we planted over a million native wildflower seeds to help increase pollinator habitat.

Watch the video and join the cause by planting your own wildflowers, buying organic and avoiding pesticides. Because even a small change can make a big difference. Click #beefriendlier for more information on how you can help.

Contact our friends at Comb-Cutter, Live Bee Removal for a consultation.

Welcome to Cerasee Farm!

Cerasee Farm opened in Liberty City 5 years ago. It is UGW's response to the USDA labeling the community as "food desert". The goal is to highlight issues of land ownership and use, food insecurity, food justice with an emphasis on their relationship to and effects on community, individual, and environmental health.

The Education Effect

Students and faculty celebrate the launch of the aquaponics lab at NorthWestern Senior High School in Liberty City, Miami. "This is an outstanding example of the collaborative efforts that institutions of higher education should be partaking in the communities they serve."

Students are excited to share stories of their involvement in a project that partnered with FIU and UGW, among others, to elevate their learning experience with integrated outdoor activities.

This Is NOT Sustainable

For FAO forests are mere deposits of carbon, and so, industrial tree plantations are forests. A vision shared by the big companies most responsible for climate change and forest destruction. Those who are making big money by replacing forests with these "green deserts". But plantations are NOT forests! On the International Day of Forests, let's say NO to the real drivers of deforestation.