Capstones

Title

Black Gold

Graduation Date

Winter 12-17-2021

Grading Professor

Bob Sacha

Subject Concentration

Documentary

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

Jae Lee is an urban farmer and keeper of New York City soil. Lee spends her time working across gardens throughout New York City. At Phoenix Community Garden in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, she devises a community composting plan and picks up food scraps from local cafes. She then takes those food scraps to Phoenix Community Garden where she and some of the garden members process those food scraps and turn it into "black gold" or compost. Lee believes that a large part of her role on earth is nourishing the soil. However, New York City gardens are not only inhabited by vegetables and people. City dwellers also share the streets with animal friends, rodents. Rats and some garden members challenge Jae’s desire to carry out composting and her vision of human beings being at peace with their environment.

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