Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Screening May 28, 2010 Winnipeg

And This Is My Garden Friday, May 28, 2010 - screening: Art City,
616 Broadway, Winnipeg
Free event: artist in attendance.
Healthy Snack 5:30
more information call 775-9856

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Art City is a non-profit centre dedicated to providing high quality programs to residents of the West Broadway area of Winnipeg, MB.

May 15, 2010 Premiere in Wabowden

Premiere screening of "...And This Is My Garden" in Wabowden at Mel Johnson School.

The Wabowden audience received the documentary about the MJS gardening project & their community with a standing ovation.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


And This Is My Garden Premiere: Sat. May 15 2010 at 6:30 PM - Mel Johnson School, Wabowden, Manitoba
This is the Premiere of this film in the community profiled in the film!

Screening: Cinemateque, Art Space Bldg., 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg,
(204) 925-3457
Fri May 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Sat May 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Sun May 23, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

from Sunday, May 9

I met with Eleanor & Bonnie last night - they enjoyed their time in NYC - but are happy to be on their way home to Wabowden. They are planning the Premiere of "...And This Is My Garden" for Saturday, May 15 at Mel Johnson School. I am hoping to be able to participate ...should know in the next few days...
- Katharina

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Eleanor, Don & Bonnie in New York

Invitation to present at the United Nations

Hello Everyone,

Please see MB GOV. News Release & attached photos re. The Mel Johnson School Gardening Project - from Wabowden, Northern Manitoba all the way to the United Nations in New York.
Congratulations!... Eleanor, Bonnie & Don and young gardeners of Wabowden.
DVDs of the documentary "...And This Is My Garden" will be distributed to attending delegates.

Subject: News Release: Young Gardeners Share Seeds with World

Manitoba News Release
May 4, 2010

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Manitoba Teachers Invited to UN Commission On Sustainable Development

Education Minister Nancy Allan today congratulated three representatives from the Frontier School Division today as they travelled to New York to present the Mel Johnson School Gardening Project to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.

Retired teacher Eleanor Woitowicz who started the project, Bonnie Monais who continues the gardening and assistant superintendent Don McCaskill will share details about the program that introduces students to sustainable development by helping them plant, tend and harvest their own vegetables in backyard gardens.

"Projects like this are great for teaching skills such as food production, healthy eating and encouraging new generations in Manitoba's northern communities to connect with the land," Allan said. "We're proud to know Manitoba teachers are being recognized for developing this innovative project and have this opportunity to share their experiences with others."

The Mel Johnson School Gardening Project began in 2006 as a part of the division's science curriculum Veggie Adventures. Seeds sprout in a greenhouse and are transplanted into gardens around the school in Wabowden. In a place where produce must be flown in from hundreds of miles away, the project allows children and their families to grow their own food and add fresh vegetables to their diets.

The project was one of three selected as good practice examples by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to be presented at this year's Commission on Sustainability. It was chosen out of 60 examples from over 30 countries because it demonstrates:
. how formal education can contribute to sustainability,
how whole communities can contribute to sustainable practices,
. how other communities can duplicate the project, and
. how Aboriginal communities contribute and benefit from sustainability projects.

The group from Wabowden will give a 15-minute presentation during the event tomorrow and will be part of discussions with sustainability experts.

"It's clear that this project has been great for Wabowden, as participation continues to increase," said Allan. "Students choose to remain involved even after they've moved on to higher grades. Projects like these inspire teachers to find new ways to include sustainability education in their curricula and encourage students to make sustainable development a way of life."

The Mel Johnson School Gardening Project is an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) initiative, using education to change social attitudes. ESD uses hands-on learning to show students how to live in a way that balances economic, social and environmental needs.