Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Education for Sustainability

Greening Our Schools — Transformative Education for Sustainability

Greening the curriculum means ensuring that students are capable of taking on the 21st century challenges of global warming and climate change (the most serious threat ever to face humanity), social inequities, unsustainable lifestyles, and the urgent need to switch to a renewable energy-based economy.

The Value of School Gardens

School gardens are a wonderful way to use the schoolyard as a classroom, reconnect students with the natural world and the true source of their food, and teach them valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects, such as math, science, art, health and physical education, and social studies, as well as several educational goals, including personal and social responsibility.

Julie Johnston, GreenHeart Education, is offering great educational resources for teachers and everyone else interested in Education for Sustainability
check out http://www.greenhearted.org/

Monday, March 14, 2011

Screenings, Festivals, Awards

I'm adding this photo again, you'll see many faces that appear in the documentary, the students and teachers continue to stay inspired and inspire others with their story.  Awhile ago some of these students were in Winnipeg to demonstrate the construction of a Geodesic Greenhouse, these structures will probably be showing up around Wabowdon and other Manitoba communities  in the spring..  it took the students only 45 minutes to assemble this one!

I help out with Katharina's website  (she directed and produced this documentary) and tonight I was busy trying to update all the screenings and presentations that she and Eleanor are involved in,  it is hard to keep up with all the activity.  To name a few, screenings coming up in Dawson City, Yukon, Thunder Bay, Ontario, FortWhyte Alive - Winnipeg, Thompson, Manitoba,  where Katharina and Eleanor are presenting together at the Northern Health Conference on March 17.  And the film just won this award -  Winner: Audience Award - Inspiring Lives - Princeton Environmental Film Festival.

I know its been pretty tough for Katharina to keep going through some of the post documentary production issues, however she rallies and continues to go out and teach about about  gardening and sustainability and healthy food and young people getting involved in gardening,  its what she is passionate about.  And her own gardening skills are quite amazing.  (she grew up farming and gardening with her family in Germany)  Maybe she'll be posting some photos of her own gardens once the season comes around, which is soon.

So, if you haven't seen her film, and have an interest in any of the issues above,   see if you can get to a screening.  (there is my big promotion..)  It is also a beautiful looking film.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Riverside School Garden, Princeton, NJ

a 65 x 35 instructional organic garden that is mostly curriculum driven

Riverside School, features the largest organic teaching garden in Princeton, NJ, will screen "And This Is My Garden"
during their "Healthy Children, Healthy Planet 2011" spring fair on, May 21, 2011

check out their wonderful Outdoor Classroom Teaching Garden

Winner: Audience Award - Inspiring Lives

"And This Is My Garden" Winner: Audience Award - Inspiring Lives
Princeton Environmental Film Festival

Congratulations Eleanor Woitowicz, Bonnie Monias & Mel Johnson School Gardeners!

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Community Supported Agriculture & Farm Tour

If you're interested in learning more about FortWhyte Farms and sharing in the harvest this coming season, please attend this information session and tour. The session will be preceded and followed by a viewing of the documentary ...And This Is My Garden, which was produced in association with Buffalo Gal Pictures, about an innovative school gardening program in a northern Manitoba community.

Sunday, March 13th - 12 to 4 p.m.

12pm & 3pm: ...And This is My Garden showing in the Interpretive Centre
1pm: Community Supported Agriculture Presentation
2pm: Farm and Greenhouse Tour

Register at (204) 989-8355
FREE with regular admission

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ATIMG screening in Whitehorse, Yukon

"And This Is My Garden"is screening on Thursday, March 3rd, in Whitehorse, Yukon, at the Potluck Co-op AGM - their common goal: "....eating more and more Yukon-grown organic food"