Friday, March 25, 2011
Greening Our Schools — Transformative Education for SustainabilityGreening 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.
check out http://www.greenhearted.org/
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
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
during their "Healthy Children, Healthy Planet 2011" spring fair on, May 21, 2011
check out their wonderful Outdoor Classroom Teaching Garden
Saturday, March 5, 2011
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