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And This Is My Garden, documentary film, 58 min.

SYNOPSIS “…AND THIS IS MY GARDEN” Food insecurity, climate change, and fuel risk are serious threats to communities around the world. In the small town of Wabowden, Northern Manitoba, two school teachers, Eleanor Woitowicz and Bonnie Monias, are empowering their students with the knowledge, discipline and skills to grow their own food sustainably in backyard gardens. And This Is My Garden is an inspirational documentary film about the power of education to foster healthier lifestyles and the therapeutic affects of re-connecting youth & their elders to the earth. The film follows the teachers and their students for a season of planting, harvesting, preserving, and ultimately celebrating the fruits of their labour at the Mel Johnson School annual harvest display and community feast. Sustainable, edible gardening addresses issues of Community Food Security, Empowerment, Environmental Improvement & and Chronic Disease Prevention. Along the way, the students improve academic achievement, develop a sense of responsibility, pride and accomplishment, and engage their elders to work toward building healthier communities and a sustainable future. The film addresses the larger issues affected by this innovative school gardening project, which literally breaks new ground in education and has the potential to change the way we live. The success of the Mel Johnson School Gardening Project has been recognized by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, the David Suzuki Foundation, Manitoba Conservation & Manitoba Hydro. “…And This Is My Garden” has won: • Most Inspirational Film Award at the EcoFocus Film Festival, Athens, Georgia. • Audience Award - Inspiring Lives, Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Princeton, New Jersey • Honorable Mention, Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival, Houston, TX Wabowden, is situated near the geographic centre of Manitoba, north of the 54th parallel – and was once part of the historic Grass River Fur Trade route. It is home to approximately 600 residents, the majority of whom are of First Nations and Métis heritage.

Publisher: Katharina Stieffenhofer, 2010

Author: Katharina Stieffenhofer


Category: Education Community

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