Featuring “And This is My Garden”
Saturday March 15 – 6:30
Join us for pizza, beer, popcorn and conversation about the potential for gardens to build community in hundreds of ways.
Available at the PCA, at the door or online
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 to reconnect youth 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 develop a sense of responsibility, pride and accomplishment, and engage their elders to work toward building healthier communities and towards growing 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 and Manitoba Conservation.
“…And This Is My Garden” won “Most Inspirational Film” Award at the EcoFocus Film Festival, Athens, Georgia