FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING!
Come see a free community screening of Cultivating Kids, an engaging 22 minute film about the South Whidbey School District Garden Program by filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young. It takes place at the Clyde Theatre on Sunday, November 6, 2 pm. A preview of the film is available here: https://vimeo.com/171443754
After all of their international work and documentaries shown on PBS, local filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young were delighted to discover a trailblazing school farm near their home on Whidbey Island. In Cultivating Kids, the children are the stars, backed up by a creative garden coordinator, teachers, and community volunteers.
Students stream into the garden every week, eager to feast on organic raw kale, carrots, beans and bok choi. Science and math curriculum is adapted to garden
activities, and kids provide hands on assistance with planting beans and digging
At first, Chartwells Schools Dining Services–the school lunch provider–was concerned about serving produce from the school farm. Garden coordinator Cary Peterson worked closely with the provider to assure food safety, and South Whidbey Schools became the first of Chartwells’ 550 districts to grow produce for their own school lunches.
Reviews of the film have been very positive. According to Anupama Joshi, Executive Director & Co-Founder, National Farm to School Network, “Cultivating Kids so beautifully captures the excitement and joy that farm to school brings to kids, educators, and community members. Show this film to anyone you want to convert into a lifetime farm to school supporter!”
Chef Ann Cooper, internationally recognized author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children, chef, educator, public speaker, and advocate of healthy food for all children, had this to say: “What a great film! The South Whidbey School District has created a wonderful program that demonstrates the endless possibilities of school gardens to serve as powerful education tools and promote healthy lifestyle habits among students.”
At the November 6 screening, attendees will enjoy fresh garden snacks and hear from the filmmakers, the garden coordinator, and Goosefoot, a local non-profit organization that has raised extensive funding for the program. Donations for the school gardens will be gratefully accepted and will go towards meeting a $30,000 challenge match from the Goose Grocer.
The Clyde Theatre is located at 217-1st Street in Langley, WA. The filmmakers,
Goosefoot, the School Garden Program, and the South Whidbey School District would like to thank and recognize Lynn and Blake Willeford for so generously donating the use of the Clyde Theatre for this screening.
Over the last 30 years, filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin have produced documentaries around the world, largely focused on building a more sustainable future. To them, sustainability means both the environment and social justice. Six of their productions have been broadcast across the country on PBS stations, most recently Shift Change  and Good Food , and many have won prestigious film festival awards. In late October, they are off to screen a very recent film, WEconomics: Italy in the UN Association Film Festival in San Francisco.