The filmmakers follow school classes over the course of a year capturing the fun and excitement of the children as they grow along with their gardens. The kids' curiosity, discovery, successes and failures are captured in a lively and candid way. A fun look at how we can reforge our connection to nature.

The Schoolgarden

Many children have no idea where the food on their plates comes from. Some may say from the grocery store or supermarket. In The Netherlands, school gardens in one form or another have been a feature of school life for over 100 years. The first ones were created at the turn of the twentieth century with the aim of tackling child poverty and in particular poor nutrition. The plan was to get children outdoors growing vegetables so as to supplement the often meager diet of the poorer families. The tradition continues to this day, and while most children no longer suffer from a lack of food, being introduced to a healthy diet remains as relevant as ever. Like their parents and grandparents before them, primary school children begin each Spring a year round adventure armed with rubber boots, a bucket and spade. On their own two square meters of ground (just over 20 square feet) each child learns how to sow, grow and cook their own food — skills that will last them a lifetime. By leaving the classroom and getting their hands in the soil, the youngsters experience for themselves not only what healthy food actually tastes like but also the connection the plants have to myriad other life forms around them. What better ways is there to fight obesity and and learn about the importance of biodiversity? Many of today’s health problems can be traced to poor diet, so it stands to reason that people who grow their own food are both happier and healthier. In addition school gardens can teach children the importance of caring for the environment and how nature works to feed us. The award winning team of Dutch filmmakers at EMS FILMS follow five primary school classes in Amsterdam over the course of an entire year capturing the fun and excitement of the children as they grow along with their gardens. The kids' curiosity, discovery, successes and failures are captured in a lively and candid way. A fun and informative look at how we can reforge a connection to nature. When you plant a seed a plant will grow. When you put a child in a school garden they grow too.

Release Date:

2020