Javascript Menu by

Bullfrog Films

610-779-8226; 800-543-3764; P.O. Box 149 Oley, PA 19547
Email ListRss Info
Bookmark and Share
Bullfrog Films

is a leading source of educational DVDs & videos, with a collection of over 700 titles in these main subject areas:

  Climate Change
  Social Justice
  Developing World
  Indigenous Peoples
  Earth Science
  Life Science
  Political Science
  Performing Arts
  Women’s Studies
  Children’s Films
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .

Our site enables you to order securely online with a credit card or purchase order, or you can use our printable order form for faxing or mailing.
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Receive occasional notice of our new releases and special offers. Your address won’t be traded or sold.

Cultivating Kids

On South Whidbey Island, WA, a school farm shows that a garden can be a valuable addition to the curriculum while encouraging a healthy diet.

A printer-friendly version of this page 23 minutes
SDH Captioned>>

Directed by Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin
Produced by Moving Images

"Beautifully captures the excitement and joy that farm to school brings to kids, educators, and community members." Anupama Joshi, Exec. Dir., National Farm to School Network
[Note: Community screenings of CULTIVATING KIDS can be booked at Bullfrog Communities.]

On South Whidbey Island in the state of Washington, a school farm involves children from kindergarten through high school in every phase of raising organic vegetables as part of their school experience. Supported by local non-profits, community volunteers, and the school district, it shows that a garden can be a valuable addition to a school curriculum, while encouraging children to eat healthy food. The school farm sells local, organic produce to the school cafeterias and also supplies the local food bank and community nutrition programs with fresh organic produce throughout the growing season.

Grade Level: 4 - 12, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2017     Copyright Date: 2016
DVD ISBN: 1-941545-65-3

"This excellent production shows the value of outdoor education and should stimulate viewers interested in starting a similar school or community project. Garden tacos (kale leaves filled with carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes), anyone?"
Debra McLeod, Booklist

"This film is essential to re-imagining school curriculum and expanding our idea of how and what students can learn...Cultivating Kids is a conversation starter for school staff and anyone interested in relevant schooling and using gardens as a community-building tool."
Julia Putnam, Principal, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School

"With experiential learning gaining increasing traction nationwide, this short film offers a unique look at a successful school garden program. Recommended."
C. Block, Video Librarian

"Cultivating Kids captures both the spirit and functionality of school garden programs...This film clearly demonstrates the academic, social, and health benefits of school gardens and could be well used in garden or place-based education courses to initiate and support conversations among pre-service as well as experienced teachers about the value of this outdoor educational resource."
Gregory Smith, Professor of Education, Lewis and Clark College

"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!"
Anupama Joshi, Executive Director and Co-Founder, National Farm to School Network

"From hands-on science to healthy eating and food justice, Cultivating Kids shows the potential to employ school gardens as an integrated context for meeting today's educational goals. Through diverse footage and interviews, we see the many ways that a garden cultivates not only plants, but also wonder, joy, and transformative education in a space where teachers, administrators, students and community members can connect with the idea that 'in this one seed is an entire life.'"
Dr. Tori Derr, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Education, California State University - Monterey Bay

"Cultivating Kids is the ideal film to show all stakeholders that are either considering a school garden or have an existing garden that is needing an infusion of excitement...Parents, teachers, school administrators, and community members will all find a special connection in this film that will motivate them to support a garden program for their school. The students are the real stars. A must see!"
Lauren Howe, Director of Slow Gardens Program, Slow Food USA

"What a great film! Cultivating Kids can serve as an inspiration to schools who are less familiar with school gardens and to the communities who can benefit from them. 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."
Chef Ann Cooper, Founder, Chef Ann Foundation, Author, Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children

"A lively exploration of how valuable outdoor garden education is for children and youth to connect with life cycles and learning. It is also a stirring testament to the powerful yields youth can learn through hands-on learning...The South Whidbey school garden is powerfully presented as an inspiring model for new and established school gardens alike."
Sharon Siehl, Director of Garden Programs, Seattle Tilth

"We are so excited by Cultivating Kids...We hope this movie inspires and refreshes all of you on your Farm to School journey."
Ellen Gray, Executive Director, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network

"Cultivating Kids provides an inspiring breath of fresh air. It shows us how to get school children of different ages deeply engaged in hands on, age-appropriate learning about nature that is directly connected to their own lives and nutritional health, and the wellbeing of the world, while they are also learning the kinds of science and math skills they need to know to meet today's academic standards."
Dr. Diane Levin, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College, Founder, Defending the Early Years Project, Author, Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood

"Well done...I hope the film will inspire more schools to mimic their model. How the School Farm and Middle School Garden is interwoven into the school day is nutrition education at its finest."
Margaret Read, Research Associate, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, University of Connecticut

"Cultivating Kids highlights the best of partnerships with communities and schools...Preservice teachers would love to see how 'tasty' school can be - watching children work in the garden, hearing teachers discuss the merits of experiential education and learning about how to involve so many community members with education. The planful intentionality, academic rigor and participant investment in this project shows the possibilities of what school can be."
Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Director, Center for Early Learning, Purdue University Northwest

Select your institution type

DVDs include public performance rights.

DVD Features
DVD Includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.

Awards and Festivals
Science Books and Films Best Films List 2017
Comparative & International Education Society's Spaces of Education in Film Festivalette

Family/Consumer Sciences
Food And Nutrition
Life Science
Outdoor Education
Sustainable Agriculture
Teacher Education

Related Titles

Lunch Love Community
Passion, creative energy and persistence come together when Berkeley advocates and educators tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and in the neighborhoods.

A Crack in the Pavement
2-part series on how greening school grounds improves not only the school, but the surrounding community.

It's Gotten Rotten
Classroom composting engages students in inquiry-based science.

School's Out
A year in the life of a forest kindergarten in Switzerland where being outdoors and unstructured play are the main components.

Play Again (New Edition)
What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature? Six screen-addicted teens take their first wilderness adventure.

Celling Your Soul
An examination of our love/hate relationships with our digital devices from the first digitally socialized generation, and what we can do about it.

DIRT! The Movie
The story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility, from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

We Are Not Ghosts
Detroiters are reinventing the old Motor City as a vibrant new self-sustaining and human-scaled city for a post industrial world.

... more Reviews

"An innovative education idea beautifully presented. Educators will benefit from seeing this film and incorporating its ideas into their own practice; older elementary and middle school students may enjoy it as well."
Cynthia Ortiz, School Library Journal

"Highly Recommended...A valuable resource for schools/districts considering a foray into a school gardening project or the expansion of an existing one. I highly recommend this video as a resource for schools and community youth groups, as well as a resource for the introduction of similar projects to the students."
Sharon D. Wenger, Science Books and Films

"Highly Recommended...Engaging...It will be of interest to those in the field of education, and perhaps agriculture, as well as to parents and children...This film provides a useful resource for anyone interested in learning about school farms, as well as for teachers and administrators wishing to incorporate any aspect of farming into their curriculum."
Kimberly Poppiti, Educational Media Review Online

Home | About Us | Subjects | Specials | Titles A - Z | New Releases | FAQ | Order Information | Contact

Website design by HYPERSPHERE.
Pages generated using Film Distribution Software™

Bullfrog & Bullfrog Films are registered trademarks of Bullfrog Films, Inc.
All photographs are protected by copyright. For permission to use,
and high resolution press stills, please contact Bullfrog Films.

©2009 Bullfrog Films, Inc. All rights reserved.