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Growing Season

Horticulture dramatically improves prisoners' attitudes.

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Directed by Nicholas Wellington

At the San Francisco County Jail, a voluntary horticulture program is changing prisoner attitudes. Part of the compound has been converted to a flower and vegetable garden, and the harvest is donated to community food banks. The successful gardening program, created by Catherine Sneed, has instilled in many prisoners a new sense of self-worth, respect for life and connection to the community.

Outside of the jail, the program is blossoming into a network of community and school gardens. Ex-prisoners, business people, students, gardeners, Whites, Latinos, and African-Americans come together to work and create a place that is beautiful, functional and safe.

Besides showing other institutions a model program, the film presents a powerful argument for rehabilitation that is practical and inspirational.

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1992     Copyright Date: 1992
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-659-4     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-453-1

"This inspiring program lends an optimistic perspective to prison rehabilitation."

"An outstanding documentary that says a lot about spirit, hope, and love in a place where you might not expect it. Highly recommended. Editor's Choice."
**** Video Librarian

"An inspiring, award-winning video documentary... We highly encourage you to recommend this fabulous film to your local officials and prison administrators."

"Inspired work combining counseling, gardening, and ecology in a jail environment... this film has lessons for everyone who lives on this planet."
Gardeners in Community

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VHS $59
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VHS $35

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Growing Season

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Awards and Festivals
First Prize, Marin County National Film & Video Competition
American Film & Video Festival
National Educational Film & Video Festival
San Francisco Environmental Film Festival

Social Psychology
Social Studies
Urban Studies
Women's Studies

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