a reGeneration: a global youth gardening documentary!
a reGeneration: a global youth gardening documentary!
reGeneration is a unique documentary created by kids who are learning to grow food and heal our environment!
reGeneration is a unique documentary created by kids who are learning to grow food and heal our environment! Read more
About this project
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a reGeneration: Youth Growing Food & Filming Worldwide
A phenomenal characteristic about nature is its ability to regenerate and multiply. From one seed, millions of fruit and vegetables can be generated. When you harvest lettuce by twisting off just the leaf portion, leaving the roots intact, it grows back. And here begins the premise of a global story of healing titled "a reGeneration": The story began in 2009, in New York where more than 2,000 students from 10 New York City schools have been growing food, composting, filming and sharing the story of what they've learned through the Leave It Better reGeneration Program. They have taken on the role of farmers, of healers, of environmental stewards who are providing solutions within their communities. Our kids still innocent in their youth, are critical in helping undo damage humans have caused the planet.
With our kids leading the way with hope & optimism, with training in urban agriculture and filming, the Earth is going bounce back from the forests being cut down, from the air being polluted with greenhouse gases, from the oceans being poisoned with oil and plastic., from skyrocketing cancer, obesity and heart disease rates, from inundated landfills. Our kids will lead us to cleaner soils, to food that is fresh, local and that's grown in healthy soils. The Leave It Better team has thus far trained more than 2,000 students in the Leave It Better reGeneration Program. Students have filmed hundreds of hours of footage and the school year culminated with the screening of our student films at the ReGeneration Youth Festival at the New York Botanical Garden. If you weren’t able to join us for the festival, you can share in the day by watching the student films.
What's next for our youth? Global expansion of our story to countries like Guatemala & Ghana! We plan to send out small HD cameras to schools with gardens around the world. We're going to provide students with instruction on the basics of filmmaking and they’re going to record their gardens over the course of the 4 seasons and share as they compost, plant and harvest. They'll also take the cameras home, and film a meal that they are eating with their family or friends in their community.
How will we do this?
In 2009, the idea was born, when Leave It Better was part of the Producer's Institute at BAVC. There, we worked with mentors from around the world. One mentor, Lynette Wallworth helped us conceptualize new ways of engaging our audience, allowing them space to participate in the filmmaking process.
We started putting cameras in the hands of students at 2 schools that fall, and the following year expanded to 10 schools. We're partnered with a number of incredible organizations, including Bronx Green-Up, Grow to Learn, New York Botanical Garden, and the NYC Compost Project.
We've been honored to receive initial financial support from The MacArthur Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation as well as from Chipotle.
In the spring 2011 of we launched a Kickstarter campaign for startup funds for the documentary. We successfully raised over $28,000. Here's what we've been up to over the past year:
* Students shot 150 hours of video as part of the only video-based school gardening program in the world (at least that we know of). Here are links to some of their mini-documentaries
* Students ate more than 1,000 healthy meals -- food they grew themselves -- at harvest parties at each of our 10 New York City schools, capped with the big event at New York Botanical Garden.
* We’re selling produce from our gardens in June at the Heights Community Farmers’ Market.http://www.justfood.org/sites/default/files/120404_Leave_It_Better.pdf
Our students also created 35 worm bins for vermicomposting. See our video tutorial: http://www.leaveitbetter.com/play/129/
* We sent Leave It Better cameras to 9 schools across the country as the start of a video pen-pal relationship among schools about gardening. Their videos will be posted on the Leave It Better web site.
* We forged an important new partnership with Bronxworks and with Veggie U, and have maintained partnerships with NYBG, Bronx Green Up, NYC Compost Project and Grow To Learn.
What the kickstarter money is for:
The money will go towards the purchase of cameras for youth who are involved in agriculture around the world as well as for gardening materials for our schools in New York. Money will also go towards salary for directors, producers, and outreach coordinators who will help find schools, and facilitate the instruction of students in cinematography and story telling.
Leave It Better Foundation is a non-profit organization, so:
All contributions are tax-deductible
The Leave It Better Team would like to send a big thank you to all of the students, teachers and administration who have welcomed our program into their schools! Here's the start of a long list :)
1) PS 306 Bronx- 40 W. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY, USA
Principal Darryl Harrington, Annette Lopez, Mr. Montanaro, Ms. Lipton, Ms. Wulfhop, Ms. Randacciu, Ms. Pacifico, Ms. Bautista, Ms. Herrera, Ms. Berman, Eddie, Lodi, Ms. Green and all the incredible staff there who have helped us.
2) Harbor Heights School- 306 Ft. Washington Ave. Manhattan, NY, USA
Principal Monica Klehr, Assistant Principal Edgar Reyes, Ms. Mercado, Ms. Cruz, Ms. Goldstrom, Ms. Ventura, Erica, Tommy, and Raj and all the incredible staff there who have helped us.
3) P 94- 610 E. 12th St., Manhattan, NY, USA
Principal Ronnie Schuster, Makini Velazquez, Mr. Charles, Ms. Breaux, Dave, Susan Greenfield and all the incredible staff there who have helped us.
4) MS 331- 40 W. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY, USA
Principal Serapha Cruz, Assistant Principal Stephen Monaco, Ms. Rubin, Ms. Kapazi, Ms. Stavreau, Mr. Rodriguez, Ms. Kim and all the staff there who have helped us. (This school shares a building with PS 306 Bronx)
5) Girls Prep Bronx, 681 Kelly St., Bronx, NY, USA
Principal Josie Carbone, Katie Carroll, Ms. Stawiski, Ms. N Rodriguez, Ms. I Rodriguez, Ms. Martin, Ms. Sargunas, Ms. Bonnici, Mr. Aguirre, and all of the dedicated staff at the school.
6) PS 165, 234 W. 109th St., Manhattan, NY, USA
Principal Castellano, Mrs. Maysonet, and all the dedicated staff.
7) Hamilton Heights, 1750 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan, NY, USA
Principal Rosen, Sharlene, Ms. Jaar, Ms. Jones, Ms. Rucker, Ms. Kaiser, Ms. Diaz, Ms. Mary, everyone at Mo'Pals, and all the staff who've helped us out.
8) PS/MS 306 Ethan Allen School, 970 Vermont Ave., Brooklyn, NY, USA
Principal Burroughs, AP Moody, Ms. Glover, Ms. Bullock, Ms. Siegel, Tito, Susan and all the staff that have helped us out.
9) Dr. Sun Yat Sen, 100 Hester St., Manhattan, NY
Principal Tam, Ms. Chiorean, Jon, JR, and all the staff who've helped us out.
10) MS 302, 681 Kelly St., Bronx, NY
Principal Ortiz, Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Rodriguez, Neville, and all the dedicated staff who have helped us there.
Secondly, a big thank you to all of the Leave It Better ReGeneration Corps, Cary, Emma, Jen, Tess. Thanks to Kei and Joe for their great work with the website, and to Appdrenaline for setting everything up for this year's campaign. There's so much incredible work that's been done. Thanks so much to our families, and to our friends who have made this happen.
Thirdly, Thanks to all of our incredible partners. Steve, Mark, Tim, Jessica & Ashley at Chipotle; Jamie, Ursula, Junior, Jodie Jennifer, Sara & Annie @ Bronx Green-up/ NYBG, Andrew, Jodie & Aki at NYC Compost Project, Madeleine and Julianne at Grow To Learn. Thanks so much to Robert at Bronxworks and Molly at Veggie U.
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone at the Leave It Better Kids Community Garden in the Bronx!
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