Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  25 minutes
Date:  1992
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Growing Season

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Horticulture dramatically improves prisoners' attitudes.

Growing Season

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.

'This inspiring program lends an optimistic perspective to prison rehabilitation.' Booklist

'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.' Soilmates

'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


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


Main credits

Wellington, Nicholas (film director)
Wellington, Nicholas (film producer)
Wellington, Nicholas (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Camera, Ægir Gudmundsson [and 3 others]; music composed and performed by Barney Jones.

Distributor credits

Nicholas Wellington

Nicholas Wellington

Docuseek2 subjects

Crime and Criminals
Women's Studies
Social Psychology
Urban Studies

Distributor subjects

Social Psychology
Social Studies
Urban Studies
Women's Studies


horticulture, San Francisco, prisoner, garden, community; "Growing Season"; Bullfrog Films

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