Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  28 minutes
Date:  1981
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Not available
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Garden Song

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Portrait of Alan Chadwick, inventor of the Biodynamic French Intensive Method of gardening.

Garden Song

The late Alan Chadwick, actor, master gardener, and inventor of the 'Biodynamic French Intensive Method' spent 50 years in the garden -- digging, planting and watching.

Chadwick's method of gardening in raised beds produces an amazing amount of food in very little space, and uses few resources. Over 50 countries are developing garden projects based on his technique.

But to Chadwick there is more to gardening than growing food. It can nourish your soul as well.

A beautiful portrait of a dynamic human being, it was photographed at Chadwick's gardens in Virginia, Boulder Creek and Bolinas, California. It also features John Jeavons and Dr. Paul Lee, who discuss Chadwick's vitally important contribution to small-scale agriculture in a hungry world.

'The eloquence of his thought and diction make Chadwick an electrifying proponent of life on a human scale, of moral vision, and personal dignity. An intriguing program for public and college library audiences.' Booklist

'Artistic, yet informative -- important ideas are conveyed simply and clearly. Captures the spirit and intensity of a very unique man. Technical quality good to very good.' EFLA Evaluations

'He evidently was one of those rare individuals whose vision is clearer, more perceptive than most. Students talk about what a privilege it was to work with and for him: the interviews make quite clear why this was. The man is inspiring.' John Voorhees, Television Critic, The Seattle Times


Red Ribbon, American Film Festival
Golden Eye Award, Assn for Media Educators in Religion Film Festival
Merit Award, Athens Video Festival
Certificate of Merit, North American Consumer Film Festival
National Association for Environmental Education Film Festival
Nationwide PBS Broadcast


Main credits

De Graaf, John (film producer)
De Graaf, John (screenwriter)
Mulligan, Jim (film producer)
Mulligan, Jim (screenwriter)
Mulligan, Jim (videographer)
Brenna, Pat (narrator)

Other credits

Videographer, Jim Mulligan; editor, Kathy Soulliere.

Distributor credits

Jim Mulligan and John deGraaf

Jim Mulligan and John deGraaf

Docuseek2 subjects

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

Distributor subjects

Environmental Ethics
Food And Nutrition
Sustainable Agriculture
World Hunger


Alan Chadwick, biodynamic French intensive gardening, John Jeavons; "Garden Song"; Bullfrog Films

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