Free Range Child

Want to see something lovely?

Well, you’re in luck. This video clip is just a taste of a full-length feature film that’s being produced by a partnership of Films for Action and Overgrow the System, a grassroots organization dedicated to “raising awareness around our food system and how to live a life that is more in tune with nature.”

Free Range Child: Raising Children Connected to the Earth & Their Food examines the connection between children’s development and their connection to the natural world and to food production. “It celebrates the lives of families and their support networks, both rural and urban, who are engaged in linking children with nature,” explains the film’s website. “And it savors the bounty of precious moments of discovery, magic, and growth that spring forth from these connections.”

Photo by Moonsun1981 via Wikimedia Commons

In case you were scrambling to jot down the fabulous quote at the beginning of the video, attributed to author and filmmaker Valerie Andrews, let me save you the trouble of re-playing it again:

“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees.”


  1. Cindi says:

    This makes me want to go back in time and follow my dream instead of following what was expected. Raising children in this type of environment is a wonderful gift that will nurture and carry them throughout life, wherever it takes them. This is such an important film ~ I look forward to seeing the full length.

  2. Its almost like the ” back to the land movement” of my earlier ( hippy dippy trippy ) days when I was young and idealistic. It is an important concept and if I were young I would do it again. We raised pigs, sheep and goats, ( the pigs were too heartbreaking – just couldn’t stand to eat them when I knew them so well) and that is part of why children need to know the whole cycle of the earth. We did not have the powerful knowledge and resources that young people starting on this journey have today with the internet. We relied on Mother Earth News Magazine, and prayed a lot . Lovely quote, I shall print it out and put it on my fridge.

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is beautiful and so true. Children today are often never able to experience the outdoors and farms which is why city gardens and school gardens can help inner city kids get a glimpse of how the world works outside of the concrete jungle they see every day.

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