Ag teachers,

I try to use a variety of video/DVD materials in my classroom to enhance
instruction.  While I do not use all these videos, all the time, or even
in their entirety – I have found that they usually stimulate good
classroom discussions with my students.  Also, rather than spending an
entire class period on a video, sometimes we watch a video over a period
of several days.

I have created worksheets for all the videos that I use in class and I
would be happy to share them with you.  If you are interested, please
send me an email and I will forward you a copy of the student video
sheet and the teacher answer sheet.


The Botany of Desire (2009) – is based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling
book.  The film examines the rather fascination natural history and
man’s interaction with four crops: apples, tulips, cannabis, and
potatoes.  The video shows current agricultural practices as well as the
uses of technology.  Topics included: grafting, cross-pollination,
Johnny Appleseed, biodiversity, monocultures,  cloning, pesticide
resistance, pollination, Tulipomania, viruses, flower auctions,
phytochemicals, hydroponics, irrigation, fungi, Irish potato famine,
insects, BT, and GM crops.

The video can easily be watched as 4 individual segments – or seen in
its entirety.  As one section deals with the medicinal cultivation of
cannabis, I prepared a parent permission slip for signature before using
this segment.

Description DVD package:
“The Botany of Desire brings Michael Pollan’s best-selling book to PBS ,
showing how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural
history.  Explore the natural history of hour plants – the apple, the
tulip, marijuana, and the potato – and the corresponding human desires –
sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and controlling nature – that link
their destinies to our own.
This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan’s garden, and roams
that world, from the potato fields of Idaho and Peru to the apple
orchards of New England, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip
markets of Amsterdam.”

You may purchase a DVD of The Botany of Desire through  It
is $ 20.99.  Here is a link:

- Libby Lintel

Other video worksheets available:

A Man Named Pearl               (Pearl Fryar – SC topiary artist)
A Different Kind of Grocery Store – 60 Minutes looks at Whole Foods
Agriculture – America’s Most Crucial Industry
American Harvest                (Immigrant labor in Agriculture)
The Amazing Story of Kudzu
Broken Limbs            (Apples in Washington and Sustainable
City Farmers            (Urban agriculture)
Farming the Seas                (Aquaculture)
Farming Technology – Modern Marvels
Fertilizer – Modern Marvels
Gimme Green             (Turf/Lawn Industry)
Guns, Germs, and Steel  (History of Agriculture)
Harvesting – Modern Marvels
Harvesting 2 – Modern Marvels
HOME                    (Global, environmental film)
King Corn                       (Modern corn production and processing)
Logging Tech – Modern Marvels
Mold and Fungus – Modern Marvels
Our Daily Bread         (Industrial Agriculture)
Ripe for Change                 (Agriculture in California)
Supermarket – Modern Marvels
Water – The Drop of Life – Farms and Factories

Libby Lintel
Horticulture Teacher
Kennesaw Mountain High School
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