Katharina Stieffenhofer is a Winnipeg filmmaker, gardener, activist, artist, with an interest in art & nature, sustainability, social justice and building healthier communities through quality programming.
Katharina was raised on a family farm in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1980. She holds a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba (1996) and worked as a practicing visual artist for 16 years. The recipient of numerous awards exhibited nationally and internationally. During her art practice Katharina also taught art & language courses and workshops to children, youth and adults, and created/facilitated community art projects, most notably with Art City.
She produced & directed her first documentary film “The York Boat Project” about her public art project - the burial of a York Boat in Gimli, MB. in 2000.
Subsequently, Katharina worked in the art department of the local film industry on ~ 30 films, most notably as Art Director of Guy Maddin’s “My Winnipeg”.
Following her interest in local, sustainable food production Katharina worked as Educational Outreach Coordinator for Growing UP Organic, a project of the Canadian Organic Growers. During her contract Katharina presented workshops about the health, environmental and social benefits of local, sustainably grown food to Winnipeg schools [grades 1 – 11] & educational institutions.
Subsequently, she produced & directed the documentary film about the award-winning Mel Johnson School Gardening Project,
“…And This Is My Garden”, 2010, 57:41 min., which she hopes will inspire replication/adaptation of the program in other schools & communities
Together with her husband, Lloyd Brandson, Katharina raised two wonderful sons, Johannis, 24 and Thomas, 22. She is a passionate, organic gardener and considers herself a live-long learner.
Hi Katharina! Welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm glad you found us. Your video is quite a profound and moving tribute to the power of school gardens. I hope we'll see and hear a lot more of you and your work. You may be interested in some discussions and sharing about school gardens that have taken place in our Natural Teachers Network. Thanks again for sharing your work and your passion with us. Hope to see you again soon!