SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL (USA, 2012, 103 min.)
World Premiere Drawing on ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance that is soil. By understanding the elaborate connections and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, including the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights the role of healthy soil in creating healthy plants that nurture healthy humans living on a healthy planet. Written, directed and produced by Deborah Koons Garcia. Produced by Lily Films.
Panel discussion, moderated by Ann Harvey Yonkers, Co-director, FRESHFARM Markets, with filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia; Kate Scow, Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California at Davis; Ignacio Chapela, Microbial Ecologist and Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley; John Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science, Washington State University and Zach Lester, Farmer, Tree and Leaf Farm, Unionville, Va.