symphony of the soilOn Saturday, April 20th, the Dickinson College Farm and Slow Food Harrisburg are joining forces to cultivate discussion and an appreciation around the subject of food, from the soil up.

Starting at 7:30pm in Stafford Auditorium, located in the Rector Science Complex on the Dickinson College campus, community members are invited to a screening of Symphony of the Soil, a documentary written, produced and directed by Deborah Koons Garcia.

Stafford Auditorium, Rector Science Complex, Dickinson College

rectorW. Louther & N. College Streets

Carlisle, PA 17013

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Cost to attend: FREE!

Open to the public? YES!

Email  farm at dickinson.edu or call 717-245-1969 for more information!

Slow Food Harrisburg will engage the audience in conversation after the screening – light refreshments featuring local ingredients will be served.


symphony of the soil 2Drawing 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.

deborah koons garciaLife Sciences Film Festival winner, Prague 2012

Cinema Verde Film Festival’s Food Award 2013


San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 17, 2013: Deborah Koons Garcia Sets Sights on Soil

Known as the widow of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia and for her 2004 documentary opposing genetically modified organisms, “The Future of Food,” Koons Garcia has evolved from passionate filmmaker to steadfast environmentalist.

The 103-minute documentary marks the next chapter of her career: re-envisioning soil as an essential yet under-appreciated resource that sustains many forms of life, including the crops that feed us. Although few think of dirt as scarce, in the United States, topsoil – the uppermost 6 to 8 inches of earth rich in minerals and alive with microbes – is degrading in quality and quantity.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, cropland is eroding at least 10 times faster than the time it takes to replace lost soil. Parts of the Midwest are nearly stripped of topsoil. Koons Garcia fears it will be gone within 30 years if industrial agriculture practices relying on chemicals and over-farming continue.

“We feel that we can waste (soil), because we have so much; but we can’t really do that anymore. There’s not enough left to waste,” she says. “We waste something, plow it up and (the topsoil) blows away and we say, ‘Oh, we’ll go west.’ We are west – this is it.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/homeandgarden/article/Deborah-Koons-Garcia-sets-sights-on-soil-4280743.php

Dining Options

Downtown Carlisle restaurants  Piatto and Andalusia will offer a 10% discount to diners planning to attend Symphony of the Soil. Please be sure to mention the film!

Piatto logoPiatto

Featuring authentic regional Italian cuisine.

22 West Pomfret Street, Carlisle

717.249.9580

andalusia logoAndalusia Carlisle

Featuring Spanish and Moroccan tapas.

26 North Hanover Street

717.462.4141

Screening sponsored by Dickinson College Farm and Slow Food Harrisburg.

Dickinson College Farm - tomato logoslow food harrisburg logo

Watch a Clip of the Film!

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