Symphony of the Soil in Scotland!

We will embark on our UK tour of Symphony of the Soil starting in Scotland! Come celebrate the International Year of the Soils with us in the Southern Uplands, the capital city or the Highlands! Here’s a list of where we will be in this beautiful country! Director Deborah Koons Garcia will be present with a Question and Answer to follow the screening.

September 29, 2015 7PM
Biggar Screening with Dr. Janet Moxley
Biggar Snooker and Social Club
1 Howieson Square, Biggar ML12 6DP
Biggar, Lanarkshire, SCOTLAND

September 30, 2015 6:30PM
Soil Association, Learning for Sustainability and The James Hutton Institute
University of Edinburgh
Holyrood Road EH8AQ
Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

October 1, 2015 7PM
Aberdeen Tech Fest
The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler
Craigiebuckler AB15 8QH
Aberdeen, SCOTLAND

Ocotober 5, 2015 7:30PM
Findhorn Foundation
Universal Hall
The Park, Findhorn, SCOTLAND

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Symphony of the Soil in the Green Room

On March 13, Director Deborah Koons Garcia was invited to speak at The Merwin Conservancy in Maui, HI for the Green Room series. Here is a recount of her experience there.

MerwinConservancy1I continue to find myself in some truly wonderful situations because this film. The highlight of this year was traveling to Maui, Hawaii with my dear friend Molly Jones, who worked on Symphony of the Soil and The Future of Food with me, to do a screening for The Green Room series which benefits The Merwin Conservancy. Forty years ago the esteemed poet WS Merwin moved to Hawaii, built himself an off-the-grid wooden house, continued his studies of Zen Buddhism, wrote beautiful poetry and started what would become The Merwin Conservancy, nearly 20 acres of palm trees from all over the world. It is considered the premier collection of palm trees in the world. William and his wife, Paula, live right in the Conservancy in their beautiful wooden house.

MerwinConservancy2The screening in Maui was an especially moving experience for me because this past November the citizens of Maui passed a measure that bans the growing of any genetically engineered crops on the island. Naturally the corporations are fighting this. The citizens along with their allies such as the Center for Food Safety are fighting to make this ban stick. The screening was full of organic farmers, activists, friends and people who love poetry, especially the fine poetry that William writes. It was a real honor to have William and Paula in the audience and I was pleased that they enjoyed the film as well as the lively discussion afterwards. It was especially wonderful to bring to a wider audience awareness of the good work that William and Paula have been doing for all these years.

MerwinConservancy3The very best part of my visit to Hawaii was the visit that Molly and I made to the Conservancy. Jason Denhart, Executive Director of The Merwin Conservancy, gave us a comprehensive and fascinating tour of the palm trees. Then we had a lovely visit with William and Paula on their porch overlooking the trees. William is 88 and Paula is a bit younger and it was a joy to talk with them about our mutual interests including meditation, Buddhism, activism, dogs, poetry and life. They bring together art, love of nature and social conscience in such a loving way. William was Poet Laureate of the United States twice and has won the Pulitzer Prize. He’s one of the most esteemed poets in the world and he’s dedicated his life to creating beauty in his work with words and tree planting. I consider it one of the fruits of my labor to find myself in the presence of such good and productive spirits.

-Deborah Koons Garcia, Director/Producer
Symphony of the Soil
The Future of Food

Community Garden Network of Sonoma

Community Garden Network of Sonoma
November 6, 2014 7PM
Santa Rosa, CA

TLC Community Garden in Santa Rosa will host a free screening of the film Symphony of the Soil on November 6 at 7:00pm, with an appearance by the author, director, and producer of the film, Deborah Koons Garcia. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Location: Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, 1225 Fulton Road at W. College, Santa Rosa.

David’s Folly Farm presents Symphony of the Soil

David’s Folly Farm presents Symphony of the Soil
Brooksville, ME

David’s Folly is a small, diverse market garden located on a historical salt water farm in Brooksville, ME. They grow a diverse vegetable crop, culinary herbs and cut flowers as well as raise heritage pork, chickens, ducks and honey bees.

A screening of Symphony of the Soil with Director Deborah Koons Garica
August 29, 2014
1390 Coastal Rd.
Brooksville, ME
Doors open at 6 film starts at 7

El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee present Symphony of the Soil


El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee present Symphony of the Soil
June 28, 2014
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, El Cerrito, CA
Description: Join the firm maker Deborah Koons Garcia and the City of El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee for a free showing of this film that uses a skillful mix of art and science to reveal soil to be a living organism that is one of the foundations of life on earth. The film inspires the understanding that treating soil right can help solve some of our most pressing social and environmental problems, including climate change, water scarcity and world hunger. A discussion with the film maker will follow after the film.
Start Time: 10:00 AM