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Symphony of the Soil

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Mon June 8, Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. To mark the UN International Year of Soils, we present a film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, this film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. USA, 2012,104min. Directed by Deborah Koons Garcia. Music composed by Todd Boekelheide.

 'Symphony of Soil' screening Mon June 8 at Gibsons Heritage Playhouse


To mark the UN International Year of Soils, we present a film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil.  June 8 is World Oceans Day, so we are also screening a 5min excerpt from This Living Salish Sea, an upcoming film by local filmmaker, Sarama.


NYTimes Critic's Pick
"Unfolding with gentle joy and an unexpected beauty, this ode to the miracle of the Earth's topmost layer gives us a newfound respect for the ground beneath our feet."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships 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, 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 possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

Director, Writer, Producer: Deborah Koons Garcia
Music composed by Todd Boekelheide.

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About This Living Salish Sea - Preview

'This Living Salish Sea - Preview' 5min preview to screen Mon June 8 in GibsonsWe had originally scheduled This Living Salish Sea to premiere on June 8, World Oceans Day. Unfortunatley, due to a sudden and very severe medical emergency in Sarama's family, all work on the film came to an immediate halt, and he was unable to complete it for screening on the June 8th date. It is now being planned to be released for this coming fall.

Sarama has provided us with a 5min preview segment of the film this screening on June 8. He will attend the screening.




Why should we care about soil?

As climate change and the increase in carbon emissions in the atmosphere cause more and more disasters, carbon sequestration becomes increasingly important. Healthy, living soil enhances the earth’s natural ability to hold carbon in the soil, thus reducing the emission of “greenhouse gasses” into the atmosphere and thereby alleviating global warming. Improving soil also improves water use. Understanding and respecting the power and potential that soil has to help solve environmental problems is essential. Once people have that understanding and appreciation, they will move towards appropriate action. As Dr. Fred Kirschenmann, farmer and philosopher, tells us, "restoring the fertility of our soil is the single most important challenge we face today."

UN International Year of Soils

Spotlighting humanity’s ‘silent ally,’ UN launches 2015 International Year of Soils

International Year of Soils: Heathly Soils for a Healthy Life

CBC Radio Special :  The Dirt on Soil Part 1The Dirt on Soil Part 2

Local Composted Soil and Organic Recycling

Salish Soils

Gibsons Recycling Depot


This film screening is sponsored by the Gibsons Garden Club.

Gibsons Garden Club is sponsoring this Green Film Series screening of "Symphony of Soil"