“Symphony of the Soil”

Friday, October 11, 2013

Producer and director Deborah Koons Garcia and scientists Dr. Ignacio Chapela and Dr. Michael Hansen talk about the documentary “Symphony of the Soil,” which 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, it shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. "Symphony of the Soil" opens on October 11 at the Quad Cinema.


Dr. Ignacio Chapela, Deborah Koons Garcia and Dr. Michael Hansen

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Marnie V

Deborah I love you!

Montclair Environmental Affairs office and Community Green are showing your film Symphony of the soil next Thursday, Oct 17th, for free to all at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton, Montclair, NJ at 6:30 pm. Come join us for the film and a discussion afterward. Here is our listing:

Oct. 11 2013 01:52 PM

I love this, I teach college level soil science. Soil is so under appreciated.

'Old' soil is not necessarily old as in the passage of time. Old in soil is the degree of weathering that has taken place. A tropical climate like Hawaii will 'age' soil far faster than it would 'age' in New York or Alaska. Old soils are characterized by lots of clay and often appear red in color. They are not necessarily '5 million years old'.

Another fun fact about soil and why it needs to be a temperate climate it takes about 500 years to form one inch of soil. This amount of soil is easily lost from a bare site very quickly

Oct. 11 2013 01:21 PM
Gary from Port Washington

I am curious what they thought of the documentary on soil called Dirt narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Oct. 11 2013 01:14 PM

This is a total nod to Jerry.

Oct. 11 2013 01:07 PM
Bobby G from East Village

The person who taught me about the importance of soil preparation is Alan Chadwick. Are your guests familiar with him? Can they talk about who he was?

Oct. 11 2013 01:05 PM

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