CASFS Apprenticeship program hosts premiere of 'Symphony of the Soil'

New feature film depicts the complex and dynamic nature of a precious resource

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planting potatos
Rich healthy soil is the life structure that supports successful growth. Here, students in an environmental studies practicum class plant potatoes at the UCSC Farm. (Photo by Abby Huetter)

 A thin layer of soil supports all of us — but too often we treat the soil like dirt.

 “Symphony of the Soil,” the latest film from Lily Films, artfully depicts the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource, and why it’s critical that we work to preserve it. This full-length feature film will have its Santa Cruz premiere on Saturday, May 11th, 2013, starting at 11 a.m. at the Nickelodeon Theater.

 Tickets are $10, with proceeds supporting scholarships in the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, the organic farming and gardening training program at UC Santa Cruz. Tickets are available online at or at the door.

Jessy Beckett, a graduate of the Apprenticeship and one of the film’s producers, will introduce the film and answer questions following the showing.

 “Symphony of the Soil” is the newest feature-length work by director Deborah Koons Garcia, best known for the 2004 film “The Future of Food,” which was selected by the Oscar Documentary Screening Committee as one of the best documentaries of the year. “The Future of Food” brought the issues of genetically modified crops and the corporate control of our food supply to the world stage and helped kick start the local/good/fair food movement in the U.S.

 “Symphony of the Soil” harnesses the energy and enthusiasm behind the food movement in the U.S. to bring attention to soil, the life structure that supports all of us. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. 

 In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth. The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems, from climate change, to dead zones, to feeding an ever-increasing world population.

The Santa Cruz premiere of "Symphony of the Soil" is sponsored by the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden and the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. For more information contact Jessy Beckett,, or Amy Bolton, 831.459-3240 or For tickets, see The Nickelodeon Theater is located at 210 Lincoln St. in downtown Santa Cruz.

To learn more about “Symphony of the Soil,” please see, and read more about Lily Films at, or call 415-383-0553. To find out more about the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, see