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.
I 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.
The 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.
The 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
On World Soil Day, December 5, 2014 Symphony of the Soil was screened at the FAO Headquarters in Rome and then at the UN in New York City as part of the official kick off events of the International Year of the Soils.
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.
Shelton Community Cinema screens Symphony of the Soil
November 9, 2014
Mason County Senior Activities Center
190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton WA
No admission charge. However, donations are encouraged
Glengall Wharf Garden / Burgess Park Food Project public screening
64 Glengall Road
SE15 6NF Peckham, UK
An outdoor screening of Symphony of the Soil on Sunday 7 September, 7:30pm at the new Glengall Wharf Garden community garden space, 64 Glengall Road, Peckham, SE15 6NF.This is an outdoor event so bring a chair or blanket to sit on and warm waterproof clothes.
Free event. No booking needed.
David’s Folly Farm presents Symphony of the Soil
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.
Doors open at 6 film starts at 7
Transition OKC and TLC Garden Centers present Symphony of the Soil
August 22, 2014 7:00pm
301 West Reno
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Join the Urban AG Coalition as they present the second film in their series about issues central to the local food, gardening and farming movement.
Growing Wild Garden Supply will present Symphony of the Soil
Location: Hayfork, CA
Description: Director Deborah Koons Garcia will be present for a QandA after the screening of Symphony of the Soil at Growing Wild Garden Supply.
Date: July 12, 2014
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
20th World Congress of Soil Science
June 6 – 14, 2014
Symphony of the Soil will be screened at the 20th World Congress of Soil Science in Jeju, Korea. Director Deborah Koons Garcia and Dr. Ignacio Chapela will present the film.