- HDT Team
Celebrate World Soil Day with Our Favorite Documentary Recommendations
As our world continues to undergo wild climate change, there was a significant need to draw awareness of the importance of solutions that could help mitigate the downward trajectory of our climate trends.
As a means to draw attention to the importance that soil health has in our everyday lives AND as a powerful tool against the wildly swinging global climate, the International Union of Soil Sciences designated December 5 as World Soil Day.
As a way to help introduce the important ways healthy soil levels can change your lives, we decided to show you our favorite documentaries that focus on soil. Here they are in no particular order:
Kiss the Soil
A good place to start would be "Kiss the Soil", now playing on Netflix. It takes the complex topic of regenerative agriculture and boils it down to an entertaining 90 minute film. Come for the star power (Woody Harrelson, Tom Brady, Ian Somerholder, Patricia Arquette, and lots more celebrities) and stay for the real stars like Ray Archuleta and Gabe Brown. Learn how loving the soil and taking care of the soil can help balance climate and feed the world.
Symphony of the Soil
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance of 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 which create healthy animals on a healthy planet.
The Biggest Little Farm
Tell me this doesn't sound like a "fish out of water" move setting: A big-city couple get a dog that eventually barks too much for their neighbors liking, and they are finally evicted! An opportunity arises at the couple goes to live in the sticks to start up their very own farm!
Sounds amazing, doesn't it? But, it's true! The Biggest Little Farm is a great family documentary about this couple that turn a hard, nutrient-poor soil wasteland, and over eight years turn it into a very productive organic farm (using...you guessed it..."Regenerative Agriculture!)
The short documentary of Laguna Blanca reveals how a farm in Argentina went from a mono-crop industrial farm to a multi-faceted production area capable of lush greenery, beautiful landscapes, and a habitat for many sorts of wildlife.
It covers the transition well, but the real draw is the way the farm transforms into a real beauty.
Other Soil Day Recommendations
Documentaries are great, however we wanted to give you other methods to learn about the wonders of the soil. Give these a try if you want something a little different:
Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground by Samantha Grover
Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
Lessons and Activity Guides
Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects by Kathleen M Reilly
Dig In! Hands on Soil Investigations by NSTA Press
Cover Crop Anthem
And of course, we can't have a list of our favorite soil documentaries without this...*ahem*...fine addition.
If you have any recommendations pertaining to soil, soil health, regenerative agriculture, or anything as awesome as the above videos, please drop a comment!