A new documentary film seeking to bring the vast benefits of sustainable, ecological farming to a wider audience is crowdfunding to reach its next phase.
Six Inches of Soil hopes to build on the success of similar food system documentaries like Netflix’s Seaspiracy and Kiss the Ground to propel an alternative system to intensive food production into the mainstream.
It will star a range of farmers who use agroecological methods like agroforestry, interplanting and no chemicals to produce food without degrading the environment.
Due for release at the regenerative farming show Groundswell, the film has so far raised almost £9,000 out of a target of £25k and is seeking further support from ethical citizens to bring the film to fruition.
It will hear from various farmers at the centre of the agroecological movement, where farmers are focused on producing healthy food in an ecological way, including bigger farms using nature-based methods, and new entrants to the industry.
Farmers featured in the film include agroforestry pioneer and organic farmer Stephen Briggs, regenerative and ecological farmer George Young, alongside appearances from National Food Strategy author Henry Dimbleby and food and farming policy expert, Vicki Hird.
Director Colin Ramsay said: “Farmers in the UK are becoming increasingly aware of how modern tillage and chemical input practices have damaged and depleted our soils.
“As the saying goes, despite all our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact it rains. We want to highlight these issues and look at agroecology through a British lens, showing the unique challenges but also the huge rewards this method of farming presents.
“We hope that by communicating clearly and accessibly why our food system is broken and how agroecology can help to fix it, we can help to be part of a transformation to the UK’s food-buying choices.”
Producer Claire Mackenzie added: “I want more people to hear from the farmers that I’ve met over the last year, many of whom are happier in their work because of their reconnection with the soil and their land and the formation of strong and close communities of likeminded people who are all supporting each other on this intrepid journey.”
To find out more and visit the crowdfunder, click here.