A prison garden provides inmate work, produces better food for the institution, teaches work skills, and provides an achievement opportunity for inmates. In Dirt! The Movie we introduced you to the Rikers Island prison garden program, The Greenhouse Project. Since then, we have received several emails from viewers asking us for more information about prison […]
As more and more cities and counties are banning single-use plastic grocery bags, we here at Dirt! applaud the elimination of one more source of plastic pollution in our waterways, oceans and of course our landfills. Last week Los Angeles became the largest city in the U.S. to approve a ban on plastic grocery bags.
Soil is ground zero in African farming debate | Marketplace.org. Food for 9 Billion by Jori Lewis Marketplace for Monday, June 4, 2012 Transcript Kai Ryssdal: We’ve been working on a big population and food project for the past half year or so geared around this question: With the United Nations saying there are gonna […]
Greetings from the Dirt Team and welcome to our new website. It’s hard to believe that it’s been three and a half years since we had our premiere at the Sundance Film Festival!
Since then Dirt! The Movie has screened on PBS as its Earth Day Special in 2010; has shown in numerous festivals and events in more than 14 countries around the world (most recently the Bejing International Film Festival in April); has screened for a special soil commission for the European Union in Brussels and the European Soil and Land Alliance Convention in Germany; has found friends with such organizations as the Festival of Faiths (Sacred Soil: Foundation of Life, 2010) and Interfaith Power and Light (Sow a Cool Harvest, 2012) and even received a “Dirt! The Movie Day” proclamation from Mayor Gavin Newsom in San Francisco. These are just a selection of highlights as it would take pages to name all of our fantastic partners and alliances to properly credit their ongoing work and help to us. It has been a wild ride and we are so happy that Dirt! continues to make friends and reach people through festivals and your grass roots community screenings!
Bill Benenson, Director/Producer of Dirt! The Movie, recently sat down with Gary Null for an interview on PRN.
Documentary Feature – Dirt! The Movie – with filmmaker Bill Benenson
Bill Benenson is an award winning filmmaker with over 30 years experience producing and directing documentary and Hollywood movies. His Hollywood productions include Boulevard Nights, Under the Volcano, A Walk on the Moon, and Pumping Iron.
The Los Angeles Times By Krista Simmons July 29, 2009 A freckle-faced Malloy Sparling wraps her dirt-dusted fingers around a three-pronged cultivator and looks up with a big-toothed smile. “We’re making a garden,” she says, plucking a weed out of the ground, then wiping her little hands on her tomato red T-shirt. Sparling and other young […]
by Gene Rosow
Wangari Maathai lives on in our hearts.
The trees, soils, rivers, and all living beings will miss the living voice of scientist, feminist, Green Belt Movement founder, professor, activist, mother and grandmother Wangari Maathai who died this week. She gave Kenyans, women, Africans and all humans a reason to stand as tall as the trees she defended and planted. There are 30 million living tributes acknowledging her gift to us as well as millions of humans whose lives were enriched by her actions and words. We were honored to meet her in person and especially graced by the powerful, eloquent and brilliant wisdom she shared with us and audiences in DIRT! The Movie.
Soil scientist suggests how we can help the dirt—and people of Japan
Send Soil Saving Street Sweepers to Fukushima and Miyagi
Help salvage Fukushima’s future. Let’s start testing several models of commercial street and curb cleaning vacuum machines to determine which perform best at removing the Iodine, Celsium and Strontium fallout from the surface of rice paddy soils. Rotary snow sweepers with horizontal axis just scatter the fallout.
by Lola Pak Green Roofing Tips Choosing the Right Soil for Green Roofing Think green roofs are mere slabs of nature placed exclusively on the rooftops of corporate skyscrapers and couture-designed architecture? Think again, please (we beg of you.) Green roofs are practical constructs that should be added to all buildings – tall and short, […]
by Annie Spiegelman aka The Dirt Diva How to Make your Garden Sing . . . and Stop Talking Smack About you After the fall harvest it’s time for you and your garden to take a well-deserved rest. You’ve busted your back all year long to impress your neighbors with your green lawn and heirloom […]