Prison Garden Focus

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 gardens, … Continued

Wangari Maathai Lives On In Our Hearts

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 … Continued

Andy Lipkis celebrates Earth Day with Dirt! The Movie

Andy Lipkis, President TreePeople Celebrating Earth Day with Dirt! The Movie Why should we care about dirt? With more than half the people on earth living in cities, what’s the big deal about something we work hard to keep out of our homes and streets? As it turns out, dirt – the earth’s living soil … Continued

This Thanksgiving, Thank the Dirt with Compost!

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s that time of year when we fixate on food; making it, eating it, overeating it, deciding what to do with the leftovers. But while everyone is busy pulling out old family recipes and poring over worn, stained cookbooks, here at “Dirt! The Movie” headquarters, thoughts of good food lead inevitably to thoughts … Continued

On Harvard Yard: Out of the Ivory Tower and into the Dirt

What’s your image of a normal professor and student at Harvard? A bespectacled professor sipping an after-dinner port, reading Milton and listening to Bach? A hardworking group of students in the library all night on a Friday, guzzling coffee and finishing up their papers on the work of Proust and the unified field theory? Whatever you … Continued

Gary Vaynerchuk: Tasting Wine by Eating Dirt?

Gary loves dirt. Sometimes he even eats it.  Sounds like your average 6 year old, right? But Gary Vaynerchuk is actually a wine critic. My mission is to build wine self-esteem in this country. I want people to know their palate is a snowflake. We all like different things,” he said in a recent New York … Continued

Interesting Dirt from the White House

The White House released an inspiring new video about the vegetable garden planted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, as part of its ongoing series, “Inside The White House.” We here at Dirt! enthusiastically support home gardens (no matter what kind of house it is) as an antidote to the mono-culture, industrial agriculture that’s rapidly killing … Continued

Community Garden Week Time to Dig In!

We’re so excited we could soil ourselves — or at least our gardens. This week is National Community Gardening Week according to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The Obama administration has signaled their ongoing commitment to encourage community gardening by taking this week to highlight the importance of soil cultivation in our communities. We’re impressed with the … Continued