TED – Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their … Continued

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

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

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