Better Farm Presents: DIRT!

Better Farm last night screened Dirt! The Movie as the first in an upcoming series of movie nights. Hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and featuring soil experts the world over, Dirt! tells the story of the human-dirt relationship. Through the film's explanations of how dirt sustains all living things (food, shelter, water containment and filtration, climate regulation, plant growth, etc.), we also come to understand the link between human and environmental degradation and mistreatment of dirt.

Mass starvation, drought, floods, global warming, wars, and disease are all byproducts of misused or underserved soil, the movie contends. And if practices such as monoculture planting and rainforest razing continue, dirt may just find another use for us humans.

One thing's for sure: The gang here is going to be out in our garden today planting a bunch of organic produce while worshiping that organic matter making all life possible. Long live dirt!

Special thanks to Corinne Rochelle for organizing this week's Dirt! screening.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.