Down & Dirty: A Celebration of Soil! skillshare and screening w/ Deborah Koons Garcia


05/16/2015 - 05/17/2015    
5:00 pm - 2:00 am

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It’s the United Nations “International Year of Soils” and we’re having a party to educate, inspire, and celebrate! The day will feature workshops on bio-remediation, composting, soil testing and lot reclaimers, with an evening presentation of “Symphony of the Soil” by filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia. 

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the Vasudha Living & Learning Community at Rensselaer


10AM-12PM Collar City Growers Gardening workshop with Azure Keahi and Christian Grigoraskos: fun for adults and kids!

1-4 PM DOWN & DIRTY SKILLSHARE *You can mix tracks!

  • Track 1: Science of Soil, L-Lot, 3303 6th Ave. (Carriage House, upstairs, rain place)

1:00-2:15 Session 1: How to test your soil, with Scott Kellogg, Oliver Kellhammer, Rebeka Rice and Kate Meierdiercks

*Bring a soil sample from your garden!

2:45-4:00 Session 2: Bio-remediation, with Scott Kellogg, Oliver Kellhammer, Rebeka Rice and Kate Meierdiercks

  • Track 2: Compost 101, CCG, 3337 6th Ave. (Carriage House, downstairs, rain place), with Abby Lublin, MCR

1:00-2:15 Session 1: Building a compost bin, at Collard City Growers

2:45-4:00 Session 2: Using your compost

  • Track 3: Your very own lot!, Sanctuary

1:00-2:15 Session 1: How to acquire your lot, with Sharon Martin, City Assessor, and Monica Kurzejeski, Executive Director, Land Bank

2:45-4:00 Session 2: Design your own lot: permaculture design (walk away with next steps!)

  • 2:45-4:00 Session 2: Sneak preview !!!, “Agrarian Activists” (work in progress), with Deborah Koons Garcia, Sanctuary Inner Sanctum
  • 4:30-5:30  Troy Lot-Reclaimers presentation, Sanctuary
  • 5:30-6:30 PM Community Potluck & Information tables

7 PM “Symphony of the Soil” w/ filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia 


Down and Dirty Skill Share

Save the afternoon for presentations by Troy Zero Waste, Oliver Kellhammer, Scott Kellogg of RADIX, and more!

Troy Lot-Reclaimers Presentation

With Pecha kucha-like presentations from Scott Kellogg, the Cubits/ Troy Salvage and Deconstruction, Sid Fleischer, Howard Stoner, Simon Burke-Lipicjky, Jack Magai, Troy Little League, Andrew Lynn, Colie Collen/ Flower Scout, Oliver Kellhammer and more, representing a diversity of inspiring ways local Trojans are reclaiming formerly vacant lots:

– A flower-arrangement business

– Growing grains

– A model of deconstruction and gardening/chicken-tending

– An extended “backyard” for growing and play

– A practice field/T-ball field for Troy Central Little League

– A neighborhood demonstration garden

– An urban sustainability center

Deborah Koons Garcia 

Deborah Koons Garcia has called Northern California home for over thirty years, with her production company based in Mill Valley, CA. She has made fiction, educational and documentary films. For the last fifteen years she has focused primarily on films about agriculture and the food system.

Ms. Garcia directed the groundbreaking film, The Future of Food, which premiered at Film Forum in New York City. The Future of Food (2004) examines the alarming issues surrounding the rapidly increasing corporate domination of our food supply. It is the first major film to cover the history and technology of genetic engineering and the complex implications of releasing such crops into the food environment and food supply. The Future of Food helped jumpstart what is now called the food movement and the continues to play widely all over the world in theaters and at film, food and farming festivals and conferences and at thousands of community-organized screenings. Her latest film, Symphony of the Soil, which is currently in wide release, was designated a Critics’ Pick by the New York Times and was shown at the United Nations in New York City on World Soil Day which launched the UN International Year of the Soils.