Six Inches Of Soil Film

by Colin Ramsay in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th March 2022 we successfully raised £20,710 with 237 supporters in 28 days

Bring the untold story of Britain’s agroecological revolution to the big screen. You can still donate on our website www.sixinchesofsoil.org

by Colin Ramsay in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

The Story

We all need to eat.  But as a society we’ve become so disconnected from the way in which our food is produced, packaged and transported. Most of us seem happy with the ‘choice’, ‘convenience’ and ‘good value’ that supermarkets seem to offer. 

What we don’t see is that many farmers growing our food face increasingly impossible demands from the powerful supermarkets and massive food corporations controlling our food system. 

Many farmers have faced bankruptcy or have grown big to survive – relying on fossil fuels, chemicals, monoculture crops, subsidies and heavy machinery that have disastrous consequences for the environment and our health.

But change is in the ‘soil’ - pioneered by a quiet but rapidly growing food and farming movement in the UK that seeks to completely overturn the way we have farmed and eaten over the last 70 years. 

Our film, Six Inches of Soil, tells the story of extraordinary farmers, communities, small businesses, chefs and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to transform how our food is produced and consumed.  

“Agroecology” is an approach to farming that includes ‘regenerative’ farming techniques that work in harmony with, rather than against nature. It focuses on local food systems that cut out supermarkets completely. 

The advantages are numerous: we get to know who is growing our food and how, farmers get paid a fair price and have the satisfaction of producing healthy food in a healthy environment. 

Agroecology may also be our best chance in the face of climate change: it keeps carbon in the ground and creates resilient systems in the face of climate uncertainty.

Here is a taster of the story and characters (Anna & Adrienne) who will appear in the film. 

We invite you to join us on this journey to bring this story to the big screen - Choose a reward on the right and let’s grow this food & farming revolution together!

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What are the film's goals? 

  • Show how modern industrial agriculture is degrading our soils, rivers, biodiversity, climate and long-term food security; 
  • Give a voice to young British farmers, including new-entrants to farming;
  • Explain the principles and benefits of agroecology and regenerative agriculture;
  • Illustrate how the soil food web is a complex living system that interacts with the environment, plants and animals on which we all depend;
  • Debunk the myth of food scarcity and outline how the global population can still have affordable, nutritious food while being genuinely sustainable;
  • Challenge the major supermarkets, agrochemicals and biotech industries and corporate food lobbyists to respond to this alternative vision for agriculture;
  • Encourage buying local, sustainably produced food direct from farmers and producers;
  • Partner with organisations to create a valuable campaigning tool that can engage the public and policy makers to support an agroecological vision for farming for the UK.

Why are we crowdfunding?

We believe that Six Inches of Soil is a film whose time has come. The success of films like Kiss the Ground (2019) and Seaspiracy (2021) shows that consumers have an appetite for hard-hitting and inspiring films about how and where their food is produced.   We want to create an equally provocative ‘focusing moment’ for a wider public debate on the food system in Britain today.

We are making Six Inches of Soil independently so we can retain creative control and focus on our message. Once we have finished post-production, we will, however, approach broadcast television, streaming networks and film festivals. 

Our small production team has invested countless voluntary hours in research and development for over a year, now at the start of this year’s growing season, we are ready to begin filming and need your funding and support  

Our total budget is £150,000. This includes hiring film crew and equipment, travel expenses, editing, original music, animation and graphics, talent promotion, running our launch and importantly our social impact campaign. We aim to raise £50,000 with our first Crowdfunder, with the remaining funds coming from private individuals, film funds and foundations.

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Who we are

We are a small production team who share a passion for nature based solutions to climate change. Our team includes experienced documentary filmmakers, scientists, agroecological farmers and food and environmental campaigners. 

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This project was inspired by our short commissioned film, From the Ground Up (2020) which told the stories of five Cambridgeshire farmers at different stages of their regenerative farming journey. It was very well received and has been widely shared.

Making that film and listening to British farmers made us realise that there was another film to be made - the so-far untold story of the British agroecological movement today. And so Six Inches of Soil was born. 

There is already a buzz around our film - we have support from leading figures in the UK food and farming world, such as Henry Dimbleby and Baroness Bennett. 

We have also formed partnerships with the major charitable organisations and interest groups working on agroecology who plan to use our film as a campaigning tool, with screenings up and down the country and accompanying campaigning materials. Our Partners include: The Soil Association, Farm-Ed, Sustain, Groundswell, Sustainable Soils Alliance, Nature Friendly Farming Network, Organic Farmers and Growers Association and the Pasture For Life Association. 

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“Despite all our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact it rains.” --Paul Harvey 1978)

Please join us by donating and sharing this Crowdfunder, following us on social media, signing up to our newsletter and getting the word out!

All our love 

Colin, Claire and the Six Inches of Soil Team  

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

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Shout out

a big thank you from us on social media for helping us get closer to making Six Inches of Soil

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Flower Day Discount

£10 off the ticket of the Flourish Produce, Flower Day (a wonderful day of picking flowers on the farm at Linton, Cambs, lovely lunch and then a flower arranging workshop). https://www.flourishproduce.co.uk/

£35 or more

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Hortiwool Garden Wool pouches

Hortiwool pouches contain five garden wool pads made from100% lambswool. They have numerous uses in your garden and are proven to support plant growth. For more information see: https://hortiwool.com/products/hortiwool-pouch

£40 or more

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20% discount on Matthews Cotswold Flour

20% discount code on Matthews Cotswolds Flour - Britain's artisan flour miller. Specialists In Organic, French & Cotswold Flour. https://www.fwpmatthews.co.uk

£50 or more

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Microbz chemical free gardening toolkits

Get everything you need for your garden from kitchen waste bucket to rose bloom with our complete chemical-free gardening toolkit (worth £39.95 each) for more info see: https://microbz.co.uk/product/chemical-free-garden-toolbox

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Matthews Cotswold Flour Sourdough Kit

Inside this sourdough kit you will find 5 handpicked organic Matthews Cotswold Flours, 5 recipes, a guide to making a sourdough starter, plus a collection of equipment for making all these recipes (worth £60). Also we are offering a 20% discount code on one flour order with this reward.

£100 or more

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Restaurant Vouchers

a £10 voucher for use at any of the Culpeper family pubs across London. The Culpeper Family Hospitality Group is a group of four pubs and restaurants across East and North London – The Culpeper near Spitalfields, The Buxton on Brick Lane, The Duke of Cambridge in Islington and The Green in Clerkenwell. https://www.theculpeper.com/about/

£100 or more

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Agriculture books

5m books are offering books to the value of £100. Choosing this reward means that you will be able to pick books to that value from 5m books catalogue. Titles range across agriculture, animal health and welfare, aquaculture, and veterinary medicine. https://5mbooks.com/

£200 or more

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Ask the expert - farm consultation

Private consultancy via Zoom with one of our agroecological experts about your farming enterprise with Stephen Briggs or George Young

£200 or more

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'Local food hub' evening with Duncan Catchpole

An educational evening with Cambridge Organic Food Company founder Duncan Catchpole to discuss local food. Ideal for an eco-group or growing community (max 10 people) looking to kickstart a local food hub. East Anglia region only. All attendees will receive an organic veg box and a copy of Duncan's book, "Local Food Ecosystems: How Food Hubs can Help Create a More Sustainable Food System".

£500 or more

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Ask the expert - farm walk

Farm walks with one of our agroecological farming experts (4 person max in each group). Experts are Stephen Briggs, George Young or Ian Wilkinson (FarmED)

£2,000 or more

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Exclusive Screening of the film in your name

A film screening in your honour! You will be personally responsible for making one of our film premieres possible at a screening event in England. VIP tickets for you and a guest to your premiere where the film's creators Colin & Claire will personally acknowledge your contribution. You will also be credited in the film.

£5,000 or more

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Executive Producer

Hero status! Exec producer credit on IMDB and in the film. A VIP premiere experience for you and a guest at a screening of your choice and a meal out with the film creators - Colin & Claire.

£30 or more

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Signed copy of Rebugging the Planet book

Signed copy of Rebugging the Planet: The Remarkable Things that Insects (and Other Invertebrates) Do - And Why We Need to Love Them More (Paperback) by Vicki Hird worth £12.99. Vicki will also write you a custom message in the book. https://www.waterstones.com/book/rebugging-the-planet/vicki-hird/gillian-burke/9781645020189

£30 or more

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Regenerative Agriculture titles from Chelsea Green

Choose one of these 'must read' titles from Chelsea Green. Put your choice in the comments - one of each available. From: Our Wild Farming Life Lynn Cassells & Sandra Baer (2022) Going to Seed Simon Fairlie (2022) Dirt to Soil Gabe Brown (2018) The Living Soil Handbook Jesse Frost (2021) A Small Farm Future Chris Smaje (2020) Letter to a Young Farmer Gene Logsdon (2017) On Gallows Down Nicola Chester (2021) www.chelseagreen.co.uk

£40 or more

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Friday Farm Walk & Lunch at FarmED, Oxfordshire

Join a Friday Farm Walk & Lunch at FarmED, the centre for agro-ecological learning, near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. See website for available dates in 2022: https://www.farm-ed.co.uk/eventsprogramme

£50 or more

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Streaming Film Pass

Single annual streaming pass to watch the film after release as many times as you want for a year

£50 or more

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Agriculture Books

5m books are offering books to the value of £50. Choosing this reward means that you will be able to pick books to that value from 5m books catalogue. Titles range across agriculture, animal health and welfare, aquaculture, and veterinary medicine. https://5mbooks.com/

£200 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Monthly Seasonal Organic Veg Box

monthly seasonal organic veg box (worth £15) delivered every month to your door for 12 months

£250 or more

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Dinner and a Nights Stay

Dinner and a night’s stay at any of the Culpeper family pubs across London. The Culpeper Family Hospitality Group is a group of four pubs and restaurants across East and North London – The Culpeper near Spitalfields, The Buxton on Brick Lane, The Duke of Cambridge in Islington and The Green in Clerkenwell. https://www.theculpeper.com/about/

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