Six Inches of Soil Film - Post Production

by Colin Ramsay in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th June 2023 we successfully raised £37,609 with 289 supporters in 77 days

Help us complete the first major documentary feature film about the regenerative farming revolution in Britain.

by Colin Ramsay in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

We’ve exceeded our initial £30,000 target, which is fantastic so a huge thanks to all our supporters.  

Recently the film qualified for “the Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund (SOWI)” and “the Aviva Community Fund '' so we’ve decided to extend the crowdfunder to help hit our stretch target of £52,750. 

This amount will be used to fully fund the post production rather than just the editing. The extra funds will pay for technical expertise and time such as sound mixing, colour grading, animation and music. All these elements mean the film will be screened for you at cinematic quality. 

Anything left over in the pot will be fed into distribution and impact. Which helps pay for technical screening costs in front of live audiences and develops materials for impact and education. 

The Story of the Film

Our current food system is both a miracle and a disaster. 

Since WW2, industrial farming has transformed Britain’s rural landscapes, through generous government subsidies, mechanisation and agrochemicals which has resulted in a food culture shaped by cheap food. This miracle, however, has come at a massive and often hidden cost: the UK is one of most nature depleted countries on the planet, with rising food inequality and related public health issues. 

But there is a quiet revolution taking place, and it is coming up through the soil. Pioneered by a small but rapidly growing regenerative food and farming movement in the UK and globally, which seeks to overturn how we have farmed and eaten over the last 70 years. Our film, Six Inches of Soil, tells the story of extraordinary farmers, communities and small businesses, who are leading the way in transforming how our food is produced and our land cared for.

Here is the official teaser trailer for the film: 

The Six Aims of the Film

  • Reveal the magic and importance of healthy soils
  • Give a voice to young British farmers
  • Promote familiarity with agroecology, regenerative & organic farming
  • Explore the barriers and opportunities for change at an individual level and a system level
  • Show how we can build regenerative food markets in the UK
  • Promote policy change that connects food with farming, the environment, local economies and public health
  • Explore how we can rediscover our regenerative nature

Why are we crowdfunding (again)?

Last year we raised funds to cover the cost of shooting the film. Our small team filmed on the road for 42 days, shot over 120 hours of footage, in all weathers, in 9 different English counties - Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Devon, Suffolk, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire. 

We interviewed over twenty farmers and other experts, attended farming conferences, protests, filmed with sheep, pigs, cows as well as with our unsung heroes - the microbes, fungi, dung beetles, earthworms and other critters of the soil community. 

Now we need your help to weave the elements of the film together and tell this complex story in a compelling way. Our post-production process will take 6-8 months and involves: 

  • Logging and editing over 120 hours of footage into a coherent story
  • Composing original music
  • Storyboarding and producing animations
  • Sourcing and licensing archive footage
  • Sound mixing 
  • Colour grading 
  • Multiple reviews of the edits
  • Fact checking
  • Legal clearance 
  • Subtitling & closed captions 
  • Digital Cinema Package (DCP) conversion  
  • Test screenings with our close supporters and integrating feedback

Our total target budget for post production is £62,750, half of which we need to fund through this crowdfunder. The funds will pay for a team of specialist freelancers to deliver the film to a high level of production value.  

Ultimately, hitting our funding target means we can deliver a better film experience for you. One that brings us all closer to igniting the public conversation around food and farming and driving the changes that are critical for our future on this planet. 

How do we plan to distribute the film? 

We want our film to reach multiple audiences, so our distribution strategy includes a cinema release, release on an online streaming platform together with memorable in-person screening experiences. We are also developing a cohesive plan to show our film in schools, corporate boardrooms and to key policy-makers.

This autumn we are planning twelve ‘launch’ screenings across the country that will include a Q&A session with farmers and the members of the production team. It will include local/regenerative food tastings and a screening pack with local information on how to become more involved with the UK regenerative farming revolution. We will also be submitting the film to various film festivals. 

Next Spring, we are planning another film roadshow.  Since we began talking about the film, we have had numerous generous offers of screening locations, including farms, pubs, stately homes and summer festivals which we intend to take advantage of. 

We are also talking with all our partners to ensure they can use the film in the most effective way to bring about change, by getting it seen by as wide an audience as possible.  We are open to your ideas for screenings, especially if you have existing screening equipment, experience with public events and a venue! 

Who we are?

We are a small independent production team who share a passion for the natural world. We believe in the power of films and stories to change hearts and minds. Our team includes experienced documentary filmmakers, scientists, farmers, food and environmental campaigners.


Over the last two and half years we've done extensive research and networking - broadening our knowledge of food, farming, health, policy, agroecology and its relationship to climate change. This pre-production phase was unfunded and done in our spare time. We’ve taken the time to build trust with the UK farming community, listening to what farmers have to say and respecting differences of opinion on how best to move forward in the face of the biodiversity and climate emergency. We’ve been featured in the national press, on radio, on podcasts, met The Princess Royal, been nominated for awards, and perhaps most importantly to those who gave to our first Crowdfunder, we have finished all our filming.

You can also find out more about the project on our website.

Who are our partners?

We have formed strong partnerships with the major not-for-profits organisations working on soil health and agroecology, alongside select corporate brands who share our values. They will also use our film as a campaigning tool, with screenings up and down the country with accompanying campaigning materials. Our NGO Partners include: The Soil Association, Farm-Ed, Sustain, Groundswell, Sustainable Soils Alliance, Nature Friendly Farming Network, Organic Farmers and Growers Association, BASE, the Pasture for Life Association and the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission. 


Please help us finish the film 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


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

6 of 15 claimed

Online Event with Nutritionalist Lucy Williamson

Microbes for Menopause: Why they matter! Online event on Thursday 6th July 8-9pm (half hour talk + half hour Q and A) Join Dr Lucy Williamson for clarity on your gut microbiome: how can it help you navigate the challenging years around Menopause? Lucy's advice always includes the soil-gut story! Places are limited to 15 to allow more tailored support and plenty of time for questions.

£20 or more

Discount for BAM clothing

For those that give £20 or more you can access discount codes of 20% (within a time limit) for any item of BAM clothing. Discount codes will be emailed to the recipient after the crowdfunder finishes.

£25 or more

Organico Real Foods Discount code

Organico Real Foods ( are offering a 25% discount code. Organico Real Foods are the home of pioneering organic and sustainable food brands Organico and Fish4Ever. We commit to sourcing foods that are planet-positive, that help support and enhance biodiversity and eco-systems, that protect soils and the water supply, that are resilient, not wasteful, not polluting or damaging.

£25 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Signed book: Sustainable Garden by Marian Boswall

Signed hard back copy of Sustainable Garden by Marian Boswall. In Sustainable Garden Marian Boswall shares insights advice and projects to help create and look after an outdoor space with a beauty more than skin deep, whilst also looking after ourselves. A stylish, inspirational and practical guidebook, shortlisted for Garden book of the year 2022.RRP £18.00 - mailed to the UK only.

£30 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Personal Soil Chromatogram - a work of art!

'Soil Voices' will create a chromatogram, which is a photographic process that is like a unique footprint of the soil - utilised by farmers and growers; the hues patterns and textures provide a beautiful overview of each soil's vitality and health. To see one go to @soilvoices on social media. You will send a teaspoon of your soil to Soil Voices and they will send you back a stunning soil chromatogram.

£200 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Tour of the Matthews Cotswold Flour family Mill

Journey through the historic Matthews Cotswold Flour family mill creating flour that enhances nutrition, taste, understanding and experience. Have an exclusive behind the scenes tour with Bertie Matthews, Managing Director, and 8th generation of the Matthews family. The ticket includes mill tour with Bertie Matthews, Arrival Tea & Pastries, Goodie bag with exclusive Matthews Cotswold Flour merchandise and a selection box of flour.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Permaculture Garden Course - Incredible Edible

The wonderful Morag Gamble's in-depth online introduction to permaculture course, The Incredible Edible Garden. With lifetime access to the course content RRP: AUD297 - around £160

£500 or more

3 of 6 claimed

FarmEd Friday farm walk and complimentary lunch

Friday farm walk and complimentary lunch FarmED, Honeydale Farm, Station Rd, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK Explore Honeydale Farm on an inspiring and informative guided farm walk, led by Founder, Ian Wilkinson or a member of the FarmED team.

£750 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 weeks stay at Highland Croft Cottage

£750 discount on a week in stunning two bedroom croft - Tigh Beg Croft self-catering holiday cottage has to be one of the ultimate secluded Highland hideaways. This classic 'get away from it all' location near Oban, Argyll. Featured in the film Ring of Bright Water. Scottish croft link via Bid now so you can book a truly special holiday!

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Luxury Cabin on Fritton Lake, Norfolk

A weekend for 6 (club together with some friends) staying in a brand new stunning Koto crafted retreat that is luxuriously fitted out. During your stay make the most of the beautiful lake. On land you will have access to grass and clay tennis courts, an outdoor heated swimming pool, the BioGym, running trails, outdoor games and kids will love the adventure play. RRP £830-1,575 rent plus £200 to use the facilities

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Jude's Ice Cream Recipe Book

Jude's Ice Cream and Desserts Recipe books - RRP: £16.99 Their first recipe book! Bursting with recipes for superb scoops, brilliant bakes and scrumptious shakes, it's the perfect gift for the cook in your life.

£25 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Signed copies of Pipers Farm Cook Book

The Sustainable Meat Cookbook is a pioneering cookbook from Pipers Farm, with recipes & wisdom for considered carnivores. The recipes transport you through the seasons on the farm, with light and simple spring dishes and fire cooked summer feasts. Includes recipes by chefs; Gill Meller, Sam Lomas, Bob Andrew, Connor Reed and Abby Allen. RRP: £25 see: https://pipersfarm/products

£30 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Signed "Love of the Land" Recipe Books

Signed Copies of Love of the Land I & II by Jenny Jefferies: cook books to celebrate British farming in all its hardship and glory. For many families, working the land and raising livestock is a true labour of love, and what they produce is the backbone of the country’s food and drink., RRP: £22.00

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Copy of "Rooted" by Sarah Langford

Signed hard back copy of Rooted, Stories of Life, Land and a Farming Revolution by Sarah Langford - RRP £16.99 In Rooted, Sarah weaves her own story around those who taught her what it means to be a farmer. She shines a light on the human side of modern farming, and shows how land connects us all, not only in terms of global sustainability but in our relationships with our physical and mental health, our communities and our planet.

£40 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Signed Copy of "Land Healer" by Jake Fiennes

Signed copies of Land Healer by Jake Fiennes - RRP£17.19 Jake Fiennes is on a mission to change the face of the English countryside. Following the farming year and the natural cycle of the seasons, Land Healer chronicles a life of conservation lived at the edges, and is a manifesto for rethinking our relationship with the natural world before it's too late.

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Pasture for Life Membership (worth £100)

Pasture for Life membership for a year (RRP: £100+VAT). PfL members include farmers, butchers, chefs, vets, academics and conservationists, some of whom are profiled in Six Inches of Soil. Members benefit from weekly meetings and events across the country, focused on improving grazing management, lowering inputs and producing nutrient dense meat, milk (and fibre!). Join this fantastic community.

£60 or more

5 of 5 claimed

"Soil to Table" Books by the Landgardeners

Soil to Table books by the Landgardeners, RRP £33 It is a book reflecting the link between the health of our soils and what we eat. Filled with ideas and wisdom about how to care for your soil, with recipes from chef Lulu Cox. We hope it inspires you to nurture your soil and yourselves!

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Bundle of 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.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Matthews Cotswold Flour Ultimate Bread Box

10 different Matthews Cotswold bread flours including the recently launched Regenerative Stoneground White.RRP £26.30.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Stunning Blue Sheepskin Rug

Eco Ewe sheepskin rug: The entire collection is designed and finished in UK at the oldest established tannery which still employs traditional processing techniques which procures the highest grade lambskins and using highly skilled craftsmen, makes the Devonia sheepskin a unique and sought after product. RRP £70

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Farm Walk with George Young

George Young, Fobbing Farm, Essex is offering a tour of his farm. He is an agroecological farmer on a mixed farm. His cattle are also Pasture fed Livestock certified and he is a producer on our fillm. See insta: @farminggeorge

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Test Screening of Six Inches of Soil

Come to a small test screening of the film, help shape the story of the film. This event is planned for the summer, date to be confirmed.

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Two Night Stay in Luxury Farm Cottage Reward

Two night stay in one of the holiday cottages on Fullerhills farm, (near Cambridge) with a hot tub worth, £600. Available to book individually or club together with your friends for a group celebration. A voucher will be sent in a presentation box. Instagram: @fullershill.cottages

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Private Screening for a group in Central London

Exclusive screening of Six Inches of Soil for 10 of you, bid for this prize with friends or colleagues (great work night out!) at a private cinema owned by Motion Picture Solutions in Kensington, London. At this cinema MPS screen exclusive premieres of blockbuster films, so it will be a very special place to watch the film.

£3,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Attend Exclusive Screening

VIP tickets for you and a guest to a premiere screening, take part in a Q&A session, with a meal. Also the film's creators Colin & Claire will personally acknowledge your contribution. You will also be credited in the film.

Got an idea like this?

Over £200 million has been raised from our crowd to support the projects they love! Plus tens of millions more unlocked by our partners.