Symphony of the Soil

7 p.m. Wed., Mar. 4, 2015 at the Byron Colby BarnSOS Image

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils! Soil is alive, and its health and survival are intricately connected to that of all life.

Join the Liberty Prairie Foundation, College of Lake County, Conserve Lake County, and the Prairie Crossing Charter School for a FREE screening of the award-winning film, Symphony of the Soil to learn about soil – the foundation to life on earth. Admission is FREE, and at the door only (no pre-registration).

Symphony of the Soil explores the complexity and mystery of soil as it “digs into” soil science and other topics that support the case for treating soil with care. The film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story, sharing voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists plus gripping film footage from four continents.

Using a captivating mix of art and science, Symphony of the Soil shows that soil is a complex living organism although most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems.

After the film, mingle with Prairie Crossing Farmers  and Farm Business Development Center alumni to learn about their sustainable farming practices, and how to support their soil-friendly farm businesses. Participating farm businesses include Sandhill Family Farms, Radical Root Farm, Yaw-Ye Farms, Marigold Hill Organics, Living Lands Conservation Company, the Prairie Farm Corps, and Gretta’s Goats.

Meet representatives from the College of Lake County and learn about their sustainability initiatives and sustainable agriculture program. Talk to native plant enthusiasts from Conserve Lake County and learn about their Conservation@Home program. Get inspired to cook healthy meals from real food from Lindsey Shifley from Lake County Food Revolution, the Lake County Ambassador for Jamie Oliver Food Foundation’s Food Revolution. Learn about Village Homesteading Mundelein‘s workshops, food pantry garden, and more for the enrichment of our local community.

Learn about the Good Food Festival which builds connections between farmers, artisan food entrepreneurs, good food financiers, policy stakeholders, and consumers to build vibrant local food economies and communities from Jim Slama, Founder and President of FamilyFarmed.org. Learn about Growing Healthy People’s veteran training program, the art of keeping bees from several area beekeepers – Ann Miller from Annie’s Apiary and Perry Plescia, both members of the Lake County Beekeepers Association. Network with others interested in sustainable agriculture, native landscaping, and environmental education.

This free event is co-sponsored by the Liberty Prairie Foundation, College of Lake County, Conserve Lake County, and the Prairie Crossing Charter School. Click here to learn more about the Symphony of the Soils film and click here to learn more about the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nation’s International Year of Soils.

The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. From I-94 north, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Barn. The film event is BYOB. Download a promotional flyer and help spread the word!