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Six Inches of Soil: new film follows British farmers standing up to the industrial food system

The filmmakers are inviting food partnerships and community groups to host screenings of the documentary feature film across the UK.

Six Inches of Soil Main Characters Anna Jackson Adrienne Gordon & Ben Thomas . Credit: Six Inches of Soil

Six Inches of Soil Main Characters Anna Jackson Adrienne Gordon & Ben Thomas . Credit: Six Inches of Soil

Scheduled for full release in Spring 2024, Six Inches of Soil spotlights new entrant farmers and established pioneers who are departing from conventional agriculture. The film tells the story of remarkable farmers, communities, small businesses, chefs and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to transform how our food is produced and consumed. 
It follows the stories of Anna Jackson, an 11th generation arable and sheep farmer from Lincolnshire; Adrienne Gordon, a small-scale vegetable farmer in Cambridgeshire; and Ben Thomas, a Cornwall-based cattle farmer who specialises in pasture-fed beef. The film documents their highs and lows over a one-year period as they embark on a regenerative journey, working to adopt sustainable practices while building viable businesses in an environment degraded by industrial agriculture.  
Six Inches of Soil will first be shown in the UK at the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) on January 4th for delegates, followed by exclusive preview screenings in January and February for partners, funders, and contributors featured in the film. The main screening program is scheduled to commence in March, extending through Spring and Summer, aiming to engage and empower audiences as integral participants in this transformative journey which you can be a part.  
Post-release, the film's production team is gearing up for the launch of an ambitious Impact Campaign. This strategic initiative is designed to challenge the prevailing notion of food scarcity and present practical pathways toward ensuring accessible, nourishing, and genuinely sustainable food. 

Claire Mackenize, Six Inches of Soil producer, says:

We would really like as many people from sustainable food organisations to screen the film so that together we can make as big an impact as possible.

To be an active part of this movement, the filmmakers are encouraging people to take the following actions: 

  • Sign up for their newsletter to stay connected and engaged with this groundbreaking movement. 
  • Engage on social media by discussing and sharing the film trailer using the handle @sixinchesofsoil on Instagram and @sixinchessoil on X to amplify its impact. 
  • Support the Get Fair About Farming petition advocating for fair and sustainable farming practices. 
  • Discover local regenerative and agroecological farmers and food suppliers, fostering a closer connection to the source of our sustenance. 
  • Explore the extensive resources provided by "Six Inches of Soil" to deepen understanding and knowledge about regenerative agriculture. 
  • Host a screening of the film in your community to inspire and spark conversations about transformative farming practices. 
  • For more information and to support this movement, visit Six Inches of Soil and join the journey toward a regenerative and nourishing future for all. 

Published Monday 27 November 2023

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