The University of Iowa will present "An Evening in the Soil" on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The University of Iowa will present “An Evening in the Soil” on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Soil doesn’t get the attention that, let’s say, a new organic grocery store or seasonally focused restaurant might, but without healthy soil, you wouldn’t have those organic veggies to buy at the store or served on the menu.

The University of Iowa is highlighting soil-related performances and presentations from its Climate Narrative Project Fellows during “An Evening in the Soil” on Thursday, Dec. 11. More on that follows.

Iowans should especially be keen to understand the importance of healthy soil, being in the “breadbasket of the world,” a title that seems inconsistent, anymore, with the reality of what is farmed here.

So, for those of you wanting to dig deeper into the topic of soil, a free screening of a documentary called “Symphony of the Soil,” is available to watch online, but only between Dec. 5-12, 2014. I saw the movie when it first came out and am eager to see it again.

Free online streaming of "Symphony of the Soil" is available to watch between Dec. 5-12, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Free online streaming of “Symphony of the Soil” is available to watch between Dec. 5-12, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The free online streaming this week recognizes the United Nations General Assembly declaration for 2015 as the International Year of the Soils. The declaration calls attention to the need for sustainable development.

Watch the documentary at this link: Symphony of the Soil and see more from the UI Office of Sustainability about Thursday’s event, below:

Come view performances and presentations by Climate Narrative Project Fellows, as part of the Office of Sustainability’s “Semester in the Soil: Regenerative Agriculture, Urban Farms and Food.” The presentations will take place Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in room 2520D of¬†the University Capitol Centre.

The following fellows will present their projects:

  • Erica Damman – Soil Testimonies
  • Jeffrey Ding – Dispatches from the Land
  • Jenna Ladd – Immigrant Seeds and Stories
  • Sarah Nagengast – Recipes in an Age of Climate Change

The Climate Narrative Project is a special media arts initiative in the Office of Sustainability, co-sponsored by the Office of Outreach and Engagement in the Office of Executive Vice President and Provost. Learn more about the Climate Narrative Project and participants here.