The Camden Conference and Maine Farmland Trust will present a special showing of Debra Koons Garcia’s 2012 documentary “Symphony of the Soil” Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. Debra Koons Garcia, the film’s director, writer and producer, will be joined for a live discussion after the film by sustainable agriculture visionary Fred Kirschenmann; and John Piotti, president and CEO of the Maine Farmland Trust.

“Symphony of the Soil” explores the complexity and mystery of “the living skin of the earth.” The film is an important work that examines how many of today’s large-scale farming practices, while producing abundant food, are damaging the soil used for growing it. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film reveals soil to be a living organism and the foundation of life on earth.

Garcia is best known for her 2004 “The Future of Food,” which addressed the issues of genetically engineered crops and the corporate control of our food supply. Kirschenmann is making a return visit to the Midcoast after delivering a stirring keynote address at last winter’s Camden Conference. He is a longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture and continues to manage his family's 1,800 acre certified organic farm in North Dakota. Piotti was a founder of Maine Farmland Trust in 1999. His work with MFT was recently honored when Maine magazine named him one of “50 people who have made a difference in Maine.”

The evening is made possible through a grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation as a follow-up event to February’s Camden Conference, The Global Politics of Food and Water, and presents an exciting opportunity to further explore the issues raised at that widely praised and sold-out event. The event is free and open to the public. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit; email; or call 236-1034.

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