‘Six Inches of Soil’ (PG) Film plus Q&A

9th June 2024 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Special Event

Our current food system is both a miracle and a disaster. Cockermouth CAN is presenting Six Inches of Soil, an independent British feature film, which follows the inspiring story of British farmers standing up against the industrial food system and transforming the way they produce food – to heal the soil, benefit our health and provide for local communities.

Browse various local information stalls from 6 pm. There will also be a short Q&A with local farmers, growers and people working to create a sustainable food system, including Sharon Watson (Let's Eat SLOW), Pete Leeson (Woodland Trust/Tree Amble), and Rick Cross (Riversmeet Community Cooperative).

Six Inches of Soil is a British independent full feature documentary shining a spotlight on soil health and regenerative farming. It tells the inspiring story of young British farmers standing up against the industrial food system and transforming the way they produce food – to heal the soil, our health and provide for local communities.

The aims of the film are to sound the alarm on a broken system, but to also give hope that there is a way to fix it; to inspire farmers to adopt agroecological and regenerative farming practices; and to encourage consumers, food corporations and policymakers to support their efforts. Half the food we eat in the UK is produced by about 180,000 farmers, who manage 70% of our land. Current “industrial” mainstream farming practices significantly contribute to soil degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change.

Regenerative farming practices, (within an agroecological system) promote healthier soils, provide healthier, affordable food, restore biodiversity and sequester carbon. Six Inches of Soil is a story of three new farmers on the first year of their regenerative journey to heal the soil and help transform the food system – Anna Jackson, a Lincolnshire 11th generation arable and sheep farmer; Adrienne Gordon, a Cambridgeshire small-scale vegetable farmer; and Ben Thomas, who rears pasture fed beef cattle in Cornwall. As the trio of young farmers strive to adopt regenerative practices and create viable businesses, they meet seasoned mentors – John Pawsey in Suffolk, Nic Renison in Cumbria and Marina O’Connell in Devon – who help them on their journey.

They are joined by other experts – Henry Dimbleby, Ian Wilkinson, Mike Berners-Lee, Vicki Hird, Dee Woods, Tim Lang, Hannah Jones, Satish Kumar, Nicole Masters, Tom Pearson – providing wisdom and solutions from a growing movement of people who are dedicated to changing the trajectory for food, farming and the planet.