Six Inches of Soil

14th March 2024

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Class Description

Important notice: Due to our restricted parking availability, we encourage attendees to carpool to the event. Carpooling not only aligns with the film’s environmental message but also helps alleviate parking congestion. Please indicate whether you’ll be driving your own vehicle and provide us the reg number by emailing us or filling it in the “Allergies/Dietary Requirements” section. Thank you.

Time: 18:30 to 21:30

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.

 

The 96 minute film, with its original music score and beautiful animation, was completed at the end of 2023, and was launched at the Oxford Real Farming Conference on 4th January 2024. It was also shown at COP 28 in December 2023 through EIT Food Systems.

 

“WOW @sixinchesofsoil what an amazing 🤩 movie! I never thought I could watch a movie about soil and get emotional” Michael Aggrey at COP28

All abilities welcome

Class size
60

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What to expect
  • On arrival you will be met by the cookery school staff and offered refreshments whilst you sign in and meet the other participants.
  • Times are approximate and may sometimes run beyond the end time advertised.
Important Information
  • Important noice: Due to our restricted parking availability, we encourage attendees to carpool to the event. Carpooling not only aligns with the film’s environmental message but also helps alleviate parking congestion. Please indicate whether you’ll be driving your own vehicle and provide us the reg number by emailing us or filling it in the “Allergies/Dietary Requirements” section. Thank you.

 

  • Allergies and Dietary Requirements: Some classes are able to cater for specific dietary requirements but not all, please let us know of any allergies at the time of booking.

 

  • Gifts: If you are booking the class as a gift, please ask the recipient to get in touch directly to inform us of any allergies ahead of the class by emailing: cookeryschool@honestygroup.co.uk

 

  • Booking for others: Please make sure that all email correspondence is forwarded on to gift recipients and others you have booked for to ensure that they have received full instructions.

 

  • Sustainability: Some of our classes may have leftover food for you to take home.  In the interests of sustainability please ensure you bring containers with you.

 

  • Safety and Hygiene: In the interests of safety and hygiene we request that closed in shoes are worn and hair is tied back whilst cooking.
Where is this located?
  • Honesty Cookery School
  • The Barn, North Sydmonton House
  • North Sydmonton
  • Hampshire
  • RG20 4UL
  • UK
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14th March 2024

Six Inches of Soil

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North Sydmonton House, The Barn, North Sydmonton, Newbury RG20 4UL
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We hope to make our courses as sustainable as possible and so request that customers bring containers to take home any food left over at the end of a course.

 

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