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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Back to Eden Documentary: Free Online Streaming

Since the online premier of Back to Eden in 2011, the film has garnered the interest of over 2 million viewers in 210 countries! 

When filming Paul Gautschi at his garden on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, we never imagined such a global response! To us, this is proof that people are hungry for sustainable organic gardening methods that are capable of being implemented in diverse climates around the world. 

According to the book, "Garden to Table: A 5-Year Look at Food Gardening in America," in the past five years there's been a 17 percent increase in food gardening. Our belief is that Back to Eden has played a significant role in the increase of food gardening! 

Streaming online for free 24/7, the film is a gardening resource that teaches how to eliminate all of the work associated with growing food! 

Following in the footsteps of Ruth Stout (No Work Garden Book) and Masanobu Fukuoka (One Straw Revolution), Paul Gautschi is leading a new revolutionary movement in the organic gardening community. 

Endorsed by the National Gardening Association, Organic Consumers Association and featured in magazines such as Mother Earth News and Organic Gardening NZ, the film is continuing to impact the way food is grown around the world. 

Our hope is that people are being connected with what Paul calls "live food." Simply put, fruits and vegetables that are full of nutrients because they are growing in the richest compost with a protective covering. 

The health benefits and disease prevention from eating live food is undeniable. So please, watch the film, implement a Back to Eden garden, and get connected to nature and optimal health!

 Back To Eden OFFICIAL FILM from Dana & Sarah Films on Vimeo.

About the Film Makers
Dana Richardson & Sarah Zentz, are the co-founders of DANA & SARAH FILMS, an independent film production company based in Big Sur, CA. For over 5 years, they have produced and directed award winning documentaries that present vital perspectives rarely seen in mainstream media.

BACK TO EDEN (2011) tells the story of an organic gardener and his revolutionary approach to growing food. The film has broadcast on Amazing Discoveries, was winner of the “PRAISED” award in the international Green Unplugged Film Festival (2013), was an official selection in The Awareness Film Festival (2012), and continues to receive critical-acclaim globally. 

Dana & Sarah Films play a key role in igniting social change through bringing public awareness to health and wellness issues, ethical material sourcing, and sustainable environmental practices. Dana & Sarah Films seeks to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities by empowering people with creative solutions through media art and activism.
Dana Richardson
Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
Dana is a California-based filmmaker with over five years of experience directing and producing documentary films. Dana received her BFA in Video from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008.

Sarah Zentz
Director, Producer, Sound Recordist, Sound Editor

Sarah received her BFA in New Media from Millersville University in 2008. In addition to recording and editing sound, Sarah manages marketing, web design and graphic design for Dana & Sarah Films

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weather Watch: Don't Plant Too Early - Cold Weather Expected April 17-23, 2014

Weather Watch/Don't Plant Too Early -- Areas with approaching last frost dates that are expecting very cold weather in the extended forecast (Apr 17-23).

Click around the map, it's interactive. The shaded areas represent an intersection between period of last frost potential and Climate Prediction Center below normal temperature probabilities for Apr 17-23, 2014.

Essentially, the shaded areas are locations that could experience very late last frost dates due to unusually cold air for this time of year, and growers are cautioned not to plant too early.

You can find this interactive weather map at Green Thumb Weather

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Friday, April 11, 2014

How To Compost Infographic - Start Today!

 guide to composting

Composting infographic courtesy of The Enduring Gardener

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Book of the Week: Small-Space Container Gardens - Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio

Author: Fern Richardson
A concrete slab populated solely with plastic chairs and an abandoned grill? Not anymore. Chances are your balcony, porch, or patio could use a major makeover. Fern Richardson, charismatic creator of the Life on the Balcony blog, is here to walk you through the process of beautifying a small space--even when you have a similarly small budget.

This exciting guide layers practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that encourage thinking outside the pot. Maybe this means repurposing a shipping pallet to create a colorful vertical garden of nasturtiums and lobelia. Or simply seeing walls, rafters, railings, and everything in-between as fair game.

It's in these containers--traditional or not--that you'll cultivate your own food, attract beneficial insects, grow flowering vine privacy screens, and so much more. You'll also learn how to tackle unique challenges, like windy conditions when gardening several stories above street level, and how to care for plants and troubleshoot with the best of them.

From design basics to essential plant picks, Small Space Container Gardens proves you don't need a yard to have a garden. For anyone who wants more green in their life, it's time to get out there and start growing.

About the Author
Fern Richardson is the creator of the container gardening blog Life On The Balcony. She is also a master gardener, amateur photographer, and container garden designer.

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