Living Soil Film to be shown at Salem Crew Public Library on Earth Day

“Living Soil,” a film produced by the Soil Health Insititute, will be shown at Salem Crew Public Library at 107 East Cherry Street in Salem at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 22, for Earth Day.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Lower Skunk River Water Quality and Soil Health Initiative. The film is one hour long and light refreshments will be served.

The documentaryfeatures diverse scenes of food production from the Dust Bowl of the 1930s to today. Urban and rural farmers from different areas of the U.S. talk about strategies they use to improve soil health and the impact on food stability, environmental sustainability and human nutrition.

The film also includes interviews with soil health researchers and other soil health experts discussing new trends and developments with soil health. For more information on the Soil Health Institute, please visit

“Soils are living ecosystems. When we work to improve the health of our soils, we can ensure that our soils will be productive and sustainable for future generations,” said TJ Mathis, Lee and Van Buren NRCS District Conservationist. “Improving soil health will increase crop productivity on our farm and help improve water quality in Iowa.”

The showing of this film will help to connect what Iowans, along with farmers across the nation, are doing in a collective effort to protect their soils and water.

For information on this event or for reasonable accommodations, please contact Miranda Haes at 319-385-2824 Ext. 3 or

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