"One of the most beneficial things you can have for a garden are chickens." - Paul Gautschi
Why chickens? They deal with all your waste AND the eggs are great! Paul even call his chickens his "soil manufacturers."
Paul feeds his chickens all of his expired produce from the garden, grass clippings, and weeds. Whatever they leave behind turns into compost that “almost approaches top soil.” At any time of the year, you can add this compost to your garden to improve your soil.
1. Build a screen. *Make a frame that is big enough to fit on your wheel barrel. *Use a screen that’s size is 1/2”-1” should be perfect!
2. Place the screen on top of your wheel barrel.
3. Shovel your compost or composted manure on top of the screen.
4. Shake the screen back and forth, until only the coarse material remains on top.
5. Discard coarse material onto ground to continue breaking down. *Take note of the beautiful compost in your wheel barrel!
6. Repeat steps 3-5 until your wheel barrel is full of compost.
7. Unload the screened compost onto your garden.
8. Rake the compost as a layer on top of your existing soil. *Any thickness will do wonders in your garden!
In June, Back to Eden
was an official selection for the online film festival, Green Unplugged
. Since the film festival was launched, Back to Eden
has reached nearly 30,000 citizens around the globe
! To date, that makes Back to Eden
the 3rd most viewed film
in the entire festival! On the last day of the festival, December 15
, cash rewards
go to the top 3 most viewed films by the audience.
Receiving one of these rewards will enable us to send hundreds of free DVD's to non-profit hunger and relief organizations who are partnering with Back to Eden
.We need your participation! Back to Eden
will only continue to spread around the world IF YOU SHARE
the following link with all of your friends and family to WATCH THE FILM FOR FREE
: 5 FREE DVD's will be sent to the person with the highest number of "Shares" through Facebook, Twitter, and Email! We will be tracking shares until the film festival ends on December 15th. How do you share? Click on the social media network buttons below!
This November, the filmmakers of Back to Eden
are launching a one-time special offer! DONATE TO GOSHEN = FREE BACK TO EDEN DVD
That's right. Every person who makes a donation to the upcoming film Goshen
, will receive a FREE DVD
of Back to Eden Film!
We hope to be sending out hundreds of DVD's, so please make a tax-deductible donation today
! Offer details
: This offer expires on November 30. There is a $5 minimum donation to receive afree DVD ($10 minimum for international donations).
By Erica Parker
Several weeks ago I saw a very interesting documentary and it has been on my mind since I saw it. The documentary is titled Back to Eden
and it features home gardener Paul Gautschi and others who have discovered the benefits of using wood chips in the garden. I know this might not sound very exciting, but the documentary takes a very holistic and common sense approach to the subject of gardening in tune with nature that makes it worth watching.
The main premise of “Back to Eden” is that we should mimic what we see in nature in our gardens. Nature manages to grow the most productive ecosystems in the world with absolutely no input from man (like fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, irrigation). How? It simply recycles resources. Why shouldn’t we do the same in our gardens (and in agriculture in general)? Wouldn’t the world be a whole lot better off if we started growing food in a way that supported human health, the environment and the human spirit? I think it would.
In nature the soil is always covered unless there is some type of disturbance. This cover could be dead grass, leaves, conifer needles, fallen logs, etc. These materials act like the skin of the soil by protecting it from environmental extremes and allowing a whole host of organisms to call the soil home. Believe it or not there’s a lot more than worms in there. These organisms provide valuable services for your plants, like nutrient cycling. So, it’s in our best interest to keep the soil healthy and soil cover is an essential part of this.
While there are many options for soil cover (straw, rocks, grass clippings, leaves, etc.), wood chips are a great option because they contain a good balance of carbon to nitrogen to feed soil organisms (depending on how fresh the wood is and how much green leaf material it contains), they stay in place, and they do a good job at suppressing weeds. Also, wood chips help with moisture retention (when dry) and displacement (when very wet). You can also walk on wood chips with less compaction occurring in your soil. And when it comes time for harvest you have clean veggies! Besides chipping your own branches, a good free source of wood chips is your local tree service. Wood chips are a waste product for them and if you’re located on their route you can probably get them to deliver.
It’s important to reiterate that wood chips are a soil cover, They should not be heavily mixed into your soil. Your plants’ roots need to grow in soil and will not thrive in wood chips. A layer of wood chips on top of the soil will slowly break down and enrich your soil. Over time you can add wood chips less frequently as you’ve increased the organic matter and improved the structure and biology in your soil.
To plant into wood chips use a rake or other tool to expose the soil you want to plant into. Remember, plants grow in soil, not mulch. Wood chips along with compost easily supply all the nutrients your soil needs, so fertilizers are unnecessary. Wood chips also retain moisture in the soil helping your plants grow with even moisture and reducing/eliminating the need to water. Any weed seeds that land on top of the wood chips are less likely to germinate and survive because they are not in contact with the soil. In addition, because wood chips build porous soil it makes weeds easier to pull out. With all this said, any natural soil covering will be beneficial to your garden. So, if you don’t have easy access to wood chips, use what is available to you. Don’t leave your soil naked! I would like to thank Rodale Institute researcher, David Schmeisser, for finding this awesome documentary.
On November 8, 2013, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded has taken it's toll on the Philippines - devastating communities and taking over 10,000 lives. Our team would like to distribute Back to Eden DVD's to Crisis Response International
(CRI) who has a base operation in Cebu City and is sending relief to Tacloban, one of the first places hit by the typhoon. "The typhoon left Tacloban in ruins, as a storm surge as high as 13 feet overwhelmed its streets, with reports from the scene saying that most of the houses had been damaged or destroyed in the city of 220,000 (NYTimes)." It is in times like these where there is an opportunity and urgency to spread the message of Back to Eden Film
. Here is the response we received from CRI: Thank you guys so much for the offer of the videos. They will be a great resource to the people as they begin rebuilding. I am the deployment coordinator for CRI and will be leading one of the teams over. We are planning on having three to four waves and will be in country long term. If you would like to mail the videos to me I will make sure they get over with one of our teams.
We have partnered with CRI successfully before, when we distributed Back to Eden Film
DVD's to Oklahoma City Crisis Response Unit
who is working with those affected by the tornadoes early this year and to Crisis Response International
who is teaching Back to Eden growing methods on their sustainable farm in Hawaii. We believe that the organic growing methods shared in Back to Eden Film
are a crucial resource that have the power to help reestablish communities during times of crisis.
If you would like to help us send Back to Eden DVD's to the Philippines
, please make a tax-deductible donation
today! The more donations we receive, the more DVD's we can distribute! Thank you for your generous contribution!
We invite you to share thanks with Paul this Thanksgiving!
Paul Gautschi is an extremely humble and generous man. As you know, he gives all the credit for his prolific garden toGod. Paul has gained a reputation as a "garden evangelist" to all those who have had the privilege of touring his Back to Eden home garden (a tour he offers for free every Sunday afternoon). He simply views this act as his personal "stewardship", sharing what he has learned with the world. We couldn't be more thankful for all the time and knowledge he freely shares!
As you know, Paul does not have a computer. Although he is aware of the magnitude of the film's outreach (he receives approximately 9 phone calls from around the world each day), it is rare that he gets to hear about and see photographs of YOUR gardens! Therefore, we are inviting you to share your journey "Back to Eden" with Paul. Maybe it's a photo of a 9 pound sweet potato! Maybe it's a before and after photo of your garden! We have all been blessed by Paul through Back to Eden Film and we would appreciate your help in telling him thanks in your own way!
If you would like to express your gratitude, you may email your photos, videos & stories to the filmmakers of Back to Eden, who will put the compilation onto a DVD (or print) to share with Paul this Thanksgiving.
*All entries must be in by November 20th
Submit your entry here: http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/dana--sarah-films.html
If you prefer to send mail directly to Paul, you can find his mailing address here:http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/paul-gautschi.html
Back to Eden Film is being broadcast on Capetown TV
on November 5, 2013 at 2:00PM
. We are thrilled at this opportunity for Back to Eden gardening methods to impact Africa!
It is Fall, which for Back to Eden gardeners is the perfect time to add a covering to their garden! As Paul states, "No matter where you live, if you apply a covering to your garden, God will do the rest, and you will be blessed!” Now streaming on YouTube are two short slideshows from the filmmakers of Back to Eden documenting their two Back to Eden gardens - a regular Back to Eden garden and a raised bed garden.
Are you implementing a Back to Eden garden for the first time? Watch "How to Grow a Back to Eden Organic Garden," a short slideshow and description of how to get started and what to expect after your first year growing a Back to Eden organic garden!
Do you want to implement Back to Eden gardening methods in a raised bed? Although Paul Gautschi does not used raised beds, you may have a reason that this is the best method for you. Perhaps you have gopher or vole problems. Maybe you would rather to not bend over to garden. Watch "How to Grow a Back to Eden Raised Bed Garden," a short slideshow and description of how to apply Back to Eden gardening to a raised bed garden. As you will see, the results are just as wonderful and prolific!
Already have a Back to Eden garden? Learn how and what to add to your garden, in the Fall, by watching "How to Grow a Back to Eden Raised Bed Garden."
In efforts to continue spreading the message of Back to Eden Film, the full film is available to watch for free online, streaming 24/7, through various documentary venues.
The full film will always
be available for free on www.backtoedenfilm.com
but we invite you to watch Back to Eden Film for free on the following websites
Green Unplugged Film Festival
Back to Eden Film was an official selection into the Green Unplugged Film Festival
in Summer 2013. To date, the film has been viewed by 25,000 citizens around the world! That puts Back to Eden Film currently in 2nd place
for the most viewed film in this festival! Watch & Share before the festival ends on Christmas, December 25, 2013
. The top 3 most viewed films will receive cash prizes! Help Back to Eden's outreach projects by sharing this link: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/11883/Back-to-Eden
Top Documentary Films
At Top Documentary Films
you can find 2100+ stunning, eyeopening and interesting documentaries. One of them is Back to Eden Film.
What is neat about this site is you can rate Back to Eden Film on a scale of 1 to 10 stars! http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/back-eden
Thanks to the invite from Documentary Storm
, Back to Eden Film is one of the free streaming documentaries on their website. We love the interactive aspect so viewers can rate our film as 1 to 5 stars
! Maybe, with enough good ratings, we will be on the top 100 documentaries list
! Thanks for your rating! http://documentarystorm.com/back-to-eden/
Films For Action
Films For Action
uses the power of film to raise awareness of important social, environmental, and media-related issues not covered by the mainstream news. Their goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society. Their website has cataloged over 1500 of the best films
and videos that can be watched free online. Thanks to the invite from Films For Action, we invite you to watch, share, and take action
with Back to Eden, a new addition to their catalog! http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/back_to_eden_2011/
Thanks to Organic Gardens Today,
there is a movie review in their Fall 2013 magazine!
Visit page 21
to read the full article on Back to Eden Film
! Don't forget to share it
with your friends!