Over the Garden Fence: 'Back to Eden' teaches to mimic nature in our gardens
It’s all about the cover.
In a nutshell — or more accurately, a woodchip — that’s what Paul Gautschi says is the secret to gardening.
Mimic nature by covering the soil with leaves, woodchips and similar organic materials, and gardens all but care for themselves, says this Washington state gardener who shows us how in a new gardening documentary with a central Pennsylvania connection.
“Back to Eden” is the name of the 90-minute film that debuts Sunday in a free screening at the Heritage Assembly of God Church, 1575 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg. It’s open to the public, and show time is 6 p.m.
The film also can be seen for free online at www.backtoedenfilm.com.
Read full article here: http://blog.pennlive.com/gardening/2011/08/over_the_garden_fence_back_to.html
Internet film premieres today; documents abundance in Gardiner garden
By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
In their documentary film “Back to Eden,” Sarah Zentz and Dana Richardson tell the story of one man, one acre — and abundance.
For the past 32 years, Paul Gautschi has been growing a lush, prolific garden near Gardiner without artificial fertilizer and without irrigation, regardless of how dry a given summer was.
“Eden” is the story of how he does it. The picture makes its world premiere today at www.BacktoEdenFilm.com and is available free in high definition to anyone with an Internet connection.
For the viewer who wants his or her own DVD with added features, it’s a $15 donation.
Zentz and Richardson also hope DVD owners will plan screenings of the film in public venues.
Gautschi, who with his wife, Carol, has raised a family of seven on his five-acre property off Chicken Coop Road, regularly dazzles visitors with what’s called permaculture: the practice of growing food using all-natural materials and methods.
Gautschi, an arborist, uses wood chips — broken branches and leaves but no bark — to cover his growing grounds.
He seals in moisture and nutrients this way. He doesn’t water or use store-bought fertilizer.
Read full newspaper article here: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20110821/news/308219990
by Julian Cribb, Author of “The Coming Famine: the global food crisis and what we can do to avoid it”
In coming decades the world faces enormous challenges in feeding itself. Not only will our demand for food double – but many of the basic resources we use to produce it will become scarce, including land, water, oil and petrochemicals and fertilizers. We need to reinvent agriculture to a form that is sustainable and not reliant on things that run out. That is more in tune with natural systems. We also need a cleaner, healthier and more nutritious diet than our present one, which is costing so many lives and causing so much ill-health. Paul Gautschi is a man committed to this dream; through sensitive observation of Nature and hard, intelligent work he has developed a self-sustaining food producing system which operates on many of the principles required by this new agriculture. His bountiful garden is a place that inspires faith in our common future.
by Dr. Vard Gainor
I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the movie "Back to Eden," which returns us to, and reveals God's way of bringing forth His provision verses man's way. In essence "tending" verses "plowing and breaking." I had a particular interest in reviewing this film since I hold advanced degrees in agriculture, specializing in the chemistry of cereal grains. I also served as a senior manager in the food industry for 25 years covering areas from basic research to the "Food For Peace" Program. During this time I was always concerned about the diminishing returns and the short-sightedness of mankind's efforts. It seemed that our present-day concepts of corporate agriculture and processed food based on chemical growth regulators and herbicides, in addition to molecular modifications to basic foods, were slowly bringing mankind into bondage. Mankind's efforts were creating new problems without solutions.Viewing "Back to Eden" by ProVisions Productions was an incredible revelation of the simplicity and power of following God's path to health and abundance. The simplicity of using wood (twig and leaf) chips to cover the land to restore health instead of breaking and exposing the land was a concept I had never thought of before. I believed in mulching tilled land, but had never considered wood chips as a top-dressing for untilled land. The results speak for themselves. "Back to Eden" is a pathway where man can be restored to tending the garden instead of operating under the curse of tilling the land.
"Back to Eden" is a smooth-flowing documentary that is captivating from the first minute to the last. It moves from presenting the concept of wood chipping through answering questions most gardeners would have. It is also filled with revelation concerning God's creation that many of us do not consider due to our education and traditions. I found "Back to Eden" refreshing and fast-moving even though it has a gentle cadence throughout. This is a movie that needs to be seen by anyone who is concerned about future food availability and safety.
by Dr. Sam Soleyn
Paul’s passion for gardening and the Lord are infectious, and his knowledge, sought and received through revelation by the Holy Spirit, is invaluable. God created the earth to house physical allegories of heaven’s transcendent qualities. So, God often explains great truths of heaven through references to the plant and animal kingdom. The revelation contained in the "Back to Eden" film highlights the state of mankind’s self-reliance for provision and protection in contrast to God’s original intent that creation be self-perpetuating to house mankind for our original destiny. That this information is now being spread worldwide correlates with the return of the culture of the House of God to the earth; the original culture that existed in Eden and has been renewed through Christ. Paul’s spiritual insights represent a mystery “which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit . . .” (Eph. 3:5). From my travels, I can see how the application of these techniques may be used worldwide to facilitate God's provision for his children. This is not just a film for the Body of Christ, but a film for a generation seeking the return of the culture of the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth.