Interview by Patrick Timpone
August 27, 2013
Click here to listen to Paul interviewed on "One Radio Network."
We invite you to participate in our "End of Summer Photo Contest" for a change to win a free Back to Eden DVD & heirloom seeds! All you have to do is upload a photo of your Back to Eden garden harvest by September 19! Make sure to title the photo "Back to Eden Garden Harvest."
We will choose the top 3 photos and re-post them on Back To Eden Film's facebook page. The photo with the most SHARES by the first day of Fall, September 22, will win a free Back to Eden DVD & heirloom seeds!
Thank you for participating! We cannot wait to see your Back to Eden garden harvest photos!
Join us in celebrating our 2 year anniversary since Back to Eden Film's release! In honor of that special day, we are offering a one day 30% OFF DVD SALE! Stock up on this revolutionary film to give away, keep, and watch over and over again!
To redeem this special, visit www.backtoedenfilm.com/store on August 21, 2013.
We wish you all the best in your Back to Eden garden!
Paul Gautschi has been a gardener for over 55 years and is known locally as a master arborist. In 1979 Paul and his family moved to the Northern Peninsula of Washington from California. As a father to 7 children, he has raised food for his family and friends – never to sell. Paul has given lively tours of his orchards and gardens to international groups from 1 to 450 who have also enjoyed the fruits of his labor. Published articles featuring Paul and his gardens include Sunset magazine, Mother Earth News, and Organic New Zealand magazine.
Back to Eden has been broadcast on Amazing Discoveries TV (USA, Australia, New Zealand) and CapeTown TV (South Africa) and was an official selection in the Awareness Festival and Green Unplugged Film Festival. To date, Back to Eden has been viewed 1.5 million times in 205 countries! Paul’s generosity, passion and enthusiastic outlook has changed the lives of people in the local region and travelers from afar.
If you would like to schedule a life-changing tour, Paul gives mouth watering, enriching and inspiring tours of his garden and orchard on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Paul has a heart to share and believes in freely giving and freely receiving due to the abundance he has received from God.
If you would like to schedule a life-changing tour of Paul's home garden, please contact Paul.
This year, the widest tornado on record in the United States, at 2.6 miles across struck Oklahoma (National Weather Service). The first large tornado hit Moore on May 20, killing at least 24 people, injuring hundreds more, and destroying two schools. At least nine people died after a series of tornadoes slammed through Oklahoma City. Less than two weeks later, another major tornado barreled through El Reno claiming 18 more lives.
In the beginning of July, we noticed a Back to Eden DVD was sold to Oklahoma City Crisis Response Unit (OKCCRU), a local non-profit that has been working with those affected by the tornadoes since the first one touched down on May 19. After hearing all of the devastating tornado stories from Oklahoma this year, our team discussed this particular DVD sale and we decided to contact OKCCRU to see if they could use more Back to Eden DVD's. Here is their response:
To date we have helped out with 90 homes, distributed to well over 1,000 families, facilitated hot meals, showers, and laundry for survivors, and sent out 4 semi loads of supplies to outlying communities also affected by the tornadoes.
Prior to the tornadoes we had a class scheduled, in which we planned to watch the Back to Eden film and discuss its principles. Whatever you would like to donate, we will see that it is distributed to those affected by the tornadoes!
Today, we are sending out a box filled with Back to Eden DVD's to OKCCRU to distribute! We are so thankful to OKCCRU that Back to Eden Film will be a part of restoring new growth to Oklahoma!
As of 2013, the Back to Eden Film Team will DONATE 100 BACK TO EDEN FILM DVD's EACH YEAR to non-profit faith-based & agricultural organizations, hunger-aid programs, schools and public libraries. If you are part of a Non-Profit Organization, please fill complete and submit the Grant Application to receive our Back to Eden DVD Grant!
If you would like to help us be able to give away even more DVD's, please make a tax-deductible donation towards our Community & Audience Outreach projects! We appreciate your support!
Back to Eden Film is an official selection to participate in the online film festival Green Unplugged. The festival efforts are driven by a socio-spiritual mission serving citizens around the globe. The audience comprises of not only global citizens - professors, students, activists, journalists, anthropologists etc., but also film-makers/producers who identify talent across borders for present or future collaborations. To date, since the launch of the first online film festival in 2008, Culture Unplugged festivals have been visited by more than 60 million people from 39,000+ cities across 231+ countries/territories.
We need your participation to help spread the word! Share the following link with your friends and family: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/11883/Back-to-Eden
The more views of our film, the further it spreads around the world! Thank you for your help!
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See ‘Back to Eden’ Film to Learn About Using Wood Chip Mulch
By Barbara Pleasant
As a big fan of wood chip mulch, I watched with great interest the popular documentary film Back to Eden, the first-ever feature-length movie on mulch. The Back to Eden film profiles the wood-chip-mulched garden of Paul Gautschi, a devout Christian who grows vegetables and fruits on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The film’s producer, evangelist Michael Barrett, wisely enlisted the help of Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz of ProVisions Productions to make the film, which can be viewed free at backtoedenfilm.com.
The result is an interesting 103-minute film that balances Gautschi’s religious interpretation of wood chip mulch with comments by soil experts, organic farmers, and the stable owner where Gautschi gets his horse manure.
Mentioning horse manure up front gives away part of the plot, but experienced organic gardeners may find Gautschi’s opening claims that his garden needs no fertilizer too off-putting to continue. A Bible whiz, Gautschi considers wood chip mulch a gift from God that is being released at the perfect time in history, no fertilizer required. Relax. Thirty minutes into the film we meet the chickens — perhaps 30 of them — and watch our hero composting their manure. Pardon the correction, but for several thousand years people have called this substance fertilizer. Ditto for the horse manure previously mentioned.
Back to Eden is worth staying with because of the astute observations made by the many people involved in Gautschi’s circle of mulch. Speaking from a mountain of wood chips, organic farmer Justin Riddle uses the phrase “passive tillage” to explain how the combination of root crops and deep wood chip mulch is opening up his compacted soil. In an area that receives less than 20 inches of rain each year, Riddle notes that wood chip mulch radically reduces the need to water many crops. Nurseryman Ji Douglas appears several times in the film, eloquently explaining how wood chip mulch increases the oxygen supply in the soil, which in turn attracts microbes and earthworms, and other fundamental aspects of wood chip mulch ecology.
The film moves on to the next logical question — How will this work in other places? — when a family from Pennsylvania starts a wood mulch garden with similar missionary zeal. Here things get gritty as we learn there is more involved in going “back to Eden” than spreading wood chips.
To read my feature-length article on using wood chip mulch in your garden, see Use Wood Chip Mulch to Build Better Garden Soil.
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/back-to-eden-film-wood-chip-mulch-zb0z1306zsto.aspx#ixzz2XYdLI5PG
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I have watched a lot of documentaries on real food, but none of them has moved me the way that Back to Eden has moved me! Why? I think it’s because of the spiritual component that was woven throughout the entire documentary. All along I have know that there is a spiritual side to this real food thing. I have just not been able to articulate it very well. This film does that!
For those of you who are not very spiritual or ‘religious’ (although I really hate using that term since I don’t feel religious in the traditional sense of the word), I don’t think you should shun this movie. Even though the theme is very heavy on sustainable farming relating to God’s creation and how that relates to scripture, it has extremely practical sustainable farming and gardening techniques.
The filmmakers who brought you Back to Eden Film are beginning to film their next documentary feature in March 2013! Goshen is a film which explores communities in diverse regions of the world that are living with remarkable health and life-sustaining provisions.
Historically, the land of Goshen was a flourishing place of peace and prosperity in Egypt, where people sought food and refuge during a devastating era of plagues, disease and famine. The film exemplifies how some rural community's living practices may provide insights into ways we may reduce famine and disease during modern times. Following several tribes to learn from their ancient practices of seed saving and storage, food pairing, preparing and partaking, Goshen reveals how to establish healthy, sustainable communities that can survive, even thrive, despite the global increases of disease and famine.
To help produce what some are calling “the perfect sequel to Back to Eden Film,” visit our website and donate today! All donations are tax deductible and help fund the production of Goshen!
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