The film is an initiative by the Postcode lottery project ‘Under the meadow’, a three-year programme jointly run by the Centre for Soil Ecology, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), IUCN-NL and the Butterfly Foundation. The project’s aim is to draw attention to the need to restore soil life and the importance of a healthy soil.
‘The film is the fulfilment of a long-cherished wish,’ says soil expert Gerard Korthals, coordinator of the Centre for Soil Ecology. The film will be produced by EMS Films, who also made the acclaimed films The Wild City and The New Wilderness. The filmmakers will also visit the experimental farm in Lelystad.
The film is about a group of people who embark on the cultivation of a patch of ground. Some members of the group go about this in the conventional way, while others are looking for a new way of relating to the soil and soil life. There is a leading role for the worm as an indispensable soil processor. The film will premiere during the Soil Animals Days in 2022.