Soil Health and Conservation

Soil is a living and life-giving natural resource of enormous complexity. As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of great importance. We teach and demonstrate different techniques for creating and maintaining healthy organic soils like thermal composting, making aerated compost teas, vermicomposting with worms, sheet mulching for establishing new garden beds, cover cropping, and more. We’ve learned that you have to feed the soil in order to feed the plants in order to feed yourself; thus, the health of all living systems is connected.


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Curriculum Outline:

  • Principle: feed the soil in order to feed the plants in order to feed ourselves!

  • Soil biology 101: what are the characteristics of healthy soil?

  • What does healthy soil look, feel, and smell like?

  • Soil testing and balancing minerals in soil

  • Soil Health Management Systems and Principles

  • Soil Cover: living groundcover, mulches, cover crops

  • Composting Systems:

    • Thermal composting: actively turned versus static aerated

    • Vermicomposting with worms

    • Making aerated compost teas

    • Sheet composting (‘lasagna gardens, sheet mulches”) for establishing new garden beds

  • Fermentations, Biodynamic preparations, and homemade fertilizers and Inoculants



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