Soil Health Mini-Course (October 3, 2018) FULL

How Regenerating the Soil Carbon Sponge Can Improve Resilience in Landscapes and Communities

This course will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. EST (that's Oct 4 if you are in Australia!)

In this 3.5-hour mini-course, you'll gain an invaluable introduction to systems thinking about landscapes, and learn how a healthy soil carbon sponge can increase resilience for farms, towns, and businesses. Changes in land management can address interconnected issues like flooding, drought, wildfires, human health, and regional temperature shifts--at far less cost than we currently spend on fixing those problems.

Learning how to effectively restore the function of a watershed through applying the soil health principles can save farmers, municipalities, insurers, and taxpayers money, while reducing risk, and providing many benefits such as:

  • Abundant clean water
  • Flood and drought resilience
  • Reduced erosion, dredging, and road repairs
  • Prevention of algae blooms and dead zones
  • Improved local economies
  • Increased biodiversity
  • Moderation of regional temperatures
  • Reduced conflicts over resources

In this 3.5 hour interactive class, you will gain an increased appreciation for the work of plants, animals, and soil biology in creating the living infrastructure that supports life on land, while connecting with a community of shared interests.

Your Instructor

Didi Pershouse
Didi Pershouse

Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. She is a lead author for the upcoming United Nations FAO Technical Manual on Soil Organic Carbon Management, and a contributing author to the upcoming volume: Health in the Anthropocene.

As the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, she developed a practice and theoretical framework for systems-based ecological medicine—restoring the health of people as well as the environmental and social systems around them. After 22 years of clinical work, Pershouse now travels widely in North America and Europe as a speaker and teacher. Her participatory workshops engage farmers and ranchers, policy makers, investors, and environmentalists in deep listening, systems thinking, and emergent strategies.

Both online and in-person, Pershouse is a skilled facilitator, who can bring together conservatives and liberals into effective working groups with common goals: improving soil health, public health, water security, and climate resilience through simple changes in land management.

She is the president of the non-profit Soil Carbon Coalition, Strategic Director of Regenerate Earth, and a co-founder of the "Can we Rehydrate California?" Initiative. She was one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017. You can learn more about her work at www.didipershouse.com

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