March 17th, 7pm
The Dirt on Good Dirt
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to the Community at Large
Why is soil so important? Soil is the foundation of basic ecosystem function. Soil filters our water, provides essential nutrients to our forests and crops, and helps regulate the Earth's temperature as well as many of the important greenhouse gases.
We all know that nutrient-rich soil is important for growing veggies and healthy plants, but what’s the best way to get there? We learned about how to improve your soil without toxic chemicals for maximum output and plant hardiness. We learned about the benefits to the planet, including waterways.
Panelists discussed how to make and integrate compost and the lasagna method, a way to create soil and reduce weeds that build up healthy soil over time. This session included Ann Molloy from the Gloucester organic fertilizer company Neptune’s Harvest, who wowed us with their know-how (and product samples!) at last year’s Conservation Expo. We also heard from compost and soil testing expert James Gist from Brick Ends Farm, and Kristin Ohlson, author of the book, The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet, which looks at the movement to create an agriculture that respects nature, heals landscapes, and produces plenty of food. To view a recording of this presentation, click here. Passcode: 1Ki3Ff%b
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