Soil Carbon Coalition Land Listener Workshop, Westfield
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Curious about how to see a landscape as a whole system? Do you want to understand and track the impact of grazing and land management on soil health, watershed function, soil carbon, and public health? Join us at Butterworks Farm - a diversified, grass-based, organic dairy farm in Westfield, VT.
These participatory daylong workshops will give you detailed theory in whole-systems landscape function, soil health principles, and the work of biology in creating the soil carbon sponge. You will also learn hands-on skills to monitor the health and function of your farm and other working lands. These include visual assessments of soil health, biological work, and water infiltration, as well as how to record repeatable geolocated observations in the open source www.atlasbiowork.com database to track changes over time and space.
Through these workshops we aim to create “communities of practice”—working groups of closely-connected people in a region, with shared skill sets, data maps, and goals of regenerating landscapes and improving watershed function--with an interest in continuing to learn together.
We will cover:
Connections between plants, soil microbiology, and carbon and water flows.
The impact of those relationships on public health, local economies, watershed function, weather, and climate resilience.
Soil health principles
Why the soil carbon sponge is the basic infrastructure that makes life on land possible
Basic hands-on skills for mapping and monitoring changes over time in soil health and watershed function
Group facilitation skills to maximize participation, connection, and learning
We'll be joined by farmers, Jack and Anne Lazor to learn about their soil health practices, and special guests Sarah Flack and Heather Darby will share research on how 100% grass fed dairy production affects animal performance and soil health.
Details on our free atlasbiowork.com open data platform and monitoring network can be found on the Soil Carbon Coalition website, here: http://soilcarboncoalition.org/pages/atlas/.
Free community learning/teaching resources on soil health and watershed function are here: http://soilcarboncoalition.org/learn.
Facilitated by Didi Pershouse and Cat Buxton of the Soil Carbon Coalition, with support from the Grazing Lands Coalition.