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The Soil Sponge: Introduction to Soil Health and Watershed Function

September 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Join us a live for a live, interactive online course with author Didi Pershouse (September 10, 12, 17, and 19*).

A healthy soil sponge can soak up rain, store and filter water, and provide 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 soil health practices can save farmers, municipalities, insurers, and tax payers enormous amounts of 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

SPACES ARE LIMITED, so if you are interested please sign up soon! If the course overfills you can either be first in line for the next series, or get a refund.

Didi Pershouse, author of The Ecology of Care, and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function, will lead participants through a series of four interactive online classes that demonstrate the biological processes involved in fully functional natural and human-managed landscapes. She will also teach participants to how to create the conditions in which those processes can happen naturally.

This interactive course is perfect for people interested in leading and supporting initiatives in their own regions. It serves as a grounding in land systems theory and as a prerequisite for joining our participant-driven strategy sessions with leading teachers in the soil health movement.

Didi’s teaching style is specifically geared towards creating “communities of practice,” working groups of closely-connected people with common goals. If you are committed to creating a world that works, and are ready to learn a new way of seeing landscapes, water, and people, then you are the right person to attend.

You’ll Gain:

  • The tools to make a convincing case for soil health, informed by an understanding of soil’s central role in addressing current economic, social, and environmental pressures.
  • A new perspective on the living matrix of the soil carbon sponge, and its relationship to carbon, water, and nutrient cycles.
  • A deeper understanding of the soil health principles, and why focusing on principles first (before “Best Management Practices”) will create dramatically different outcomes.
  • A community of people working towards similar goals.
  • Facilitation skills and materials to help you share this knowledge with others.


Course Outline and Schedule:

Participants will come together on Zoom Video Conferencing for four interactive online classes, 12:00 – 1:30pm EST Mondays and Wednesdays (EST–New York USA) for two weeks in September. All of the classes will be recorded and made available to course participants. (Please note that this is a discussion-based participatory course, and topics may shift or expand somewhat)

Class #1: The Soil Sponge: The Living Infrastructure that Makes Life on Land Possible
Monday September 10, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Class #2: Seeing Whole Systems Land Function
Wednesday September 12, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Class #3: Microorganisms: Unseen Workers of the World
Monday, September 17, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Class #4: The Power of the Soil Health Principles and the Trap of Best Management Practices
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

*If these dates or times don’t work for you, please complete this online form, as we will be offering a second course if this one fills up, as well as additional courses on related topics. If you have any questions, please email Didi (didi.pershouse@gmail.com) and Alex (alexandra.groome@gmail.com).

*A few spots in every course are reserved for participants who cannot otherwise afford to attend. Contact us if this is you. We are particularly interested in saving spots for emerging leaders from the Global South.


September 10, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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