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EVENT: Join the Carbon Challenge!
February 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Whether you grow corn on hundreds of acres or a patch of zinnias by the back step, you have the power to grow your communities resiliency in the face of climate change and to take action to build healthier soil, plants, animals, and a healthier global atmosphere.
On Saturday, February 21, two veterans on building soil carbon will be presenting on their work, sharing ways for you to get involved, and joining attendees for a conversation over lunch.
Peter Donovan is a board member of the Soil Carbon Coalition, whose primary project is the Soil Carbon Challenge. He has run sheep and cattle, in addition to other work in the natural resources field. His current work sends him to various plots of land in the US, Canada, and Mexico, where he collaborates with land managers racing to see how fast they can turn atmospheric carbon into water-holding, fertility-enhancing soil organic matter.
Jodi DeJong-Huges has been a Regional Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension since 1996. Her presentation will be on Agriculture and the Carbon-Cycle, giving us a better understanding of how local agriculture fits into carbon sequestration and what practices you may see on the landscape that are helping sequester carbon.
The presenters will also explain how you can get involved in the movement to sequester carbon by building soil organic matter – the stuff that can turn ho-hum dirt into black-gold soil – covering both practical advice and ways to connect to others doing the same thing on their land. The Soil Carbon Challenge is one way, but there are also local networks of land managers that are supporting one another as they try new practices.
It is free and open to the open to the public by you are expected to RSVP so that we have enough food for everyone. A freewill donation will be collected to help cover the cost of the meal.