2-day Land Listeners Soil Monitoring workshop, w Didi Pershouse and Cat Buxton
Ended October 11
Cat Buxton

Land Listener Deep Dive

October 10 and 11 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Over the past 10 years White River Junction and surrounding towns have been dealing with recurring issues related to flooding, erosion and stormwater runoff. Growing the soil carbon sponge can be an effective way of creating a more resilient landscape in order to deal with effects of extreme weather. This workshop is appropriate for home owners, land managers, planners, policy makers, farmers and anyone else interested in helping our communities become more resilient.

Based on the huge popularity of our Land Listeners one-day workshop series this summer (a joint effort between the National Grazing Lands Coalition and the Soil Carbon Coalition), Cat Buxton and Didi Pershouse will be teaching this two-day deep dive workshop. This will be a chance to learn, practice, and/or deepen your monitoring skills, try using the free atlasbiowork.com open data platform, and connect with our growing community of people leading soil health initiatives in their communities. The class will be held from 9:30 am to 4 pm on Wednesday and Thursday in the fantastic permaculture gardens at the Center for Transformational Practice in White River Junction, Vermont.
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Price: In order to make the class accessible for those who need financial assistance, there is a sliding scale fee for this class of $100-$300.

Curious about how to see a landscape as a whole system? Do you want to understand and track the impact land management has on soil health, watershed function, and public health?
This two-day participatory deep dive 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 yards, parks, farms and other landscapes. These include 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
Class will meet from 9:30 am to 4 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early.
Cost for 2 day workshop: sliding scale $100 - $300 per person. Bring your own lunch and water bottle. There is a kitchen on site with dishes, and a stove for heating meals. Please dress appropriately for field work: proper shoes, sun or rain protection and tick prevention.
You can save us hefty online fees by emailing catduffybuxton@gmail.com to let us know you are coming, and then mailing a check to:

Cat Buxton
135 Star Mountain Rd
Sharon VT 05065
Make the check out to either Cat Buxton or Didi Pershouse
Questions? contact Cat Buxton at CatDuffyBuxton@gmail.com.

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. After 22 years of clinical work with patients in the Upper Valley, she now travels and teaches, helping to connect the dots between soil health, human health, and climate resiliency. She is the board chair/president of the Soil Carbon Coalition, a co-founder of the "Can we Rehydrate California?" Initiative and is on the board of the Ompompanoosuc Community Trust. 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

Cat Buxton is a community organizer, compost consultant and soil health educator. She runs Grow More, Waste Less in Sharon, VT and is founding director of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. She serves on the Board of Directors for Rural Vermont, the Soil Carbon Coalition, and Upper Valley Food Co-op. To learn more about her work visit www.growmorewasteless.com.

Details on the Soil Carbon Coalition's free atlasbiowork.com open data platform and monitoring network can be found here: http://soilcarboncoalition.org/pages/atlas/.

Free community learning/teaching resources on soil health and watershed function are here: http://soilcarboncoalition.org/learn.


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