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Thursday, January 23 • 11:00am - 4:00pm
A Healthy Soil Sponge: Essential for All Life on Land

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Healthy topsoil forms a living “soil sponge” that can soak up, hold, and filter rainwater, and maintain its structural integrity during water and wind events. This natural infrastructure makes life on land possible. By regenerating it, can address many of our major challenges: 
· improve the health of crops, animals, and people 
· provide resilience to flooding, drought, heatwaves, and wildfires 
· recharge water tables 
· clean up lakes and rivers 
· improve air quality 
· reduce conflicts over land and water 
· create landscapes with food and water for all 
· create habitat for diverse species 
Didi Pershouse will engage participants in deep discussions about the soil sponge's central role in the soil-plant-animal-atmosphere continuum; how all life on land participates in the creation of the soil sponge; and how we can help create the conditions for it to naturally regenerate.

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Didi Pershouse

Author, teacher, Soil Carbon Coalition
Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities as well as Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function: A Teacher's Manual. As the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, she developed a practice and theoretical framework for systems-based ecological medicine—restoring health to people as well as the environmental and social systems around them. After 22 years of clinical work with patients, Pershouse now travels widely: writing, teaching, and... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:00am - 4:00pm CST
Frontier Room