Food & Farming Conference has ended
Schedule will be continuously updated: please check back for more workshops!
Back To Schedule
Friday, January 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Should Farmers be Paid as Contractors for Regrowing Healthy Topsoil?

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Feedback form is now closed.
Healthy soil provides many other benefits other than growing crops—clean water, public health, flood and drought protection, and more. A farmer who knows how to collaborate with other species to grow healthy soil is rebuilding essential infrastructure (the soil sponge) and providing services for the watershed and community around them. Can farmers be paid for that work? (Just as the highway department is paid for building and maintaining roads and bridges?)
There is a movement afoot to pay farmers for ecosystem services. Didi Pershouse—who is working with farmers and regional, national, and international policy leaders to write legislation on this—will lead the group through an exploration of the concepts of biological work, biological capital, ecosystem services, payment for those services, and various ways we might hire farmers to grow the biological capital and essential infrastructure that underlies all successful economies.

avatar for Didi Pershouse

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 →

Friday January 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Embassy B