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Good soil means good food….

Promoting Soil Health for Food Production and Carbon Storage

Presentation by The Soil Will Save Us author Kristin Ohlson on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30 PM at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center 

Kristin Ohlson will discuss her book, The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet on Thursday, April 2nd, as part of the carbon-storage focused, free speaker series, “From Ridgetop to Reef”, hosted by the MidCoast Watersheds Council.  Ohlson will talk about how regenerative agriculture—an approach to farming that mimics natural processes instead of fighting them—removes CO2 from the atmosphere to build healthy, carbon-rich and fertile soil—good for the farmer and good for the climate. 

“We’re told that we have to choose between boutique farms raising a little food in a way that’s kind to the land and climate or industrial farms raising lots of food with chemical fertilizer, pesticides, and high-tech seeds,” says Ohlson, “but this is a false dichotomy. We can have lots of food, robust farm incomes, and heal landscapes and climate at the same time.”

Recent studies demonstrate the ability of several beneficial agricultural practices to increase soil carbon sequestration. For example, compost use has been shown to increase the amount of carbon stored in both grassland and cropland soils, while also increasing their water-holding capacities and plant production. Implementing some of these regenerative agriculture practices can help to ameliorate the impacts of climate change, build resilience to drought, and produce plenty of food.  

Kristin Ohlson is an independent journalist based in Portland, Oregon, who has published articles in the New York Times, Discover, Gourmet, and many other publications. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Travel Writing and Best American Science Writing. 

This presentation will begin at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 2nd in the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center’s newly-renovated Doerfler Family Theatre in Newport on 333 SE Bay Blvd.  Other talks in this free series about natural climate solutions will continue through June on the first Thursday of each month at the same time and the same place.  Please consider carpooling or using alternative transportation, as nearby Bayfront parking outside of the main PMHC lot can be harder to find during fishing and tourist seasons. Refreshments will be provided. The MidCoast Watersheds Council regular Board meeting will follow the presentation to review current restoration work, the monthly financial report, and the work of the technical and administrative committees. 

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