We're celebrating soil!

2015 is the International Year of Soils! What an incredibly important and inspiring topic to talk about. We invite everyone to our free event at the Johnson Creek Community Center on Saturday (417 UNION STREET, Johnson Creek) November 7, as we celebrate the International Year of Soils 2015, with two thought-provoking presenters. At 10:30, Dr. Peter Jacobs, Professor of Geography, Geology & Environmental Sciences, UW-Whitewater, will discuss the origin and history of our southern Wisconsin landscape and how this impacts our current use and management of the land.

Lunch is available at noon and there will be tables with soil samples and information about soil testing.

At 1:00, Nancy Klehm will discuss her project "The Ground Rules," a composting cooperative based in Chicago that collects organic waste and processes it into healthy, high-grade soil amendments. Nancy was recently featured in the September issue of Acres USA.

For over two decades Nancy has designed landscape, taught ecological systems and built food systems in collaboration with others. Her approach is one of instigation and activation of already existent communities, and her work demonstrates her commitment to redefining the way human populations coexist with plant and animal systems on this planet.

Nancy has worked on projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Park District, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Annenberg Foundation, Heifer Project International, The Center of Land Interpretation in Los Angeles, The Edible Schoolyard (Berkeley), LearningSite (Copenhagen), GiveLove Haiti (Port au Prince) and other private, public, and institutional clients.

There is no on-line registration. Our doors will be open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 7. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ellen Klaus at ellen.klaus@sustainjefferson.org. Please share this news with friends who would be interested. Thank you, and hope to see you there.

This year has been designated the International Year of Soils by the United Nations. And Sustain Jefferson is celebrating the profound importance of soil for human life.

We're planning an event for November 7th to focus on soil. We neglect it at our peril! Stayed tuned here or sign up for our e-mail list to get more information about this event. But in the meantime, let's all become more grounded in the science of soils:

* Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle.

* Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production.

* Soils support our planet's biodiversity.

* Soil is a non-renewable resource; its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future.

* Soils store and filter water improving our resilience to floods and drought.

Upcoming Sustain Jefferson Events

October 2015  The 2015-2016 Book Club is beginning on Monday, October 26th with a night of discussion and snacks at the Lake Mills Library.  Please join us as we examine the interweaving of politics, science, and religion.  The selected reading is Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis.  The Book Club meeting will begin at 6:30pm in a reserved meeting room within the Lake Mills Library, please feel free to join us!

This breathtaking amalgam of urgency and poetry mines the spirit and appeals to the moral core. Billed as the pope's pontifications on the environment, it is in fact a sweeping letter addressing a spectrum of global sins, not the least of which is summed up in Francis' declaration that "(t)he earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth." That a secular publisher, Melville House, chose to print in its entirety the papal document — termed by The Guardian "the most astonishing and perhaps the most ambitious papal document of the past 100 years" — bespeaks its relevance beyond the walls of the Roman Catholic Church. Where it stirs the soul, though, is in its majestically crafted sentences that wholly illuminate the understanding that nature is "a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness." Coupled with the pope's insistence that pillaging the planet exacts too costly a toll on the world's poor, this work drills home the plea that we "hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor." (Chicago Tribune)

November 2015

International Year of the Soil Event will take place November 7th.   Guest speakers will cover different aspects of soil and a lunch will be served in between the speakers, thereby, giving a nice opportunity for discussion.

January 2016

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