Get the Dirt on Soil – February 25th – March 18th

Get the Dirt on Soil – February 25th – March 18th

Matera soil

Our Conservation Course this year will meet Monday evenings from 6pm-8pm at the TwispWorks “YourSpace” building and will cover the basics of soil chemistry, biology, and carbon cycling. In addition to enjoying instruction from professors of agronomy and soil science at WSU and Wenatchee Valley College, we’ll also hear from local farming and gardening gurus Tess Hoke, Brad Halm, Stina Booth, and Cloudbird Bonin!

We’ll be introduced to the basics of soil chemistry and soil biology, and we’ll take a closer look at the role and the cycle of carbon in the soil. We’ll also explore common practices for improving soil health, and come away with some hands-on lessons to take to the field or the garden in the spring!

Below is a quick look at each class:

  • February 25th: Basics of Soil Chemistry, with Dr. Jeff Bullock, Ph.D of Agricultural Sciences, Wenatchee Valley College
  • March 4th: Basics of Soil Biology, with Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Ph.D of Soil Science, WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • March 11th: Carbon Cycling in the Soil, with Dr. Haiying Tao, Ph.D of Crop and Soil Sciences and director of WSU’s Soil Fertility Lab.
  • March 18th: Applied Practices for Improving Soil Health, with local garden gurus including: Tess Hoke, creator of YardFood, and Brad Halm, author of High-Yield Vegetable Gardening: Grow More of What you want in the Space You Have.

The seminar series will meet from 6-8 pm on Monday evenings, location Your Space @ Twispworks. The price for the course is $95, or $30 per class. To register or for more information, email Daniel or call (509) 996-2870. Photo at right by Stephen Matera.

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