By guest contributor Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RD, LD
World Soil Day is December 5, and while it may seem daunting to think about the plight of the entire world’s soils, there are a lot of things you can do right at home to help support healthy soils—every little action helps! Here are a few ideas along with helpful resources to get you started.
- Learn more about organic, no-till farming and organic, regenerative agriculture
- Organic No-Till Farming: Advancing No-Till Agriculture: Crops, Soil, Equipment by Jeff Moyer
- “Organic Regenerative Agriculture Can Ease World Hunger and Reverse Global Warming” by Katherine Paul
- “Regenerative Farming is the Key to a Healthier Planet” by Andrea Bertoli
- “Regenerative Farming” by the Carbon Underground
- Give your garden a serving of soil nourishing compost: To make your own compost, mix leaves, garden debris, and kitchen scraps in a mound and let nature do the rest.14 To learn more about composting, see these additional, more detailed resources:
- Educate yourself and others about the importance of healthy soils in mitigating and adapting to climate change
- The Soil Story (free 5 minute documentary)
- Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production by FAO (YouTube)
- Symphony of the Soil
- Support World Soil Day on December 5, 2015! Soils – a solid ground for life. Learn more about World Soil Day, and the website also provides free promotional materials, fact sheets, infographics, and educational booklets for children ages 5-13. An educator’s guide is provided as well.
After consulting these resources, take this quiz to see how much you know about soils, and let us know in the comments how you did!
About the author: Dr. McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RD, LD is a consultant, speaker and writer with areas of expertise in community food security, public health nutrition and sustainable food systems. You can learn more about her work at www.sustainablerdn.com.