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Solutions Beneath our Feet: Regenerative Ag Panel

Can regenerative agriculture stop climate change? Inspired by this question, the Regenerative Agriculture Group of 350 Sonoma County and CAFF/Farmer’s Guild will bring Dr. David C. Johnson for a community talk at SHED. Dr. Johnson’s breakthrough research on microbial life in soil shows how increased soil carbon content with larger fungal populations promote plant growth and water-holding capacity while increasing macro- and micro-nutrient availability, reducing system energy requirements, and reducing land preparation and cultivation costs. This research suggests a viable path for agriculturalists to improve their productivity and crop quality while sequestering atmospheric carbon.

Come learn more about this groundbreaking and important work to reduce atmospheric C02 and join a soil revolution whose waste products are healthier food, cleaner water and more productive croplands. Admission is free and open to all, space permitting, with a $10 suggested donation to the Regenerative Agriculture Group of 350 Sonoma County.

Dr. David C. Johnson is a molecular biologist conducting research at the Institute for Energy and Environment in the NMSU College of Engineering. He is also Director of the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at NMSU currently working with local growers, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, Texas A&M, Arizona State University, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Thornburg Foundation exploring paths to improve food security in New Mexico, reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, and increase farm and rangeland productivity through the development of beneficial soil microbial communities.

Sara Tiffany, CAFF Sustainability Director, will join visiting speaker, Dr. David C. Johnson to discuss the role of microbial life in the regeneration of our soils and in lowering atmospheric carbon.

Join the discussion at SHED on May 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM and celebrate International Compost Awareness Week with us by learning how to support healthy microbial life in your cropland, rangeland or garden. $10 donation suggested.

 

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