Healthy Soil Webinars
Hosted via Zoom
#1: Defining and Measuring Healthy Upland Soil
Wednesday August 12, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm MT
#2: Restoring Soil Health in Degraded Uplands
Wednesday August 26, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm MT
#3: Restoring Soil Health in Fields Affected by Sediment
Wednesday September 9, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm MT
#4: Maintaining Soil Health in Fields with Native Soil
Wednesday September 23, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm MT
The Healthy Soil Webinars will address what soil really is, what soil health looks like, and particularly how this relates to erosion, sediment accumulation, water conservation in the soil, and getting plants to grow. We will look at the relationships between the surface and soil ecology. The webinars will identify local soil conditions and how to improve them, for example in support of erosion control on degraded areas, farming in sediment areas, and farming in places without sediment. Participants will learn more about indicators of soil health below and above-ground, erosion and sedimentation features, how plants are connected through fungal networks, how the soil microbiome accumulates carbon, soil texture and soil alkalinity and to what extent the soil system stores water. Each webinar stands on its own. However, because each webinar builds on the previous one, they form a series.Presented by Jan-Willem Jansens of Ecotone Landscape Planning, with support from Embudo Valley Library & Community Center, New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Soil Health Program, and the Quivira Coalition.
If you have any questions, please contact Adrienne at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 901.603.9496.
Defining and Measuring Healthy Upland Soil
This first webinar of the series will explore the question: What is the ecology of the upland ecosystems in the Lower Embudo Watershed, and what interactions occur between the surface and soil?
Restoring Soil Health in Degraded Uplands
The second webinar will focus on erosion features and causes and erosion control techniques, specifically, around arroyos and along off-road vehicle tracks.
Restoring Soil Health in Fields Affected by Sediment
The third webinar will focus on farming problems at locations with excess sediment and management solutions to improve soil health and plant production.
Maintaining Soil Health in Fields with Native Soil
The fourth webinar will focus on farming in areas that do not receive much sediment and farming practices that would improve soil health in these conditions.