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Monitoring Change in Soil Structure, Biodiversity, and Landscape Function

Where: Thetford, VT
Time: 12:45 - 4:30 PM
Limited to 35 Participants
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Due to limited parking, we will gather at the Thetford Park and Ride to shuttle participants to the farm. The meeting time is 12:45 PM. The workshop is scheduled from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

Join the White River NRCD for a field workshop with board member Didi Pershouse and staff member Willie Gibson to learn how to conduct visual soil and biodiversity ring assessments, water infiltration, and aggregate stability tests.

Participants will learn a variety of simple and inexpensive ways to observe and monitor soil structure and function and learn its relevance for our region, including:

  • Resilience to flooding, drought, heatwaves, and wildfire
  • Improving water quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems
  • Replenishing groundwater supplies
  • Creating conditions for biodiversity
  • Increasing local food production
  • Mitigation of climate change through carbon and water cycles
  • Improving the health and immunity of humans, domestic crops and animals, and all other life.

Field methods will include: 

  • Visual Soil Assessment
  • Biodiversity ring assessment
  • Water infiltration testing
  • Aggregate stability testing
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