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Soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it.

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  • Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”
  • Soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems
  • Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community
  • The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”

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Annie Leonard and Tom Newmark on how they came to see soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems—and as a tool to build more resilient communities.

Annie Leonard & Tom Newmark, Yes! Magazine

https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/dirt/image / Apr 22, 2019 | Wendell Berry called it “the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.” Ninety-five percent of our food is grown in it, it stores and filters our water and provides a home for the majority of life on the planet, and yet most of us rarely pay much attention to it. We dump poisonous chemicals on it, inject it with synthetic nutrients, slash it with plows, strip it of its natural diversity, and bury our trash in it.

But soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it.

Annie Leonard is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA.

Tom Newmark is the founder of Semillas Sagradas, one of the New World’s largest and most comprehensive sanctuaries for endangered plant species.

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Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community


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The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

Liz Brazile, Yes! Magazine

Apr 22, 2019 | It took more than two decades for Kevin Holtham, 49, to formulate what he reckons is the perfect soil mixture. And he’s working just as hard at giving it away.

Holtham comes from a farmer lineage in Niagara County, western New York, but his home for the past 15 years has been Charlotte, North Carolina. There, he collects compostable waste that people are happy to get rid of and uses it to cultivate his land.

Liz Brazile is a former solutions reporting intern for YES! Magazine. She now reports for Crosscut and KCTS 9 as Cascade Public Media’s Emerging Journalist Fellow.

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