Speakers and Events on Farms, Forests, and Food Systems

Soil health and carbon sequestration series

 Beyond Stopping Emissions:
How Healthy Soil and Plants Can Restore Climate Balance

Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation ~ Eric Toensmeier

December 1, 2020

An overview of agriculture as a source of emissions and its potential to reduce emissions and sequester carbon. Part of a “balanced breakfast” of climate change mitigation that includes transformation of transport, industry, electricity and other sectors. Eric Toensmeier is the Director of the Perennial Agriculture Institute, Senior Fellow with Global Evergreening Alliance, former Senior Fellow with Project Drawdown, author of The Carbon Farming Solution.

Talks are free but registration is required. REGISTER

Eric will be a keynoter at the NOFA Winter Conference on “Food Security for the Common Wealth,” January 8-10, 2021. His talk to open the Smith College Spring Bulb Show (March 2020) is on youtube.

Coming in January: Ralph Baker on getting to know the soils of New England

Coming in February: Ed Stockman on how pesticides affect soils and climate

Previous Events in this series

Lawns into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape ~ Owen Wormser

September 1, 2020

In a world where lawns wreak havoc on our natural ecosystems, landscape designer Owen Wormser encourages another approach. Meadows create wildlife and pollinator habitat. They’re low maintenance and low cost. They have a built-in resilience that helps them weather climate extremes and they can sequester loads of carbon. They’re also really beautiful all year long. Owen will explain how to plant an organic meadow that’s right for your site, share advice and answer questions.

The Magic & the Mysteries of Climate, Soil, Plants & Trees  How soil and plants help create our amazing climate and how we can help them restore it ~ Kate O’Connor

October 6, 2020

Presented by Kate O’Connor, long-time homesteader, educator, musician & member of Climate Action Now. Kate has a passionate interest in getting people excited and hopeful about the potential for helping heal climate change by removing damaging atmospheric climate gasses and storing them in plants and healthy soils.

Kiss the Ground film

Kiss the Ground is a full-length documentary (narrated by Woody Harrelson) that sheds light on regenerative agriculture which has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our water supplies and feed more people.    This revolution in how we grow our food and care for the soil is the solution — right beneath our feet! — to many intractable problems threatening the very survival of civilization.

Mina Liang (AmherstINDY) reported on an October showing, “Amherst Residents See Solutions Beneath Their Feet At Outdoor Film Screenings Of ‘Kiss the Ground’” (10/16/20).