We're celebrating soil!

2015 is the International Year of Soils! What an incredibly important and inspiring topic to talk about. We invite everyone to our free event at the Johnson Creek Community Center on Saturday (417 UNION STREET, Johnson Creek) November 7, as we celebrate the International Year of Soils 2015, with two thought-provoking presenters. At 10:30, Dr. Peter Jacobs, Professor of Geography, Geology & Environmental Sciences, UW-Whitewater, will discuss the origin and history of our southern Wisconsin landscape and how this impacts our current use and management of the land.

Lunch is available at noon and there will be tables with soil samples and information about soil testing.

At 1:00, Nancy Klehm will discuss her project "The Ground Rules," a composting cooperative based in Chicago that collects organic waste and processes it into healthy, high-grade soil amendments. Nancy was recently featured in the September issue of Acres USA.

For over two decades Nancy has designed landscape, taught ecological systems and built food systems in collaboration with others. Her approach is one of instigation and activation of already existent communities, and her work demonstrates her commitment to redefining the way human populations coexist with plant and animal systems on this planet.

Nancy has worked on projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Park District, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Annenberg Foundation, Heifer Project International, The Center of Land Interpretation in Los Angeles, The Edible Schoolyard (Berkeley), LearningSite (Copenhagen), GiveLove Haiti (Port au Prince) and other private, public, and institutional clients.

There is no on-line registration. Our doors will be open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 7. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ellen Klaus at ellen.klaus@sustainjefferson.org. Please share this news with friends who would be interested. Thank you, and hope to see you there.

This year has been designated the International Year of Soils by the United Nations. And Sustain Jefferson is celebrating the profound importance of soil for human life.

We're planning an event for November 7th to focus on soil. We neglect it at our peril! Stayed tuned here or sign up for our e-mail list to get more information about this event. But in the meantime, let's all become more grounded in the science of soils:

* Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle.

* Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production.

* Soils support our planet's biodiversity.

* Soil is a non-renewable resource; its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future.

* Soils store and filter water improving our resilience to floods and drought.

Upcoming Sustain Jefferson Events


November 2015

International Year of the Soil Event will take place November 7th.   Guest speakers will cover different aspects of soil and a lunch will be served in between the speakers, thereby, giving a nice opportunity for discussion.  November's slection for the SJ book discussion group is This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein.  "Forget everything you know aqbout global warming.  The really inconvenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better."  This is about the WAR our economic model is waging against life on earth and some things that we can do.  Where: Tribeca Gallery Cafe and Books.  401 E. Main Street Watertown, WI.  When: Monday November 23 at 6:30 pm

January 2016

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