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Soil Health Principles

Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Justice

Organizations and Economy

Take Action to Build The Soil Sponge

Grazing as a Vermont Climate Solution



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Keywords: change in human behavior, sustainability extreme simplicity


Keywords: soil4climate, beef, carbon footprint, growing in dry places, building soil, drought, flood







Keywords: reinventing pathways to action, 4 Questions







Keywords: behavior change, From What is to What If, play, imaginary, future, local, community







Keywords: Bionutrient Association, measuring nutrient density







Keywords: water, land, climate, critical connection







Keywords: organic, regenerative, agriculture, Vermont







Keywords: Thetford Elementary School teaching, parallels between human community and soil microbial communities, soil carbon sponge

Keywords: biochar, research, Cornell, soil remediation, runoff, pH, getting started in your garden, biochar international







Keywords: soil, water, climate, sponge, flood, drought, costs, Vermont







Keywords: water, cloud nucleation, plant cover, soil, Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions


Sierra Club Community Conversation with the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition on July 22, 2020

Grace Gershuny - Feb 2018GreenZine
00:00 / 24:29
Jan Lambert - Mar 2018GreenZine
00:00 / 23:37
Jeff Goebel - Apr 2020GreenZine
00:00 / 30:03
Karl Thidemann - Jan 2020GreenZine
00:00 / 30:34
Peter Bane - Dec 2016GreenZine
00:00 / 25:33
Rob Hopkins - Apr 2020GreenZine
00:00 / 33:33
Johannes Lehmann - 2016GreenZine
00:00 / 30:41
Walter Jehne and Didi Perhouse - 2016GreenZine
00:00 / 49:48
Dan Kittredge - Oct 2018GreenZine
00:00 / 17:02
Jack Kittredge - 2020GreenZine
00:00 / 37:41
Cat Buxton - Feb 2018GreenZine
00:00 / 44:13
Cat Buxton's Soil and Soul Health Principles
Didi Pershouse's Soil Health Principles 


Soil Carbon Coalition monitoring materials can be found in their most recent form as free downloads on the Soil Carbon Coalition website


Guide from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 583 pages. Download the full guide.



A short list of people to learn from. There are many more! (Alphabetical order)

Ray Archuletta
• Soil Health Principles (24 minutes video
• “Soil Mindset" (3 minutes video

Anne Biklé
• Microbial Roots of Life and Health

Gabe Brown
• On Increasing Soil Organic Matter and Water Infiltration (2 minute video)
• Keys To Building a Healthy Soil (1 hour video) 

Peter Donovan
Co-founder of the Soil Carbon Coalition. Peter creates very useful maps among other things! His Butterworks Farm Land Listeners blog post includes a link to the Atlas of Biological Work showing water infiltration data collected at Butterworks Farm in Sept 2018 and a link to the first draft of a map showing 4-year averaging of length of green season in the Champlain Valley basin.

Elaine Ingham
• Soil Food Web Compost and Compost Tea (38 minutes)
• Secrets to Soil Fertility Exposed (24 minutes)
• Importance of Holistically Managed Grazing Livestock (9 minutes)

Walter Jehne

An Australian soil microbiologist with decades of experience teaching and advising governments, farmers, students and communities. Walter is the director of Healthy Soils Australia, and is also part of NGOs including Global Cooling Earth and Regenerate Earth.

• Interview with Walter Jehne on Julien Delorenzo's Tangled Podcast March, 2019 
Restoring Water Cycles by Restoring the Soil Carbon Sponge (seminar in Fairlee VT, 2016)
• Part 1 Restoring Water Cycles to Naturally Cool Climates and Reverse Global Warming (2 hrs, 15 minutes)
• Part 2 Regenerating the Soil Carbon Sponge (2 hrs 15 minutes)

• Regenerate Earth The practical drawdown of 20 billion tonnes of carbon back into soils annually, to rehydrate bio-systems and safely cool climates. By Walter Jehne, soil microbiologist, Healthy Soils Australia.

David Johnson
Managing Soils for Soil Carbon Sequestration: Engineering Microbiology. More detailed slides are here.

Compost & The Promise of Microbes Scientist David C. Johnson Explores Microbial Communities, Carbon Sequestration and Compost. Ecofarming Daily. Acres USA. 2018.

Q&A between David Johnson and Henry Swayze - May 2021

Christine Jones
Australia: Building soil and capturing carbon (Five, 6-10 minutes videos).

Quorum Sensing in the Soil Microbiome​ [45 minutes]

SOS: Save Our Soils Acres USA interview with Dr, Christine Jones. 2015.

John Kempf

Well-known for his work as founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, one of the leading biological agronomy companies in North America, John also hosts a very successful podcast, offers webinars, and has recently launched a blog – all of which can be found at

John Liu

Acting as a Species on a Planetary Scale | 2019 Soil & Nutrition Conference [1 hr 45 minutes]

David Montgomery
The Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life & Health. (1 hour 20 min)

Didi Pershouse
• The Ecology of Care: Shifting from a Sterile to a Fertile Paradigm. (24 minutes)
• Didi is author of the book, "The Ecology of Care" and "Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function: A Teacher's Manual". She offers online courses and great resources on her website.

Investing From the Ground Up by Didi Pershouse. Clean Yield Assets. 2018.

Allan Savory
Hope for Reversing Desertification and Climate Change - What You Can Do at Stonewall Farm, Keene NH, September 2018.

Colon Seis
Pasture Cropping - Profitable Regenerative Agriculture.

Judith Schwartz
Author of several articles and books including "Cows Save the Planet" and "Water in Plain Site".




Bionutrient Food Association 

Bionutrient Food Association is establishing itself at a key nexus point in the food movement, organizing around quality in the food supply. Dan Kittredge, Founder and Executive Director. Hosts of the annual Soil & Nutrition Conference in Southbridge, Massachusetts

Soil Carbon Coalition
• The Atlasbiowork open source database shows evidence based landscape changes over time.
• Maps showing crop insurance indemnity payments in the US can be found here.. (Check out this map showing the places that have received payments for both flooding and drought on the same land in the same year (2014).
• Maps showing longevity of green season can be found here.
• Download a free teaching manual by Didi Pershouse, Understanding Landscape and Watershed Function.

Soil 4 Climate

The Agriculture of Hope: Climate Farmers of North Americaby Seth Itzkan, Karl Thidemann, and Steve Keleti. Permaculture Magazine. 2017.

Vermont State: GSI Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Voices of Water for Climate
Research paper: Water for the Recovery of the Climate: A New Water Paradigm

A Global Action Plan of Climate Recovery by Jan Lambert and Michal Kravcik. Terra Nova Voice. 2015.

Biodiversity For A Livable Climate

Indigenous New Hampshire

Healthy Soils Fact Sheet from MA for S.2404 - Healthy Soils Bill


Read this policy brief by Veris Wealth Partners about Regenerative Agriculture, Forestry and Climate Solutions

Bob the Green Guy


Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC)
Join the VHSC Facebook group to follow the latest happenings in soil health.

Soil Carbon Coalition
’Like’ and follow Soil Carbon Coalition’s Facebook page.

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