Yakama WSU: The Carbon Connection: Soil Climate Solutions

Location: Pacific Northwest University, 200 University Parkway, Yakima, WA 98901

Soil is life, and life is carbon. The carbon and organic matter in soil plays an important role in capturing greenhouse gases, protecting water resources, and feeding a growing planet. How we treat soil on farms, in cities, and in our backyards is an important part of the solution to many of the global environmental dilemmas we face.

This class will cover how to build organic matter, manage nutrients, develop natural soil communities, and promote other ecosystem benefits to grow gardens, cities, and farms that are not only more bountiful, but more climate friendly as well.

E.A. Murphy is a soil scientist and author of Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach (Cool Springs Press, 2015). Her passion for growing food led to a master’s degree from University of California, Davis, where she researched the fundamentals of soil organic matter and sustainable ways to improve it. She has worked on farms, with urban gardens, in environmental restoration, in agroecological research, and as a faculty instructor for Oregon State University Extension. With twenty years of hands-on practical experience and the latest research in soil health to back her up, she shares the simple truth that to grow more, we need to do less. She has shared the message of living soil with audiences across the country, including appearances on King 5’s New Day Northwest, WHYY’s You Bet Your Garden, and PRI’s Science Friday.

Based in Tacoma, Washington, Ea offers classes and workshops, one-on-one consultation services, and online soil and garden support and resources at her website www.dirtsecrets.com. One thing she believes: the future health of our planet depends on us all bringing soil to life, wherever we are.

This is the third of four great lectures as part of the Master Gardener Spring Symposium! 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to: http://extension.wsu.edu/yakima/event