Soil

Photo: Rio Muchacho Soil = the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles Events 2015 was the International Year of Soils http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/ May International Compost Awareness Week Cryptobiotic Soils – Otherwise known as “desert glue,” this …

World Soil Day

Photo: Huaje Planting, Oaxaca December 5 is World Soil Day (Día Mundial del Suelo). Hashtag: #WorldSoilDay In 2018 the theme was stopping soil pollution Key Links http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/world-soil-day/en/ http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/world-soil-day/campaign-material/en/ http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/world-soil-day/events/en/ http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/world-soil-day-award/en/ Questions Are there live videos and conversations about soil this week? What are recommended online resources, apps? What are the most popular celebrations of soil? …

Agriculture

Photo: Fidel’s farm Agriculture = the practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products Planeta.com Agritourism Food, Health, and Cultivating Communities Horticulture Permaculture Milpa Regenerative Agriculture Soil

Desert Notebook

Photo It is the rare storm that penetrates the Sonoran Desert. What litle precipitation does fall comes as a rule from December to March as gentle rains from Pacific weather disturbances, or in late July and August as violent thunderstorms. – John Alcock, Sonoran Desert Spring The humans who confronted the Pima and the Papago …