Mark your calendar: The second Thursday of every month, 350 Sonoma hosts Community Conversations that bring people together to hear about a specific issue or action related to climate change: learn a little, discuss a lot, and socialize; our short organizing meeting follows. Community Conversation evenings start at 6:30 at the First United Methodist Church in the Carriage House at 1551 Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa. For more information, 350SonomaCounty@gmail.com. See you there!
Meet at 12 noon at 675 Sebastopol Rd near the Dollar Tree at Roseland Plaza in Santa Rosa. Gather near the 350 Sonoma table where we'll gather, distribute banners and signs to carry -- or bring your own!! We'll march to City Hall.
Over 3 dozen organizations in Sonoma County are working in coalition for this day of unity and action, combining the traditional local May Day march and rally with the People’s March for Jobs, Justice and Climate in Washington, DC.
Come hear Dr. David C Johnson discuss his breakthrough research on how robust microbial life in the soil improves productivity, water retention in the soil, and pulls atmospheric carbon back into the soil. Dr. Johnson is a molecular biologist at the Institute for Energy and Environment at the New Mexico State University and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture Research Center.
“Soils with higher carbon content and larger fungal populations enable us to double crop production without increasing water,” Johnson reports. “Increasing soil carbon in our desert soils by 1% can quintuple the water storage capacity of that soil. Adopting regenerative agricultural practices that enable soil microbial communities to flourish increases the efficiency at which plants can capture and store atmospheric carbon and reduces the rate at which soils respire this carbon. Field experiments on range and farmland soils demonstrate an increase of 10.7 to 25.5 tons carbon/hectare/year of soil carbon and a concomitant decrease of 39.2 to 93 tons CO2/hectare/year of atmospheric carbon dioxide. These carbon capture rates could allow the offset of all anthropogenic carbon emissions on ~22% of the arable land on this planet.”
Join 350 Sonoma, CAFF, and the Farmer's Guild for an exciting evening of learning at the beautiful SHED in Healdsburg. We appreciate the Healdsburg SHED for hosting this event, and for its generous contribution to our community in Sonoma County.
Learn cutting edge techniques to support healthy microbial life in your cropland, rangeland or garden, and contribute to restoring and protecting our biosphere. A follow-up to the May 3 presentation at the SHED in Healdsburg by Dr. David C. Johnson, a molecular biologist whose innovative research focuses on soil microbes as the primary drivers of soil regeneration and carbon sequestration.
Some of the most hopeful news on the climate front is coming from scientists, farmers and ranchers who are developing new methods to regenerate the soil, revealing how agricultural productivity and environmental health can go hand-in-hand to confront our world’s greatest threat: climate change and humanity’s growing carbon footprint. One practice now in the spotlight is the innovative use of compost and its capacity to draw CO2 out of the atmosphere and put it back in the soil all while also bolstering soil health, diverting waste and reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.