poster for Climate, Soil, Food, Health Workshop

The answers to the crisis of climate change, food sovereignty, health, and well-being are all rooted in SOIL. The Institute for Mindful Agriculture presents a winter workshop with soil scientist Will Brinton of Woods End Laboratories and Gidon Eshel, Research Professor, Environmental and Urban Studies at Bard College. This interactive and experiential gathering at Hawthorne Valley Farm dives into the many different yet interconnected strands of soil health including physical, biological, and spiritual. What’s soil got to do with it? Everything!

Friday, February 21 @ 7pm – Sunday, February 23 @ 1 pm

Fee: Sliding scale from $200 to $100 (contact Rachel Schneider by email for fee reduction if necessary)

Food: Fee includes Saturday dinner.

Lodging: Up to the participant.

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As part of this workshop, there will be two public talks as listed below. Please note: for those attending the workshop, there is no additional fee for these talks. For those attending the talks only, there is a $10 suggested donation for each.

Friday 2/21 7pm
Public Talk Will Brinton: The Mirror Crack’d: Climate, Soil, Food, Health
Respondent: Gidon Eshel, Research Professor, Environmental and Urban Studies at Bard College

Hawthorne Valley and the Institute for MIndful Agriculture present a public talk by Will Brinton, soil scientist and founder of Woods End Laboratories. The mirror is broken – how do we connect climate, soil, food, and health? We will explore the nature of soils through the 12 orders of soils, geology, geography, plant life, and agriculture, and consider what soil is, how we study it, and whether how we work with it as farmers, gardeners, scientists, and inhabitants of Earth. Together we will discuss how soil connects with the health of our climate, food, and selves.

Saturday 2/22 7pm
Public Talk: Gidon Eshel: AgroEcology and Feeding Ourselves: Tensions, Promises and Future Potential
Respondent: Will Brinton, soil scientist and founder Woods End Laboratories

Hawthorne Valley and the Institute for Mindful Agriculture present a public talk by Gidon Eshel, Research Professor, Environmental and Urban Studies at Bard College. Agroecology offers examples of solutions to the related crises of climate, soil, food, and health in many localities, but can it offer solutions at the global scale? Considering planetary boundaries such as erosion, topsoil loss, and land degradation, how do we scale up local, ecologically-minded agriculture? How do we think about the basic conundrum of finite land with rising population and standards of living? Taking the Northeast as a case study, could we feed ourselves while tending to the resilience of climate, soil, food and our own health?

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Date(s) - 02/21/2020 - 02/23/2020
12:00 am

Hawthorne Valley Farm