Learning resources about soil carbon and biological work

Welcome! Thanks to seed grants from the Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Wellborn Ecology Fund, and the New Hampshire Entrepreneur's Foundation, we are creating a collection of learning resources about soil carbon, biological work, agroecology, and holistic/regenerative land management for teachers, students, writers, faith groups, and other interested people. Right now these resources include links to books, articles, groups, and media that we have found useful in our own learning processes.

Through this project, we hope to frame how soil and biological work can help create resilient communities, to encourage the design of innovative soil-restoration and soil-based climate mitigation projects, spark citizen-science participation in the Soil Carbon Challenge and the forthcoming Atlas of Biological Work, and make it easy for people to share what they are learning with others.

Please feel free to submit suggestions for this resource library. If you are interested in becoming a pilot classroom for our upcoming learning flows and lesson plans, scheduling a workshop for your school or community, helping with the the development of learning resources, or joining our soil-carbon-learning google group, please contact Didi Pershouse at didi.pershouse at gmail dot com or (802) 785-2503. We are actively seeking additional funding for this project.

BOOKS: for General Public:

***Cows Save the Planet—Judith Schwartz (intro and first chapter frame larger issues well)
***The Last Ranch—Sam Bingham (a beautifully written narrative)
Grass, Soil, and Hope—Courtney White
The Soil will Save Us—Kristin Ohlson (nice chapter at end about urban soil carbon)
The Ecology of Care—Didi Pershouse (upcoming)
The Vegetarian Myth—Lierre Keith
The Third Plate—Dan Barber
Grass Productivity--Andre Voisin
For the Love of Land, Global Case Studies of Grazing in Nature’s Image—Jim Howell
Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web--Lowenfels and Lewis
Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up—Daphne Miller

BOOKS: Theory and Practice

***Measuring Soil Carbon Change: A Flexible, Practical, Local Method, by Peter Donovan (free pdf)
***Holistic Management—Allan Savory
Carbon Farming Handbook—(Australia)
UN: Wake up before it is too late: http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/ditcted2012d3_en.pdf

BOOKS: Academic/Scientific/Research

GeoTherapy—edited by Tom Goreau
Ecosystem Services and Carbon Sequestration in the Biosphere—Rattan Lal et al.
Also by Rattan Lal:
Recarbonization of the Biosphere: Ecosystems and the Global Carbon Cycle (Google eBook)
Soil Carbon Management: Economic, Environmental and Societal Benefits (Google eBook) Carbon Sequestration in Forest Ecosystems (Google eBook)
Climate Change and Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration in Central Asia (Google eBook)
Carbon Sequestration in Urban Ecosystems (Google eBook)
Sustainable Intensification to Advance Food Security and Enhance Climate Resilience in Africa (Google eBook) (2014)




Savory Institute
Soil Biology, Chemistry, and Physics


Healthy Soils Australia
Center for Food Safety
Amazing Carbon (Christine Jones)
The Savory Institute
Africa Centre for Holistic Management
The Soil Carbon Coalition
Managing Wholes
Holistic Management International—Co-founders of Savory Institute
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate—Boston area meetups, workshops
Soil Food Web
The Carbon Underground
Marin Carbon Project
Regenerate Australia
Women Caring for the Land—Midwest project, empowering female landowners in sustainable practices
NOFA—Northeast Organic Farming Association, conferences, workshops.


Allan Savory Ted Talk http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_a...
PBS “Earth: A New Wild: Plains” February 4, 2015, full length documentary.

VIDEO AND AUDIO Restoration Projects

Regenerating the Grasslands of Patagonia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIoiC-FbN5g
Soil Carbon Cowboys http://soilcarboncoalition.org/soil-carbon-cowboys
Soil Restoration in Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsmoJsRWK0Q

VIDEO AND AUDIO: Framing and Concepts

The Nutritional Status of GMOs (Very important look at the effects of glyphosate on living systems) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiU3Ndi6itk
An exploration of interconnections on Earth http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/earth-from-space.html


Water infiltration test: http://soilcarboncoalition.org/infiltration
Soil stability test in a minute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=61&v=9_ItEhCrLoQ

VIDEO AND AUDIO: Conference Archives

Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming, Tufts University, 2014 http://bio4climate.org/conferences/conference-2014/program/
Savory Institute Conference http://www.savoryinstitute.com/events/international-conference/2014-lond...
Grazing for Change Conference Videos: http://jeffersonhub.com/grazing-for-change-speaker-videos/
Grass Fed Exchange (these cost $75 per set) http://www.grassfedexchange.com/event_promos/
NOFA-Mass Summer Conference 2014 (soil carbon track) http://www.nofamass.org/audio/year

ARTICLES: Overviews

Rodale Institute’s white paper: Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming.
Soil Carbon Sequestration in Conservation Agriculture: A Framework for Valuing Soil Carbon as a Critical Ecosystem Service http://www.fao.org/ag/ca/doc/CA_SSC_Overview.pdf

ARTICLES: Soil-carbon science in plain words

Christine Jones, interviewed by Acres Magazine
The Liquid Carbon Pathway: long-term carbon storage in soils. (see other articles at www.amazingcarbon.com)
Soil Carbon: Can it Save Agriculture’s Bacon?
Glomalin: Hiding Place for a Third of the World’s Stored Carbon USDA http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ar/archive/sep02/soil0902.htm
Lake Remediation Starts with Soil Restoration http://vtdigger.org/2014/03/06/jack-lazor-lake-remediation-starts-soil-r...

ARTICLES: Specific Land-Management Projects

Water storage in the soil and vegetation, Mexico: http://planet-tech.com/blog/las-pilas-ranch
Before and after pictures: http://planet-tech.com/blog/land-restoration-holistic-management

ARTICLES, Local Impact


ARTICLES: Politics of Soil Restoration


ARTICLES: Framing and Concepts

Judith Schwartz http://e360.yale.edu/feature/soil_as_carbon_storehouse_new_weapon_in_cli...
Putting the Cookie Back http://www.grassfedexchange.com/article/43/

ARTICLES: Profiles and Projects

“How Cows (Grass-fed only) Could Save the Planet” Time Magazine, Jan 25, 2010.

ARTICLES: Academic Research

Teague: http://www.grazingbestprac.com.au/research/grazing/AGEE3851%20Grazing%20...

ARTICLES: Compilations

Scientific articles on Holistic Management: http://savory.global/assets/docs/evidence-papers/portfolio-of-findings.pdf
Case studies, profiles, and popular articles on Holistic Management: http://savory.global/assets/docs/evidence-papers/holistic-management-ove...

ARTICLES to Wrestle with--What’s wrong with these pictures?

Thinking in parts rather than wholes: http://phys.org/news/2015-05-reveals-rivers-global-carbon.html
Pill Bugs: http://news.sciencemag.org/sifter/2015/05/pillbugs-may-help-slow-global-...
Earthworms: http://ecowatch.com/2015/05/22/earthworms-save-climate/
Geoengineering: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/opinion/joe-nocera-chemo-for-the-plane...


Map of Soil Carbon Change
Map of Global Forest Change (with many layers of information) http://www.globalforestwatch.org/
Article about Global Forest Watch http://www.wri.org/blog/2014/02/9-maps-explain-worlds-forests
Map of photosynthesis (NASA) over time
Other NASA Maps (fires, aerosols, snow cover, rainfall, etc.)
Map of Application of Glyphosate and distance to schools https://api.tiles.mapbox.com/v4/ewg.m3fa5dp2/page.html?access_token=pk.e...