Twenty-two-year-old Amanda Gorman recited her poem The Hill We Climb as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris looked on. This Youth Poet Laureate was the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration. The day was January 20, 2021, the Presidential Inauguration.
World Soil Day is held annually on December 5th to increase soil awareness. This day is:
- to encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals worldwide to commit to proactively improving soil health and human well-being
- to address the growing challenges in soil management and fighting soil biodiversity loss
- to keep soil alive and protect the soil biodiversity that aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems
Soil Colors of the Continental United States
There is a two-sided poster, “Soil Colors of the Continental United States.” The unique mosaic of colors communicates the variety of soil properties. Soil conditions vary, hence the need for different soil-management and conservation practices.
This publication is available in PDF format at the poster size. Click the download button to get the portrait sizes.
Reference my three blogs:
Reference my blog post “S” is for Soil. The book reviewed in that post explores the importance of soil to all life on Earth.
But there is a new take on the soil – a documentary video named Symphony of the Soil – which artfully leads us through the formation of the soil, describes what we have done to the soil, and explains how, with the help of environmentalists, the soil is leading us back to the beginning.
Do you know what soil is? It’s the living skin of the Earth. The soil is an ecosystem of living things.
Do you know why food tastes good? Because the soil is an ecosystem of living things.
Symphony of the Soil
(see it for free)
Note from the Hudson Valley Writers Center and the Teatown Lake Reservation Preserve and Education Center:
Thank you for helping to make Deborah Koons Garcia‘s talk and screening of Symphony of the Soil such a success on Thursday, September 17, 2020. She had a wonderful time and asked that we send you a link and password to share the film with all our members at no charge until the end of October! I am sending it first to all the people who reserved tickets to Thursday’s event, but it will also be available on our websites.
The link and password below will allow people to view the film for free until they change the password at the end of next month (end of October).
It’s on our YouTube also.
From my friend Kristin Kauth: Good morning. I did watch the Soil of the Symphony last night and enjoyed it, very interesting.
I read an article the other day published in the Green Industry Pros e-magazine which stated “driven by social media trends and environmental consciousness, Millennials are shaping landscape design and lawn maintenance services.” That statement, of course, piqued my interest since most people I know who are environmentally conscious are middle-aged or older (Boomers).
The article explained Millennials enjoy entertaining outside so they want a fun, yet peaceful place to do so. They also are more keenly aware of the effects of climate change and the importance of pollinators to their wellbeing. They want to grow “plants with a purpose.” So, they are interested in growing fruit trees and their own vegetables and herbs, and in planting pollinator-friendly gardens. They are also willing to pay more for organic lawn and garden products, and to have maintenance of their outdoor spaces done by others rather than do it themselves.
As I read through the article, I realized much of what they were saying was based on the 2018 National Gardening Survey sponsored by Garden Research. Although I have not read the survey results, I understand it covered a variety of different aspects of gardening. As I gleaned information from the articles I was able to find on-line regarding this survey, however, one other special piece of information to me was on how consumers get their information.
Interestingly, in the past females over 55 years of age were the biggest consumers of gardening information and via printed matter. Today, it’s the younger generation under 35 and male, and they’re getting their information on-line from websites and through social media and smart phone apps. This means natural landscaping and native plant gardening organizations such as Wild Ones will need to provide more educational offerings on-line and through apps if they are to successfully accomplish their missions.
Very pricey, the National Gardening Survey 2018 Edition is available for $1,295.
The What Gardeners Think Survey is available for $895.