soil

The Carbon-Sequestering Power of Soils

When you hear about atmospheric carbon levels, consider how the soil under our feet is so closely linked to the air above our heads.

Soils in All the Colors of the Rainbow

A rainbow of soil is under our feet; red as a barn and black as a peat. It’s yellow as lemon and white as the snow; bluish gray. So many colors below. Hidden in darkness as thick as the night; the only rainbow that can form without light. Dig you a pit, or bore you […]

The Soil is Alive!

This is the second in a series of blog posts about soil. We often think of soil as nothing more than “the dirt beneath your feet,” but soil is much more complex than that. There’s a whole other world of living creatures beneath our feet! Soils provide habitat for a rich, dynamic ecosystem for organisms ranging from […]

2015 is the International Year of Soils

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The International Year of Soils is intended to raise awareness and promote the sustainable use of soils. Soil consists of a mixture of inorganic material (sand, silt, and/or clay), decomposed organic material (humus), living organisms (bacteria, fungi, worms, […]