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*A growing revolution (free lecture)

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Growing a Revolution

Featuring Dr. Dave Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington and 2008 MacArthur fellowship recipient

5:30 pm public reception | 7:00 pm lecture

In Dr. Montgomery’s latest book, Growing a Revolution, he introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a soil health revolution and makes the case for an agriculture that is profitable while also helping feed us all, cool the planet, and restore life to the land.

One of the key lessons of history is as simple as it is stark: where the soil became degraded, communities and even whole countries failed and disappeared. Visits to farmers around the world show how innovative farmers combining farming practices from the past with modern science are at the vanguard of a soil health revolution that could reverse the ancient trend and bring humanity’s ailing soil back to life remarkably fast. Combining previously popular practices of cover crops and diversified crop rotations with modern methods of no-till planting cultivates beneficial soil life and allows using less production costs, such as less diesel, fertilizers, or pesticides. These practices are good for farmers and the environment. Regenerative practices that build soil organic matter translate into farms that use less water, have less soil and nutrient loss, and build soil organic matter while using less fossil fuel to maintain crop yields, build soil health, and improve farmers’ bottom lines.


April 16
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Freshwater Society


U of M St. Paul Student Center Theater
2017 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108 United States
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