Why Communities Should Invest in Regenerative Agriculture and the Soil Sponge.

Didi Pershouse
Apr 2 · 14 min read
Here’s an example of the “Flour vs. Bread” demo (followed by a talk by Walter Jehne) at Paicines Ranch during our “Can We Rehydrate California?” speaking tour.
These five trays of soil are all the same type of soil, but managed differently. On the far left, where soil health principles are being followed, all the water soaks in and is filtered. On the far right, the soil is tilled, growing a monocrop with fertilizer and pesticides, and has no cover crop or plant material to protect the soil. With four inches of simulated rainfall, not a drop soaks in to the 3 inches of soil. It all runs off, taking a lot of soil with it.

Didi Pershouse

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Author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities. Founder of Land and Leadership Initiative.

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