Learn how to build healthy soil at Earthwise workshop

Would you like to learn more about the importance of healthy soil and what you can do to create a healthy soil environment in your garden?

The Earthwise Society is hosting a fun, hands-on, healthy soil building workshop where you will learn that soil is not just the ground we walk on.

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The workshop is set for Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m.

Most gardeners know the difference that healthy soil can make to the garden. More than that, soil impacts many things in our daily lives, from the water we drink to our agricultural systems and the food on our tables. Simply put, soil sustains life and without it, we would be unable to grow the food we need to survive.

The workshop will begin with an exploration of what soil health means with a hands-on analysis of different soil samples. Participants will determine the physical indicators of good soil health by comparing healthy soil to degraded soil, and learn how to easily distinguish the good from the bad.

Once they have learned to recognize good quality soil, participants will explore the best ways to create it, delving into the significance of high-quality compost, the importance of nutrients in the soil, and what kinds of nutrients are most easily absorbed and held by the soil.

The workshop will also examine how environmental factors can play a role in soil health, looking at how different industrial activities can result in heavy metal contamination in soil, and the impact this could have on our ecosystem.

Participants will also have the opportunity to put what they have learned to the test with several interesting case study exercises, and will hopefully walk away with some practical solutions to common soil issues and the confidence to put their new skills to use in their home gardens.

The workshop will wrap up with a question and answer session.

To register for the workshop, call 604-946-9828 or email info@earthwisesociety.bc.ca.

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