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Virtual Field Studies Class: Building Healthy Desert Soils

Event Date:
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event Address:
Zoom Virtual Conferencing
Turn waste into resources and build healthy desert soils with this virtual class

Urban yards have the potential to produce well beyond their natural productivity without needing costly store products. By integrating the use of typical waste streams such as greywater, stormwater, plant trimmings, and more, you can bring desert soils to life. Learn how to assess soil types, profiles, and infiltration. By the conclusion of this field study, you will have the skills necessary to effectively use typical household wastes to build soil health and promote a productive urban landscape in your own yard!

Learning Objectives

  •  How to assess soil types and profile characteristics
  •  Enhance soil moisture absorption and retention
  •  Promote building a soil food web
  •  Create a plan for your landscape to use ‘wastes’ that create soil health

Course Fee

Pre-Course Homework
Maximize your class experience and come prepared. Before class, please classify your soil type at home and identify the following properties for your soil:

A) hydrologic soil group
B) typical soil profile
C) depth to restrictive layer (and what type of layer is it?)

Visit USDA NRCS Web Soil Survey: https://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/WebSoilSurvey.aspx

Catlow Shipek
Policy and Technical Director