A weekend to share our passion, knowledge, and skills for building healthy soils. We will be all learners at the gathering. It is a DIY event and everyone will need to play a role in helping the gathering run smoothly.
We are asking people to email us in advance with offers of workshops. We expect sessions to be participatory, science and evidence-based, and practical where possible. We can support you with designing a workshop if this is new to you.
There will also be space on the programme for self-organised workshops and sessions that arise as needed and relevant over the weekend.
As well as practical workshops, there will be time set aside for discussions and strategy sessions on how to build the SoilHack Movement.
For more information and to book/ offer a workshop visit: http://www.feedavalon.org.uk/soilhack2017/
SoilHack was set up to provide a space for people to collaborate in sharing information to help us both better understand our soils and improve their health, having been inspired by the DIY spirit of the FarmHack movement. More details here: http://farmhack.org/wiki/soilhack-wiki
Over the past few years we’ve been seeing an increasing number of people sharing stories of how they’ve transformed their soils (and in some cases workloads) through applying novel methods: no-dig, cover cropping, biochar, agroforestry, etc etc. This struck us as significant, given the current horrific rates of soil depletion, and the game-changing role that soil carbon could play in regenerating the biosphere.
The challenge, especially for people who are full-time producers, is to somehow get a toehold on the growing body of soil research which helps one understand why these practices work, as well as getting a sense of how they’d be relevant in our own situation. Our response to this has been to try to create a self-organising network for sharing knowledge.
Up until now we’ve done this through collating good resources on our wiki, running a soil events email list and a Twitter account, and presenting at Farm Hack events. In truth, SoilHack has yet to develop in the direction that we’d hoped it might, which is to harness the enormous potential of peer-to-peer learning and skill-sharing. With this gathering, that’s about to change!
We’re inviting you to contribute your experience, insight, and curiosity to this effort so that we can begin to rapidly grow our collective intelligence, and in turn, all become its benefactors. This knowledge needs spreading and putting into action fast.