The Covid-19 pandemic has showed the world that everything on this earth is connected, and that farming practices can have unintended consequences which wreak havoc across the globe. The very name of our association recognizes this – if we treat the soil with respect, we create healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet. The links with climate change are right in front of our eyes.
There is no silver bullet to the problems we face, but it is vital to give people hope. It is perfectly possible to sequester excess carbon from the air into the soil, by using organic regenerative growing practices, and the Soil Health for Climate project will bring this knowledge and skill to the wider population of Aotearoa. On a large scale this could provide a major source of mitigation, increase resilience by rebuilding topsoil, support local food security and help to restore our biodiversity and the quality of our waterways. It is a win-win-win-win-win project.
The project has two parts:
1. Measure the health of the soil, including carbon levels, with groups in specific sites around Aotearoa. We will follow in the footsteps of Sustainable Coastlines’successful Litter Intelligence programme using citizen scientists to maintain accurate records.
2. Grow organic plants for food, biodiversity and to showcase how organic regenerative methods can remove excess carbon from the air into the soil where it is a vital ingredient of healthy soil. Citizen scientists will support the mahi and ensure that accurate records are kept.