1. “I’ve read countless articles and books about soils, listened to a host of speakers holding forth about soils, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more inspiring or enjoyable soil life presentation than from Doug Weatherbee. Who could ever imagine that soils could be presented in a hybrid sit-com, sci-fi, who-dun-it theatrical production? Thank you, Doug, for making us all appreciate afresh the intricate, dynamic, awesome world of soil. If Doug is on the speaking roster, it’s worth going to the conference just to hear his dynamic presentation.”

    Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm

    Learn how beneficial soil microbes can provide soluble nutrients and plant disease suppression to your farm or garden.

    Go to soildoctor.org for more information and please sign up for my mailing list to hear about more videos and other information.

    Photo credit on the Protozoa side with 3 photos: Tim Wilson

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  2. In this intensive workshop, Mark Krawczyk covers the ethics and principles of permaculture design and provides a solid introduction to the permaculture design process. Permaculture is the study and practice of the ways human beings, as individuals and societies, can participate in creating ethical and ecological support systems. It is a design science that integrates a wealth of complementary disciplines including agriculture, forestry, energy production and management, economics, transportation, architecture and community development with the intention of creating permanent, truly sustainable human settlements through appropriate, protracted design.

    Co-hosted by Burlington Parks & Recreation
    645 Pine St. - Burlington Department of Public Works
    Thurs. January 21

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  3. By some measures, the Chicago and New York of tomorrow are likely to be hotter than the Atlanta of today — at least in August.

    Climate Central’s analysis of projected midcentury August temperatures for a list of 21 major American cities, under a fairly conservative warming scenario, suggests some startling changes ahead. Today, the only cities on the list where more than half the days in an average August exceed 95°F are Phoenix and Dallas; by the 2050’s, Houston, Sacramento, Tampa Bay and Orlando could join them. Today, seven cities break 90°F on at least half of the days of a typical August; by the 2050’s, they could be joined by Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis, Miami, and Philadelphia. And, by midcentury, a dozen cities could average more than one day over 100°F per August, where today only three share that dubious distinction.

    These patterns match a broad finding in climate research that what seems to be a small amount of general global warming could have a large effect on weather extremes — including extreme heat events, which are forecast to be become more frequent, more intense, and longer lasting (see US Climate Change Science Program report).

    Climate Central used established scientific methods to take results averaged from twelve major global climate models and apply them to 21 American cities. The resulting projections should be taken not as concrete predictions but rather as best guesses within a range of uncertainty. However, all twelve models used are unanimous in projecting more hot days by the middle of the century than we have today. For its projections, Climate Central used a moderate — high scenario of greenhouse gas emissions. The scenario and resulting projections of risk currently appear to be conservative, since global emissions have exceeded the scenario in recent years.

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  5. Greenhouses are a great place to not just grow vegetables

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