The Dirt on Soil - First Friday Lecture
March 2, 2012
Kicked around, overlooked, dirt has been given a bad name. However, dirt is just as important to our lives as air, water and sunshine.
We use it to grow our food, shelter us, it acts as a filter to all the toxins we use, it even helps regulate the climate.
Soil is the other "black gold." It takes tens of thousands of years to make about 6 inches of top soil.
So what do you know about dirt?
Dr. Toby O'Geen, Soil Resource Specialist from UC Davis will introduce you to our soil underfoot. He'll discuss the factors that form soils and all the varied services soils provide.
Toby will also give you some tools to get to know your soils and with a little investigation, how you can interpret what is going on beneath your feet.
Come learn how to get "dirt rich!"
Doors open at 7pm, presentation starts at 7:30pm.
Toby O'Geen, Ph.D.
is a Soil Resource Specialist in Cooperative Extension. He is also the
Chair of Soil and Biogeochemistry Graduate Group and Vice Chair of Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources
Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources
for the University of California, Davis.
His special areas of study include soil-landscape relationships, hydropedology, application of digital soil databases, soil survey; pedologic and hydrologic characterization of deep regolith; management of soil physical properties; and macro- and mesofauna in soil.
Learn More About this Topic
For your convenience, we have compiled these resources as a starting point for your research. PNC does not have any relationship with these web sites and inclusion on this list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement.
- Strategies to Diagnose and Understand Problem Soils, power point by Dr. Toby O'Geen
- SoilWeb: An Online Soil Survey
- ‘Down to Earth’ was written for the general reader who wishes to discover more about one of our most precious natural resources, soil
- Dr. Dirt - This web page contains an informative list of “soil facts”.
- Rain.org - This site explains some simple ways to analyze your soil.
- Check out Placer Nature Center's calendar for Green Gardening Workshops! 2012 workshops include composting and vermiculture to enrich your soil.