Friday, February 23rd, at the White Salmon Grange
Doors open at 6pm, Presentation begins at 7pm
If you’re a farmer, gardener, or just plain appreciate getting to eat food, February 23, is a date to save: Author and University of Washington researcher David R. Montgomery will be speaking on “Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life,” the title of his recent book.
Farming practices have contributed, unknowingly, to exhausting our soil, and losing it to rapid erosion, writes Montgomery. But, he says, we can fix it. We can bring our soil and farms back to health and fertility – and increase their profitability, too. “It boils down to a combination of three factors: Park the plow to minimize soil disturbance; grow cover crops, including legumes to get nitrogen and carbon into the soil; and grow a diversity of crops, so that you can break up the pest and pathogen carryover problem,” says Montgomery.
In the introduction to Growing A Revolution, Montgomery writes that after his popular book Dirt, about soil erosion and its impact on civilizations, he never thought he’d write a book that’s optimistic about the environment. However, that’s exactly what Growing A Revolution is: An encouragement and call to action based on numerous visits with farmers around the United States, as well as Costa Rica and Africa. Farmers use a variety of technologies, farm different crops and a variety of farm sizes, but some basic principles seem to apply everywhere to build soil fertility, writes Montgomery.
The White Salmon presentation will be held at the Mountain View Grange, 1085 Main Street, White Salmon. Doors open at 6:00pm; the presentation begins at 7:00pm.
The presentation is free. Seating is available on a first-come basis. Given the limited parking, carpooling is highly encouraged. The author will sign books at 6:15pm (and again after the presentation, time permitting). Books will be for sale that evening.
This event is sponsored by Underwood Conservation District and a number of other Columbia Gorge partners.