The Living Soil: Healthy Soil, Healthy Planet

Introduction to Permaculture
Summary information

Soils inhabit the dynamic edges of our planet where rock, water, air and energy interact to make life on Earth possible. Healthy soil is vital to the long-term productivity, profitability, and resilience of our working landscapes; to environmental integrity; and to plant, animal, human, and community health. In this course, we will explore how you can sustain this vital resource in your garden, on your farm and in your community. You will learn how to use practices that regenerate and sustain the life in the soil by feeding it well, protecting it from extremes of temperature, rainfall and other disturbances, and regularly evaluating its health. Proper feeding requires an understanding of how the quality and quantity of materials added to the soil – for example, plant residues, animal manures, compost and fertilizers – stimulate the soil decomposition processes responsible for enhancing soil life. A broad understanding of soil response to disturbance makes it easier to choose the best protection options for your soil. Regular observation and evaluation of the health of your soil can dramatically improve your ability to cultivate a living soil regardless of the challenges of your particular location and production system. Take this course if you want to gain a practical understanding of what it takes to cultivate soil health at home and within the context of the vast network of relationships crucial to the health of the planet.

Booking and further information
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1803 865934
The Old Postern, Dartington, Totnes,
Contact name: 
Brenda Nagy - Short Course Administrator
Dates and times
8 October 2018 to 12 October 2018
Laura Lengnick
Venue information