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Bethany United Christ Church

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Randolph, VT 05060

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THE FULL SERIES

The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency

Bethany Church, Randolph, Wednesdays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A collaboration between Building A Local Economy (BALE) and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC)


Calling all land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, conservationists, town planners, educators, healers, and advocates, join us for a series of critical conversations about soil health and how we can become response-able to meet the climate emergency we face with confidence. There will be great food provided before and, following powerful panel dialogues guided by VHSC members, audience discussion on topics of food, soil, water, health, climate and hope. Together, we can explore what is possible in rehabilitating Vermont's soil health to hold our landscapes and communities together. This potent – and important – six-part series takes place on Wednesdays starting Feb. 27 at the Bethany Church in Randolph. Suggested donation $5 (donations not necessary). Each program features a social half-hour with great food provided by Black Krim Tavern, Randolph.


  • February 27 Ground to Body: Soil Health & Human Health,
    • Speakers: Didi Pershouse, Grace Gershuny, Michael Denmeade
  • March 13 Shielding Soil with Plants and Animals
    • Speakers: Tatiana Schreiber, Graham Unangst-Rufenacht, Lisa McCrory
  • March 20 Storytelling Panel
    • Speakers: Katherine Oaks, Maddie Kempner, Sha'an Mouliert, Cheryl Herrick
  • March 27 Building the Soil From the Ground Up
    • Speakers: Juan Alvez, Jessica Ruben, Cat Buxton
  • April 10 Social Mycelium: the Fiber of Community Resilience
    • Speakers: Mindy Blank, Simon Dennis, Chris Wood, Henry Harris
  • April 24 A Soil Sponge to Cool the Planet
    • Speakers: Judith Schwartz, Jan Lambert, Henry Swayze


February 27 Ground to Body: Soil Health & Human Health

Speakers: Didi Pershouse, Grace Gershuny, Michael Denmeade

The foundation for human health and public health lies in the soil beneath our feet. Soil organisms and the plants they help to fill with nutrients are the conduit to building healthy humans and to holding our landscapes together. As our soil health declines globally so does human health and the health of all our planet's ecosystems. But soil health can be regenerated, and our own health along with it.

About our speakers:

Michael Denmeade has worked in health care for over 33 years as a nationally certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS). He currently works on a physical rehabilitation unit at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. He is on the Wellness and Sustainability committees. His passion in health care is to provide patients with the highest degree of care which includes and healthy environment free of pollutants and healthy food. Hippocrates the father of modern medicine, said "do no harm", which everyone in healthcare has to adhere to known as the hippocratic oath. But he also said another but less famous thing, "our first medicine in our food". As part of the Sustainability and Wellness committee's Michael has convinced the powers to be at MAHHC to provide antibiotic free meats and get a percentage of the food from local sources when possible. Michael has practiced microbiotics, organic gardening and healthy soil management researching and knowing explicitly the link between healthy soil, food and human health.

Grace Gershuny writes and teaches about soil, compost, and organic agriculture. Her books include The Soul of Soil,The Rodale Book of Composting, and Organic Revolutionary: A Memoir of the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing, and Human Liberation. She has taught about organic and sustainable agriculture for the Institute for Social Ecology, Goddard College, Sterling College, and Green Mountain College. She got her start working with NOFA in the 1970's, and has never looked back. Grace currently works as an organic inspector and serves on the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition steering committee.

Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. She teaches participatory workshops both in person and online, helping to connect the dots between soil health, human health, water, and climate resiliency. She is the president of the Soil Carbon Coalition, the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, and a co-founder of the "Can we Rehydrate California?" Initiative. She was one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017. You can learn more about her work at www.didipershouse.com

For details on the entire series programs and speakers, visit: https://www.vermonthealthysoilscoalition.org/events



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