Part One of The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency
“Ground to Body: Soil Health & Human Health”
Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6:30-8:30 PM; Bethany Church, Randolph
with Presenters: 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.
Each of the six programs for this series opens with a social half-hour with great light food fare from Black Krim Tavern (Randolph). All programs are designed for an equal amount of time for panelist and active audience participation. A suggested donation of $5 is welcome but not required.
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.
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. Michael is on the Wellness and Sustainability committees. His passion in health care is to provide patients with the highest degree of care that 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.