The Natural and Cultural History of Soil: Growing a Dirt Revolution

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Ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and increasing population has stripped our soil of nutrients and left us on a vulnerable planet. What do our current agricultural practices say about us both individually and collectively? How do we understand the social needs and demands of our local agricultural economy, the natural constraints of ecology, and the political imperatives of democracy? How do we reconcile agricultural practices, community health and resiliency, and food health and security, with our insatiable consumer economy? 

Join us on Friday, November 3 at Keene State College, as author, geologist, and MacArthur Fellow Dr. David Montgomery speaks about what he calls a growing “soil revolution.” Supported by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant, the Cheshire County Conservation Commission presents Dr. Montgomery as part of its “Natural and Cultural History of Soil” project. David Montgomery is the author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations and Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back To Life, and will discuss how a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today. 

This special event will be held Friday, November 3 at 11:00 am in the Keene State College Centennial Hall at the Alumni Center. RSVP at or for more information, contact Amanda J.C. Littleton at 756-2988 or visit