'Soil Secrets' unlocked at annual Kaweah Oaks symposium
(EXETER, CA) - Another annual installment of Soil Secrets attracted students, farmers, and conservationists to Kaweah Oaks Preserve near Exeter in January.
Soil Carbon Institute founder Peter Donovan of Oregon once again anchored the event, providing guidance for students enrolled in SRT's EARTH Academy, an education program that serves high school students from school districts around California's heartland.
Funded in part by local contributors and with a major grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EARTH Academy is in its fifth year and boasts a student body of more than 60 exceptional high achievers considering careers in conservation, or those just wanting to learn more about the environmental sciences.
"This important SRT event highlights the essential role of cultivating healthy soil as a means to stabilizing the climate," said SRT Education and Volunteer Director Bud Darwin. "The students who lead this event are teaching what they have learned about soil's importance and in the process learning to engage with professional land managers, farmers and ranchers, and conservationists," Darwin added about this innovative SRT program.