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Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 1
Erik Swartzendruber | December 17, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 1: Introduction to Soil Carbon Sequestration Improving soil and solving climate

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 2
Erik Swartzendruber | December 16, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives.   Part 2: Root exudates          In the first

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 3
Erik Swartzendruber | December 15, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 3: Making organic matter stay in the soil       

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 4
Erik Swartzendruber | December 14, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 4: Increasing organic matter levels more quickly In science class, many

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 5
Erik Swartzendruber | December 13, 2021

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 5: Limits to soil carbon sequestration There is understandable hype about

Regenerative Garden Planted in Corvallis’ Central Park
Owen Dell | December 12, 2021

“The world gives us so very much. It gives us our life. All of our neighbors — the ants, spiders, salmon, geese, sharks, seals, cottonwoods, chestnuts — are doing the real work of keeping this planet going. Isn’t it time we did our share?” –Derrick Jensen, from “Endgame: Resistance” The WVRLC is always on the

clusters of plants packed tightly in a garden with stones
Regenerative Landscaping
Teresa Matteson | December 11, 2021

Healthy soils capture and filter water, recycle nutrients from decomposing organic matter, resist wind and water erosion, and grow more vigorous plants. Use these soil-friendly management practices to increase soil carbon.

Gardening As If the World Depends On It
Teresa Matteson | December 7, 2021

Signe Danler teamed up with Emily Klammer to create this one-page, print-ready poster of six simple actions to improve your garden and the world.

a forest with trees of varying heights to demonstrateall the canopy layers that birds use
Tips to Create a Bird-Friendly Garden
Lauren Pharr | June 3, 2021

In this post, Lauren offers 6 tips on how you can design a bird-friendly garden right in your own backyard.

Two House Sparrows sitting on a rock wall. Photo: Lip Kee CC BY-SA 2.0
Help Swallows and Bluebirds Thrive
Heath Keirstead | June 3, 2021

If you have nest boxes for swallows or bluebirds, you may have house sparrows too. House Sparrows are considered by many a pest because of their aggressive nesting behavior. Learn what you can do.

The front garden bed grows buckwheat as summer cover crop and the entire garden's soil surface has a thick organic mulch. © T. Matteson
Healthy Soil: The Foundation of a Productive Garden
Teresa Matteson | March 17, 2021

As you prepare your garden beds for cultivation this year, place soil maintenance at the top of your list, because healthy soil is the foundation of a productive garden.

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