The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is joining government partners, NGOs, and private industry members in celebrating California’s Healthy Soils Week, which begins today and runs through December 6. CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and state dignitaries will be cutting the ribbon at the State Capitol this morning to kick off the weeklong celebration and unveil healthy soils informational panels which will be on display all week.
The celebration is meant as a way to highlight the fact that California’s soils help feed the world, conserve water, improve air quality, and fight climate change. Healthy Soils Week is timed to correspond with World Soil Day on December 5 and includes various types of events throughout the week. Tomorrow, farmers, ranchers and partner agencies will participate in a legislative briefing on the value of soil. On Wednesday CalRecycle will be delivering lemons grown in a composted grove to legislators. There will be a tour for legislative staff and partner agencies of a compost facility and farming operations using healthy soils practices on Thursday. The week will conclude with a ‘Blitz Day’ on social media for healthy soils.
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