Central Rivers Farmshed

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Peru: Learning and Applications for our Farmshed
By Jeremy Solin
October 22, 6:00 pm

In July 2014, Jeremy Solin traveled to the Peruvian Highlands to learn about the re-creation of pre-Columbian soil that the Brazilians call terra preta de indio  (Indian black earth) and the locals call by its Quechua name: Yana Allpa.  Carbon dating of the oldest layers of terra preta are dated at 8,000 years ago; and these soils are still fertile today. The recreation of this pre-Colombian Amazonian technology offers a simple, appropriate and economically accessible alternative to slash and burn agriculture and with it to the very high rate of deforestation in this region as well as a high rate of greenhouse gas production.  In addition, Yana Allpa provides a way, locally, to build soil, sequester carbon, and reconnect with the land.  Part travelogue, part technical sharing, part recruitment for future learning journeys, Jeremy will share what he learned in Peru and its application in central and northern Wisconsin.  A free-will offering will be requested to support Farmshed’s Greenhouse Project.

Jeremy Solin is an educator, community sustainability organizer, gardener, father, husband, and woods-wanderer.  He loves to eat fabulous food, hang out with farmers, and get his hands dirty.  He is the co-founder of Central Rivers Farmshed.  He has worked in the environmental education field for over 10 years in programs in Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.  He currently serves as the interim director of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education at UW-Stevens Point.  He is currently working on his PhD in Sustainability Education at Prescott College with a focus what motivates people to be involved in the local food movement.  He grew up in northern Wisconsin in a family that earned their living as loggers and farmers.  He enjoys most outdoor activities, particularly hunting, fishing, bird watching, hiking, snowshoeing, chasing butterflies, and exploring with his family.  He is married to Abi and they have 3 children – Simon, Ella, and Clara.

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