Brown SWCD, in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), is celebrating the 67th Annual Stewardship Week from April 24 – May 1, 2022.  This year’s Stewardship Week theme is “Healthy Soil, Healthy Life.” 

  • Healthy Soil: Healthy Life – Bookmark  Soil is an amazing substance. A complex mix of minerals, air, and water, soil also teems with countless micro-organisms, and the decaying remains of once-living things. Soil is made of life and soil makes life. To the farmer, soil is where crops grow. To the engineer, soil is a foundation upon which to build. To the ecologist, soil supports communities of living things. To the archaeologist, soil holds clues to past cultures.  To the city dweller, soil nurtures grass and gardens. To the soil scientist, soil is all of these things. Soil has been called “the skin of the earth” because it is the thin outermost layer of the Earth’s crust.  Like our own skin, we can’t live without soil. 


  • Healthy Soil: Healthy Life – Poster

-We rely on soils for food. In fact, 95% of food production relies on soil. 

-Healthy soils can help the environment.  Soil that’s in good shape can prevent floods and mitigate drought because they store water. 

-Soils may seem sterile but they are actually teeming with life.  A teaspoon of soil can actually contain more microorganisms than there are people on Earth. 

-Healthy soils are like a filter.  They can help to clean the water that we depend on to survive. 

-A quarter of the Earth’s specie are found in soils.  This includes critters like small mammals, worms, fungi, and bacteria. Scientists are still learning about and discovering organisms that live in soil. 

-We use natural resources from the soil. Actions like recycling can help us reuse these resources so we can protect soils. 


Brown SWCD encourages residents to visit the NACD Stewardship Week website page for more information and resources about “Healthy Soil, Healthy Life”: https://www.nacdnet.org/news-and-events/stewardship-week/

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