EARTH UNIVERSITY RETURNS! Countryside’s F.A.T.E. (Faith and the Environment) group is pleased to offer another 6 week series through Earth University beginning May 2 and running for 6 consecutive Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM. This Spring, the six week classes will be dedicated to the SOIL. The schedule is as follows:
May 2 – How Soil Got A Dirty Name. Think about how soil has changed from the holy foundation of Genesis to an object manipulated for profit and the role language has played in this transformation. Speakers for this class are Dr. Eric Elnes, Countryside Church, Imam Jamal Daoudi, AMI and Rabbi Brian Stoller, Temple Israel.
May 9 – Dirt! The Movie. An astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glorious and underappreciated ground beneath our feet.
May 16 – The Dance Beneath our Feet. Soil genesis and the soil food web will be explained in easy to understand language. More importantly, the exquisite interaction between soil creatures, plants and weather as described by the speaker will leave you in awe. Soil degradation and mitigation will also be addressed. Our presenter will be Ashlee Dere, PhD, UNO Geology Department.
May 23 – Going Native. This is a warning! Archaeologists have long documented the link between the abuse of land and the fall of ancient societies. This historical overview will reveal how “…disruptions or dislocations may serve as trigger of societal collapse byt the state of the land loads the gun.” David Montgomery, “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations” Presenter Neil Dominy, Nebraska State Soil Scientist.
May 30 – FIELD TRIP to an organic farm.
June 6 – ging Native/Composting 101. The efficacy of planting native grasses and plats. Get down and dirty with City Sprouts and learn how to compost your food scraps and enrich your garden.