This section provides links to ‘soils in stories’ – resources for education and interest – Soil Selfies, Snooping into Soils, the Otherways Soil Education activities articles, and community events.
Explore soils at any time (or for World Soil Day) with activities using the WSD poster, and theme and Soil Selfies resource collection. Many Soil Selfies have LN Posts as introductory discussions of values or issues within them, to help you look at soils in different ways. The progress of Soil Selfies and Snooping into Soils is here.
Snooping into Soils activities were developed for National Science Week
These are usually accompanied by activities using the Soil Selfies.
Soil activities using these have been held at the following events:
Canberra – PIEFA ‘Food and fibre matters’ Conference – workshop – May 2016
Hopetoun Women on Farms Gathering – workshop- March 2016
Melb Fed Square – World Soil Day weekend festivities – December 2015
Horsham Plaza Snooping into Soils holiday activities, – October 2015
Warracknabeal Mens Probus presentation, – October 2015
Warracknabeal Show Soil Selfies and activities, – October 2015
Warracknabeal Uniting Church Ladies Fellowship.- September 2015
Speed Mallee Machinery Field Days, disply and activities- August 2015
Berlin Global Soil Week – Soil Selfies display 3 days: Wimmera-Mallee, Victoria, Australia – April 2015
The Soils Education articles in Otherways magazine are:
1 Celebrating Soils – Feb 2015 pp 29-30 as pdf Otherways-143-web-Mar2015p31-32
2 Learning at Global Soil Week – May 2015 pp 26-27 as pdf Otherways 144 may 2015pp 26-27
3 Soil Tests – Aug 2015 pp 24-25 as pdf Otherways-145-web.Aug2015 pp24-25
4 Sustainability for Soils – Nov 2015 pp as pdf Sustainability for Soils in Otherways-146-webnov 2015p24-25
The Wimmera Soil Education Project is a program with activities in 4 sessions developed to bring the IYSoils to 8 Wimmera Schools and their communities and via the web, further afield. The activities raise awareness of soil, how it is valued and used, some simple tests and some key care methods for home and farm. They address the first three aims for the IYSoils.
In My paddock articles in the Wimmera Farmer of the Wimmera Mail Times newspaper:
The ‘In my paddock‘ collection was written for this publication, but it did not use the photos that I built it around. So the full versions are below:
inspiration in my paddock Jan 2015 – the first of this column, drawing on the IY’s of Family Farming 2014 and Soils 2015
transformation in my paddock March 2015- as I was preparing for the Global Soil Week Soil Selfies project (Soil- The Subject of Transformation)
consuming from my paddock June 2015 – as I was completing the Soil Selfies session with schools in the Wimmera, and preparing a couple of Family Farm Snapshots for World Envirnoment Day (Consuming with care)
in my winter paddock Sept 2015- looks back on a dry winter, lambing, Snooping into our soils National Science Week sessions in schools, and experiences with sheep farmers in Switzerland and Denmark and sharing our Sustainability and our Farmland Environments books in a workshop at the World Environmental Educators Congress.
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page updated 28 April 2016