December 5th is World Soil Day

Celebrate World Soil Day

December 5th is World Soil Day
Healthy soil at the Ugarden in Athens

December 5th is World Soil Day, a fitting end to 2015’s International Year of Soil.

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations implemented the program, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The goal of the project was to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.  Your local UGA Cooperative Extension office probably offered a class on soil health or composting during the year.  There were several offered in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area.

Healthy Soil Resources

Want to challenge yourself on soil trivia?  Take the soil quiz from the International Year of Soils website.  Want more information on composting and healthy soil?  See UGA’s Composing and Mulching publication or visit Food Well Alliance’s healthy soil resources.

Finally, Gregor Skoberne created this YouTube video on worms making compost.  This video will make you really appreciate the process of making compost and healthy soil.


Happy Gardening!

Becky Griffin
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