The Foundation is partnering with the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to fund regional Mobile Soils Classrooms. The Mobile Soils Classrooms will be used to teach all citizens about the benefits and the importance of soil health. Below is an example of just some of the many Soils Lab demonstration lessons.
Mobile Soils Classroom Trainings
All events are 9:30AM to 3:30PM and include lunch. Sessions are capped at 25, so don't wait to register! Trainers are George "Bud" Davis with Conservation Demonstrations and Keith Thompson of Thompson Farm in Kansas and No-Till on the Plains.
The registration link is https://goo.gl/forms/PasrsppLeFT3tm523
Conservation Partners and Funders celebrated the Mobile Soils Classroom project! Click here for the press release and here for the photos. Check out our You Tube channel for a highlight of the demonstrations.
The Foundation was awarded a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation to fund the 4th Mobile Soils Classroom and three Rainfall Simulators and associated how-to useage training for the conservation partnership. Click here to learn more about the 2016 Duke Energy grants.
The Foundation was awarded a $20,000 grant from the NC Agriculture Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund for the third Mobile Soils Classroon.
The Foundation was awarded a $30,000 grant from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission for the second Mobile Soils Classroom and associated how-to usage training for the conservation partnership.
For every $2 donated, Smithfield donated $1 up to $5,000!
The Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina pledged $5,000!
Bayer Crop Science pledged $5,000 based on a request for the Pitt Soil and Water Conservation District.
Monsanto provided seed that was auctioned off to raise funds for the initatial trailer.
If you would like to make a donation or learn more about the initiative contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org and 919.510.4599.
The Mobile Soils Classrooms are available for use, if you want to use the resource at an upcoming event contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.
More information can be found by visiting this website.