GSBI @ Rio+20: The Future We Want

Tomorrow GSBI Leadership Dr. Diana Wall and Dr. Kelly Ramirez will be heading down to the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. They will be meeting up with Dr. Luca Montanarella to participate in the GSBI organized side event- ‘Towards a Truly Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative’. This side event was organized by Dr. Heitor Coutinho and Dr. George Brown of Embrapa. The goals of GSBI at Rio+20 is to promote GSBI scientific activities, including a Global Soil Biodiversity Assessment, and help establish the role of GSBI alongside the Convention on Biological Diversity and other global environmental agreements.

Top 3 MBA Concepts at Work in the Bolivian Altiplano

Siembra Orgánica has now spent almost three full weeks in Bolivia and has been able to apply many of the concepts from class to the research in the field. Here are the top three:

 

I would do anything for food... but I won’t eat that.

The days are getting longer and hotter here in the desert of southern California . But we are now almost finished with this part of the trail! This week we made it to the 500 mile mark!
Recently we’ve noticed lots more desert horned lizards. They are so well camouflaged that you can’t see them until they move out of the way! One hiker picked one of them up and learned all about the lizard’s interesting way of defending itself. Learn more below! Hiking in the evenings is a good way to avoid the heat. It’s also a good time to spot coyotes. We have been lucky enough to see two of them this week! One more week in the desert to go. Wish us luck!

Mulching - May 23

Once the plants are in the ground and watered, the next step is weed prevention and evaporation reduction. Mulching offers an organic solution to both challenges. Colorado's Front Range is very dry with minnimal humidity, little rain, and high water loss due to evaporation; on a hot summer day the ground will dry up and crack.  By combining drip irrigation with a 3 - 4" layer of wood chip mulch we can cut water loss due to evaporation by as much as 50 percent! Along with reducing water loss, mulching helps minnimize weeds by covering the soil.

Planting- May 16

Before planting many letters were sent out to various heirloom and organic seed banks asking for donations. We received a wide variety of seeds from many generous contributors, THANK YOU! Seeds were then sowed in small pots and placed in our greenhouse to sprout. As the days became longer, nights warmer, and seedlings grew taller - we picked our date to transplant into the beds. We based our dates for transfer from the greenhouse to the garden on average last frost dates, which for Colorado's front range generally lands around Mother's Day.

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