Sarah Carlson on Conserving Soil and Revitalize Rural America in DeKalb
Several organizations have come together to bring Sarah Carlson, a 1990s graduate of Indian Creek High School, back to DeKalb County. The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture recently presented Sarah with an innovation and Agriculture Leader award. Sarah will speak at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau on Wednesday August 15th at 7:00pm.
Carlson, strategic initiatives director with Practical Farmers of Iowa, was one of four people honored for her innovation in increasing the use of cover crops and for her work in uniting farmers to revitalize rural America.
Sarah Carlson is a woman agronomist which is not common in what has been a male dominated field. Although Carlson says. “There is an increase in woman agronomists. To me, that’s the biggest deal.”
The evening will begin with a shortened viewing of the documentary Symphony of the Soil. This award winning documentary is an artistic exploration of the miracles of soil. Filmed on four continents, featuring scientists and working farmers is an intriguing presentation that highlights the possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.
“This evening is for everyone who either cares about the environment, farming, local food, conservation of soil and water, learning about the connection between healthy soil and our own health, or just want to learn about what is on the leading edge of healthy farm practices.” Said Dean Johnson, Resource Conservationist of the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District. “This event is for the community. We want to encourage everyone to attend this free and interesting event.”
There will be refreshments following the talk. This event is open to all and is free.
Cosponsors for the event include: DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District, DeKalb County Community Gardens, DeKalb Area Agriculture Heritage Association, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and the Regional Office of Education.
For more information contact Dan Kenney at 815-793-0950, or the DeKalb County SWCD at 815-756-3234 ext. 9488.