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The importance of soil in our lives and for the health of the planet


Soil is where food begins, water gets filtered, carbon is stored, and so much more. However, like oil and gas, it's a finite resource. We’ll learn about the different types of soil in Maine and about its vital role in our lives and the health of the planet.

Ivan Fernandez, soil scientist; distinguished Maine professor, Climate Change Institute & School of Forest Resources, University of Maine
Sarah Simon, climate resilience specialist, Maine Farmland Trust
Tom Gordon, conservation specialist, Commissioner's Office, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
VIP Caller:
Rep. Chellie Pingree, representing Maine's 1st Congressional District; chair, of House Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment; also sits on House Agriculture Committee

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.