Citizen Science: Living Soils, Growing Food (FutureLearn)

Citizen Science: Living Soils, Growing Food (FutureLearn)
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Citizen Science: Living Soils, Growing Food (FutureLearn)
Learn about approaches to food growing that can help regenerate soil and solve environmental issues. Use regenerative growing practices in your own garden. Soil loss and degradation are serious issues all over the world. We need to find effective regenerative practices to solve many local and global environmental challenges. On this course, you’ll discover interesting things about your own soil and become part of the new GROW Citizen Observatory European-wide community.

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You’ll explore key approaches to food growing that can help improve soil degradation and regenerate soils and ecosystems.

You’ll identify regenerative practices that you could use in your own growing site, and design a robust research experiment to evaluate them.



What topics will you cover?

- Citizen Science and Fieldwork

- The GROW Observatory

- Regenerative practices for food growers - exploring the effectiveness of approaches like mulching, no dig, cover crops, creating wildlife friendly areas and more

- Designing a robust research experiment to investigate the effectiveness of regenerative practices

- Finding a three-sisters crop combination (polycultures) to improve the productivity of your plot and the health of your soil


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

- Explore key approaches to food growing that can ameliorate soil degradation and regenerate soils and ecosystems

- Identify regenerative practices that you could implement in your growing site, and learn how to evaluate them to improve your growing.

- Describe key research principles and their importance in designing robust growing experiments for your garden and your community

- Carry out key measurements to assess soils and soil nutrients

- Gain direct experience of the research process by carrying out a growing experiment



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Free Course
This course has been designed for anyone interested in the environment.

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