Regenerative Soils Act – Vermont

Regenerative Soils Bill Proposed in Vermont Legislature
Measure Aims to Clean Lakes, Support Family Farms, Sequester Carbon

January 28, 2017 — THETFORD, Vermont — Soil4Climate today announced that Vermont Senate Bill S.43, “an act relating to establishing a regenerative soils program” — originated by Soil4Climate Advisory Board member and Shaftsbury, Vermont farmer Jesse McDougall — has been submitted to the Vermont Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. The proposed bill aims to encourage farming practices that improve soil health and to incentivize ecosystem restoration. It will also provide a host of additional economic and environmental benefits, including “increasing the carbon sequestration capability of Vermont soils [and] reducing the amount of sediment and waste entering the waters of the State.” The legislation was sponsored by Senator Brian Campion and co-sponsored by Senators Bray, Clarkson, Pearson, Pollina, and Sears. Read More

Soil4Climate Welcomes Ngumbi, Ohlson to Advisory Board

Distinguished Scientist, Prominent Author Join Agriculture and Climate Luminaries

October 21, 2016 — THETFORD, VT — Soil4Climate today announced the addition of two new members to its Advisory Board, Esther Ngumbi, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in Entomology and Plant Pathology at the College of Agriculture at Auburn University, and Kristin Ohlson, author of “The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet.” Ngumbi and Ohlson lend further prestige to Soil4Climate’s Advisory Board, comprised of global leaders in climate change, soil science, and environmental activism.

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Soil4Climate Releases “Brand New Sky” Music Video

Stirring Images and Lyrics Grow Movement

“Where there was once nothing to see
Now there is life all around me.”

THETFORD, VT – September 29, 2016 – Soil4Climate today announced the release of a music video of its upbeat anthem, “Brand New Sky.” Striking scenes of land — dying and healthy — interspersed with photos of farmers and ranchers healing land and sequestering carbon, add depth and clarity to the song.

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Soil4Climate & Kenya’s IMAD Establish Partnership

Kenya Chapter of Soil4Climate

Healing Land to Restore Soil, Preserve Culture, Reverse Warming

THETFORD, Vermont — August 6, 2016 — Soil4Climate is pleased to announce a partnership with Ildalalekutuk Maasai Action for Development (IMAD), a Kenyan grassroots organization. Through this partnership, the two groups agree to collaborate on research and outreach to empower the Maasai people in Kajiado Central district of Kenya to manage their land to improve soil health and capture atmospheric carbon.

IMAD is also establishing a chapter of Soil4Climate, Soil4Climate-Kenya, to connect members of the local community who wish to learn together about soil as a climate solution and to participate in this ambitious ecological restoration effort.

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Singing for Climate and Soils

Chorale Performance of Soil4Climate Anthem “Brand New Sky”

THETFORD, Vermont — August 1, 2016 — Highlighting the talents of the multigenerational Family Folk Chorale and the songwriting skills of Cambridge-based musician, Kevin O’Connor, Soil4Climate today released the video and choral arrangements for its anthem “Brand New Sky,” and is encouraging other musicians and choral directors to add the song to their repertoires.

On June 18, 2016, “Brand New Sky,” extolling soil as a climate solution, was first performed in a choral arrangement in front of a live audience at Piccadilly Farms in Winchester, New Hampshire.

“Our song ‘Brand New Sky’ brings the hopeful message about soil to the climate movement,” said Seth Itzkan, co-founder of Soil4Climate and contributor to the song. He continued, “One of the lines from the song, ‘Where there was once nothing to see, now there is life all around me,’ refers to my observation of ecological restoration in Africa. When we heal the land, we heal the climate.”

Chris Eastburn, who, as artistic director for the Family Folk Chorale, created the choral arrangement for “Brand New Sky,” commented, “It’s a song that’s poignant and meaningful right now especially in terms of building consciousness around climate change and looking for climate solutions… The song speaks of something very important. It’s nice to bring a whole host of voices to that from across the generations.”

Gwendolyn Atwood, a singer as well as a parent of a child singer in the Family Folk Chorale, observed, “I really loved the experience of … looking over at the kids and seeing them knowing that they’re part of something, and that their optimism and hopefulness is well placed… If we get ourselves in synchrony and harmony with each other and with all the microbiology in the soil, we can actually fly right through [global warming].”

Alison Houghton, another singer with the Family Folk Chorale, noted, “This song has a huge capacity for hope and … the lyrics are catchy. We can use more songs that bring hope into various places, and this song definitely does that.”
Cambridge-based musician Kevin O’Connor, principal song composer remarked, “It was a rewarding experience to express in music an important issue. I hope this song inspires people to take up the challenge.”

A video of the June 18th Family Folk Chorale performance

A video of children from the Creative Minds after school program in White River Junction, Vermont, singing the song at an Earth Day rally

A studio recording sung by Boston-area musician Leigh Meunier

An instrumental-only version

Sheet Music for Choral

Lyrics and chords-only are available

Information on the Family Folk Chorale

Information on singer, songwriter Kevin O’Connor

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“Soil and Survival” Boston Forum Videos Released

IMG_2655“Soil and Survival” Boston Forum Videos Released

Soil’s Role as Climate Solution Highlighted

THETFORD, Vermont — May 19, 2016 — Soil4Climate today announced videos of its recent first-of-a-kind forum uniting leaders in the movement to cut fossil fuel emissions with climate activists promoting the role of soil to help reverse global warming, “Soil and Survival: Soil Restoration to Help Reverse Climate Change,” are now available at

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“Soil and Survival” JP Forum

“Soil and Survival: Restoring Soil to Help Reverse Global Warming” JP Forum, April 28th, 2016. Organized and Hosted by the Jamaica Plain Forum. Cosponsored by 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future, and Climate Action Business Network. (Event invitation page is here).

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Children Perform Soil4Climate Song on Earth Day

Children with the Creative Lives afterschool program in White River Junction, Vermont, sang the Soil4Climate anthem “Brand New Sky” to commence Earth Day activities. It was wonderful.

Soil4Climate and Tufts Global Development and Environment Institute Release Earth Day Climate Policy Brief – Emphasize Soil

THETFORD, Vermont — April 22, 2016 — Soil4Climate today announced that an Earth Day climate policy brief prepared jointly with the Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has been released.

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Children to Sing Soil4Climate Song on Earth Day

This Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2016, children attending the Creative Lives afterschool program in White River Junction, Vermont, will perform the Soil4Climate theme song “Brand New Sky.” The performance will kick off Earth Day festivities scheduled to commence at 5 pm at Lyman Park.

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