The Soil Sponge: Our Hope for Community and Climate Resilience

Co-sponsored by Boston Food Forest Coalition

The living "soil sponge" is the fundamental infrastructure that makes life on land possible. Understanding its function allows us to address many of our major challenges with elegant efficiency. Come find out how we can help regenerate the soil sponge to grow landscapes that
cool the climate, provide ample food and clean water for all, while creating resilience to climate events such as flooding, drought, and wildfires. You will come away with practical, affordable strategies to improve resiliency on a large scale by collaborating with natural systems (and each other!), and learn the enormous human health and economic benefits of doing this work. Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities, and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function.

#JPLocalFirst Contest: Win $500 to Spend at Jamaica Plain Businesses

Every time you visit a JP Local First member business use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst and you may win one of three prizes in the Love Your Local contest. Anyone can use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter to earn points. You can also use points by commenting, sharing, reposting, retweeting or tagging other people's #JPLocalFirst posts. The person with the most points will win $500 to spend at JP Local First member businesses. The second place finisher will get $300 and there will also be a wild card raffle for someone to win $2o0 to be spent at local businesses.