Living Soil Workshop

Saturday, June 25

1 – 6 pm

$50 investment includes cost of take-home materials.  Scholarships for Greater Buckeye residents are available through PORCH.  If you are Greater Buckeye resident interested in a scholarship for this workshop, please, contact Diana at (267) 423-0340 or

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For any homestead, the nature of its soil is one of the most important factors in determining its health and productivity. Healthy soil is far from an inert substance – in fact it is teaming with life. In much the same way that recent insights have shown how microbes that live in and on the human body are important to our health; a whole new field is opening in our understanding of how important soil microbes are to plant fertility. It has even been suggested that living soil can be thought of an organ akin to a stomach for plants.

How do we create the conditions for soil life to flourish? There are no silver bullets or a one-size-fits-all approach to cultivating healthy living soils. In this workshop we will use the principals of permaculture to outline a holistic approach to soil fertility that can be adapted for the soil conditions of any farm or garden. Participants will engage in a qualitative assessment of soil on site, including its physical and, through the use of a microscope, its biologic components. Other more quantitative assessments, such as soil tests, will also be discussed.

This workshop will also cover how strategies for building soil fit into a comprehensive permaculture design. A wide ranging discussion will follow that will outline a number of techniques for cultivating living soils, including: various methods of composting, cover cropping, no-till management, soil re-mineralization, biochar and more. Lastly participants will enact one of these techniques, by building a thermophilic or hot composting pile on site.


About the Instructor….


Jonathan Hull  is a permaculture educator, designer and consultant. After receiving his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2006, he co-founded Green Triangle, a Cleveland area network of permaculture educators and designers.  Jonathan is also a Certified Permaculture Teacher (with Peter Bane, Sandy Cruz and Penny Krebiehl, November 2015) Jonathan has taught a diverse range of workshops on topics such as soil restoration, bio-char stove construction, site mapping and home weatherization. He currently lives in Salem, OH where on and off over the past ten years he has been implementing a permaculture design for an urban homestead.


This workshop is made possible with generous support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, in partnership with Possibilitarian Regenerative Community Homestead (PORCH).

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