Workshop and Foray: Dirt Matters

How do we maintain or restore the diverse functions and processes in soil that foster soil resilience and provide a buffer against climate-change induced changes? In this highly interactive and sensory workshop, natural historian and environmental photographer Dr. Alison Pouliot, provide an overview of the vital significance of fungi in soils.

Mushrooms cropping up between two pieces of wood.

Photography: Dr. Alison Pouliot

Registrate to join the workshop here.

About the workshop:

We now know there is a greater biomass of living organisms within than above the soil. Modern industrial agriculture with its intensive use of chemicals, fertilisers and mechanical disturbance has largely eliminated these organisms. However, innovative and regenerative farmers are turning things around through 'ecological intensification' – that is, by fostering the organisms within soils with the aim to reduce fertiliser, irrigation and tilling practices. Central to these approaches is understanding how symbioses between plants, fungi and other organisms function.

Mushrooms on the floor of the forest
Photography: Dr. Alison Pouliot

How do we maintain or restore the diverse functions and processes in soil that foster soil resilience and provide a buffer against climate-change induced changes? In particular, how do we retain and rebuild the fungal ecologies that provide the frameworks, foundations and interconnectivities vital to functioning ecosystems?

This highly interactive and sensory workshop provide an overview of the vital significance of fungi in soils and the important roles they play in providing soil architecture, retaining water, increasing nutrient availability and maximising ecosystem resilience.

The workshop begins indoors around a specimen table becoming familiar with the wonders of the fungal kingdom. We then head to the forest to explore the role of fungus-plant-soil interactions especially in regard to soil restoration and remediation.

If you want to prepare a bit for the workshop, you can watch a short six-part video series here called "The Forgotten Kingdom" (each video is only 4 or 5 minutes in length). 

This workshop is the first of two event organised by the Anthropogenic Soils collaboratory and Alison Pouliot. The second event, Walkshop - Unruly Renegades, will take place on Wednesday, 19 October, from 4-6pm. We will meet directly at Sognsvann, near the kiosk.

About the presenter:

Portrait of Alison PouliotDr. Alison Pouliot is an ecologist, author and professional environmental photographer with a focus on fungi. Her work spans both northern and southern hemispheres ensuring two autumns and a double dose of fungi each year. Alison is actively involved in teaching, research and conservation, and has conducted over 700 fungus forays and workshops in a dozen countries over the last two decades. Alison is author of The Allure of Fungi, co-author of Wild Mushrooming, and her new book on fungi, Underground Lovers, will be published in March 2023. 

Fungi and Photography: 

Some of Dr. Alison Pouliot's photography.

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Tags: Environmental humanities, Ecology, Soil, Anthropocene
Published Sep. 28, 2022 2:34 PM - Last modified Oct. 13, 2022 3:50 PM