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15th January 2019



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Quinta do Vale da Lama has deployed a grid of soil sensors around the farm to monitor soil moisture retention, joining with other land managers all around Europe that are taking action as a response to a changing climate.

Both projects have already installed several hundred sensors that allow soil monitoring, with November and December events in the Vale da Lama featuring local participants interested in monitoring their soils as well as starting a collective path to Regeneration of its soils and ecosystems.

According to Walt Ludwick of Quinta do Vale da Lama, at the 15th December gathering to install soil sensors, “now that we’re enjoying some more dynamic weather conditions, we’re seeing some interesting patterns emerge in the data, as we’re tracking Soil Moisture, Temperature, Light Intensity and Fertility over time at 15 minute intervals -which has become something of a BigData analysis challenge.”

World Soil Day Portugal — from life sized microbes to regenerative poetry

Participants were discover more about the GROW Observatory and how the sensors are being used to generate and share data in different sites in Portugal (Vale da Lama and Herdade da Ribeira Abaixo).

The day included practical activities for soil regeneration, such as starting a compost heap, mulching the soil with almost a ton of brown material (dry leaves) and planting different plants to build soil structure.

In the evening, a guided meditation session took participants to a forest where they could connect with Soil and Trees.

Then started a regenerative celebration with DJs, local and organic food and drinks — it even included regenerative poetry to music….see below…

On December 5, 2018, GROW joined the global celebration for World Soil Day with events on the ground in our communities, webinars, and a social media campaign to promote the message to stop soil pollution.

World Soil Day (WSD) is a global awareness raising platform held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.

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