Holey Moley – Moles are important! By Ana Candelli Plant roots, bugs, and ground burrowing animals call soil their home. One particular ground burrowing animal is a soil guardian. Moles are known for creating tunnel systems underground and for being garden pests. Even though they are pests, they play a key part in maintaining soil…

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D.I.Y. Compost By Ana Candelli Soil is the foundation of our earth. Our foundation is slowly weakening and not able to support us. So what can we do to strengthen our soils? Simply put you can create a composting system, which is using decayed organic matter as plant fertilizer. Here are some steps to create…

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What Does Climate Change Mean in 2020? By Danielle Whitcomb Climate change is an omnipresent issue that continues to evolve through time. Since the 1800s, the Earth’s overall temperature has risen by 1.5 degrees Celsius. While this may seem like a menial amount, there are detrimental consequences to this change. The past few decades have…

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How Do You Keep It Healthy? By Kurt McAuliffe A major part of soil science that really draws me in is the ways to actually keep the soil healthy. It can’t necessarily just stay healthy because you put something in it once, or just something simple. It does require a little more effort, and some…

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What Does This Soil Actually Look Like Underground? By Kyle McAuliffe Well, to start, there are many ways of observing all of what’s beneath our feet. We can look at it from a vertical perspective, and see each layer of it as it goes further underground, or we can analyze more of what’s on top.…

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4 Ways This Internship Builds Personal Skills By Kyle McAuliffe While this internship is mostly about researching soil and soaking up all the information about it, there are plenty of skills you will acquire throughout it. While a chunk of it is doing some reading, watching cool videos, or going out and doing small projects,…

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Personal Reflection: Ana Being apart of the Groundbreakers Team was truly a ground-breaking experience. I have been able to learn some new ideas and philosophy that I can use while I am in school, at work, or in the future, such as sustainability. I have had the lucky chance of meeting individuals who have worked…

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Careers in Conservation and Soil Science: Amanda Freund Interview with Amanda Freund by Ana Candelli What’s the correlation between dairy farms and soil? 100% because we rely on the crop land and the soils we have to be able to provide us with a good yield on our crops each year to be able to…

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Careers in Conservation and Soil Science: Wayne Roper Interview with Wayne Roper by Kurt McAuliffe Wayne Roper is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Connecticut, who has established himself in the field of soil science, and is renowned for his work there. He grew up in a rather urban environment, and as he grew…

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Careers in Conservation and Soil Science: Melissa Hunt Interview with Melissa Hunt by Danielle Whitcomb On July 1, I was given the opportunity to interview Melissa Hunt of the CT RC&D team. Melissa is a nutrient management planner and soil conservationist in the state of Connecticut. She is also part of the Job Jumpstart Program,…

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