James Cassidy has been an Instructor of Soil Science at Oregon State University for over 11 years. The introductory soil class he teaches now has over 200 students each term and is very popular. James is also the faculty advisor for the wildly popular OSU Organic Growers Club – OSU’s student farm. Coming from a non-traditional background (music industry for over 30 years) he is passionate about soil and is popular with students because of his dynamic speaking style. The student farm project has over 300 student volunteers on its list-serve and continues to grow. The farm cultivates over 50 different fruit and vegetable crops and is just beginning its 17th season.
Soil! – What it is & How it Works. It’s ALL about soil! Most people only have a vague idea of what soil is and how it works. You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture. The reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients, how soil is “made.” The fundamentals that ALL humans on the planet Earth should know! Soil is a living thing – a habitat! Managing that habitat is THE fundamental factor in getting your garden to produce more with fewer inputs.