Earlier this year, the National 4-H Council sponsored the Healthy Soils Carbon Soil Investigation Challenge, which saw students from multiple Midwestern states engage in programs to learn proper soil conservation and utilization techniques. The program was developed by 4-H’s Ag Innovators Experience initiative, with the curriculum authored by agricultural staff at the Ohio State University.
The challenge saw students learn how to determine soil contents, determine what comprises healthy soil, and how to test soils to see if they are healthy. They also learned about the effects that tilling soil can have, and got a firsthand look at new farming methods that are more friendly to the overall ecosystem. The experience aimed to educate students about best soil practices to lower the overall carbon footprint of farming.