Further Reading About Soils

Below you will find various resources on soil, including websites, books available for checkout in Collins Library, and more. Be sure to check out the official Dirt LibGuide here for even more helpful resources.

Online Resources:

United Nations 2015 International Year of Soils Website:  http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/about/en/   Find out about all of the international activities for calling attention to the importance of soils.

United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/soils/home/  Learn about soil conservation and soil education.

United States Environmental Protection Agency Website http://www.epa.gov/.   Search for detailed information about efforts in the United States to clean up industrial and agricultural pollution of soils.

GRuB: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities  http://goodgrub.org/about/ See an example of  a non-profit organization in Olympia, Washington, USA focused on youth development and food security.

Tacoma Smelter Plume Dirt Alert Program: http://dirtalert.info/ Learn how three counties in Washington State, USA are working together to educate the public about contaminated soils.


General Geology

Grotzinger, John and Tom Jordan, Understanding Earth (7th Edition). New York, W.H. Freeman and Company, 2014

Soil Biology and Ecology

Lowenthal, Jeff. Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web. Portland, Oregon, USA: Timber Press, 2014

Nardi, James. Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners. Chicago, Illinois, USA: University of Chicago Press, 2007

Humans and Soils

Logan, William Bryant. Dirt the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth. New York City, New York, USA:  W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (January 17, 2007)

Montgomery, David. Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations Berkeley, California, USA: University of California Press, 2007

Ohlson, Kristin. The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet New York, New York, USA: Rodale, 2014

Garden Farming inspired by Permaculture

Bane, Peter. The Permaculture Handbook:  Garden Farming for Town and Country. Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, 2012

Hemenway, Toby, Gaia’s Garden:  A Guide to Home Scale Permaculture 2nd Edition. White River Junction, Vermont, USA: Chelsea Green Publishing