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About the Soil Carbon Coalition

We are a nonprofit organization (501c3) wanting to advance the practice, and spread awareness of the opportunity, of turning atmospheric carbon into living landscapes and soil carbon (such as soil life, organic matter, humus, etc.). A different kind of science is needed, based on shared evidence, open participation, specific locations and situations, and on learning to manage wholes consisting of people, land, the work of all species, and money.
Our principal project is the Soil Carbon Challenge, an international "competition" to see how fast land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into water-holding, fertility-enhancing soil carbon. Peter has been touring the continent since 2011 in a converted school bus, doing soil sampling and monitoring on land managed by interested and committed people.

Building on the Challenge, we are facilitating community involvement in measuring, monitoring with the Atlas of Biological Work--an open-source platform or framework for facilitating shared, local intelligences on soil health and landscape function, based on wider participation and shared evidence.

We think the opportunity for increasing carbon and water in the soil is huge, and will help drive improvement in social and economic conditions as well as enhance biodiversity and ecological resiliency. We also offer a participatory workshop as well as a residency for communities interested in organizing their own assets and resources toward this kind of shared intelligence.

Board members:

Abe Collins has milked cows and grazed cattle in Vermont, and is currently working out of Winooski, Vermont as a grazing consultant.

Peter Donovan has herded sheep, and worked in the woods, agriculture, and cattle ranching. Since 1996 he has reported on innovative natural resource stewards, and most of his articles can be found on In the 1990s he studied holistic management with Allan Savory and consensus building with Bob Chadwick. A longtime resident of Wallowa County, in northeast Oregon, he currently lives in a school bus and is often elsewhere.

Christina Allday-Bondy is an Associate Accredited Consultant and Educator with the Savory Institute. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jeff Goebel is an experienced consensus facilitator and educator in Belen, New Mexico. He is a Certified Educator with Holistic Management International. His website is

Jim Laurie has worked with John Todd building Living Machines (biological systems to purify wastewater). He lives in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Rich Morris is a retired attorney in California who is involved in ranching and environmental advocacy.

Patrick O'Neill is an agronomist in Alamosa, Colorado.

Didi Pershouse of Thetford Center, Vermont is a cross-pollinator, helping to connect the dots between soil health and human health. She is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine. After 22 years of clinical work with patients, she is now working with the Soil Carbon Coalition on a large-scale citizen-science program that engages schools, conservation districts, farmers, and the public in understanding the intersections between soil, water, public health, and climate resiliency. She develops curriculum on soil health principles and whole systems landscape function, and facilitates workshops that empower communities through mutual listening.

Cat Buxton of Sharon, Vermont is a consultant and teacher working to connect communities and empower individuals to affect positive food system change. Cat is an effective and enthusiastic presenter, community organizer, project manager, and an advocate for regenerative food systems and a healthy environment. Grow more, waste less.

Our 2016 IRS form 990 filing can be viewed here. Our 2015 form 990 filing can be viewed here.

Most of us are available to address groups as well as facilitate participatory dialogues on the soil carbon opportunity.


Peter Donovan
(often on the road)
501 South Street
Enterprise, OR 97828

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