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Sept 2011 update

Soil Carbon Coalition
September 6, 2011
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Update April 2011

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Terry Gompert

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terry Gompert, of Center, Nebraska, USA, on March 25. Terry was a good friend and a dynamic and effective force for holistic management and soil health, and he will be sorely missed.

Abe Collins has begun a celebration page here and everyone who knew Terry is encouraged to contribute. The wiki page does not require registration or login.


Here is a logo for the Soil Carbon Coalition. Click it to play it again. The UNanimated version (for most use) will be the final state of the animation.

Collective inquiry

Periodically we host an electronic collective inquiry process, centered around our beliefs.

Participation is open to any registered user of this website. Register and you will receive email notification of our next session. (If you are already logged in you cannot re-register.)

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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 prize competition to see how fast land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into water-holding, fertility-enhancing soil organic matter. (For the last five years Peter has been touring the continent in a converted school bus, doing baselines and resampling.)

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 for interested communities.

Board members:

Abe Collins grazes cattle in Vermont, and was co-founder of Carbon Farmers of America.

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 A longtime resident of Wallowa County, in northeast Oregon, he currently lives in a school bus and is often in California or 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 Albuquerque, 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.

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Welcome to the Soil Carbon Coalition website

The Soil Carbon Coalition was begun by Abe Collins (Vermont), Terry Gompert (Nebraska), and Peter Donovan (Oregon) to raise awareness of the opportunity we have to increase soil organic matter and reverse global heating.

For a short overview of the soil carbon opportunity, see the slideshow (about 3.5 Mb and 5 minutes), see below, and


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