Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”(Luke 8:5)

Becoming the Good Soil is a project to address climate change and increase food security initiated by Church of the Nativity. The rationale for the project and helpful resources are contained in a tri-fold brochure that can be printed and/or shared.  Please visit our Carbon Farming Resources page for more information. Trifold_Becoming the Good Soil

This project is supported by a grant from the Advisory Council on the Stewardship of Creation, The Episcopal Church, and is part of the Sacred Foodscapes Program of North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light, a program of the NC Council of Churches.


Becoming the Good Soil: A Theological Understanding

By: Carl Sigel In the modern world, it behooves us take a broader and more practical view of God’s commandment to keep the garden. When humankind inherited the garden, the soil was “good” and furthermore, there was a natural process for maintaining the fertility. Now, […]


Becoming the Good Soil: Supplementation of Cropland with Compost Increases Productivity

  A review of the use of organic supplements to cropland indicated that application of long-lasting organic amendments increased organic carbon by up to 90% versus unfertilized soil, and up to 100% versus chemical fertilizer treatments. Furthermore, regular addition of organic residues, particularly composted ones, […]


Becoming the Good Soil: Increasing Soil Carbon Will Increase Crop Yields

By: Carl Sigel Increasing soil carbon will increase total soil organic matter (SOM), which is the very foundation for healthy and productive soils (1).  Organic farmers often judge and monitor soil health based on the amount of organic matter in each farm field. Active soil […]


Consensus Grows: climate-smart agriculture key to Paris Agreement goals

By:Justin Catanoso, December 21, 2017 After the approval of the Paris Agreement in 2015, there was widespread recognition that the primary strategy for meeting the pact’s goals – reducing the burning of fossil fuels, while also preserving and restoring forests – would not be enough […]


NC Ag Biotech Summit- Soil Health

This year’s Ag Biotech Summit, through collaboration with the Soil Health Institute, will highlight the impacts of soil health on the planet, animal and human health, challenges faced, and the responsibility needed to provide a sustainable future through soil. Emerging trends and technologies that are fostering and […]


Becoming the Good Soil: Relationships between Food Production, Climate, and Soil

By Carl Sigel   In the endeavor to produce more nutritious food, one of humanities greatest challenges is that many of the steps that might be taken to increase food productivity will have the opposite effect because of climate change. About 25% of the planet’s […]


Becoming the Good Soil: Other Ways That Compost Helps Mitigate Climate Change

By Carl Sigel To make compost, organic materials are necessary, like yard waste, food waste, wastewater treatment plant residuals, animal manures, or others. Currently, some organic wastes are finding their way to the landfill, where they decompose anaerobically (without oxygen) and methane is emitted—a greenhouse […]


Becoming the Good Soil: Role of Soil in Carbon Sequestration

By Carl Sigel Soils constitute the largest terrestrial organic C pool (~1,500 petagrams* (Pg, 1015 grams ) C to a depth of 1 m; 2,400 Pg C to 2 m depth), which is three times the amount of CO2 currently in the atmosphere (~830 Pg […]