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There are plenty of fantastic holidays throughout the world. Some, like Christmas or Easter, can be found in various countries. Others, like “National Donut Day,” are only viral thanks to social media. But, within all these fun and varied holidays, a holiday is known as World Soil Day. Every December 5th, World Soil Day is a time to appreciate the world around us. Let’s discover more facts and traditions about this exciting environmental celebration together!

What is World Soil Day?

World Soil Day is a day that advocates for the sustainable research and preservation of our soil. The earth which grows our crops and grasses is essential, so World Soil Day shows us the importance of keeping it healthy and useable. This international event was conceived by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. There was not enough money or recognition for the general health of the planet’s soil. Together with the Kingdom of Thailand and the Global Soil Partnership, World Soil Day eventually became a recognized holiday by the United Nations.

Many people worldwide do not realize that the ground they’re standing on requires more than just sunlight and rain. This holiday is a chance for people to learn about why we need soil and how we can preserve it for decades. Bringing awareness to soil degradation and the loss of nutrients is the first step into ensuring we can reach the healthy soil levels we had seventy years ago. 

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How Do We Celebrate World Soil Day?

As mentioned above, the best way to celebrate World Soil Day is by learning about how you can help your local soil health! Depending on the size of your community, there may be places to go and learn about how you can benefit from the soil and how the soil can benefit from you. Practice recycling and picking up litter to avoid leaving microplastics around your town. 

No one knows the local soil more than a local farmer, so if you find yourself in a rural community, greet and befriend some farmers! They can teach you all about their practices to ensure crops yield well, and the soil isn’t drained of nutrients. One of the best farming practices for soil is Crop Rotation. Crop Rotation is planting different crops in the same plot every season. This practice keeps the dirt from losing certain nutrients, as various plants can help revitalize the soil used to grow crops.

You can also celebrate our earth by visiting the Food and Agriculture Organization site! There are a variety of reports to see and different activities you can participate in to learn more about World Soil Day.

Connect with the Earth

Interested in learning more about our earth and how to protect it better and utilize it? We at The Alchemist’s Kitchen have tremendous resources to peruse at your leisure. Our love for mushrooms and plant life starts with the soil, so we hope World Soil Day can help inspire you to find more naturalistic hobbies to try!

Reading is a vital component of learning new skills. With this in mind, consider checking out some of our favorite nature-related books like “The Flowering Wand.” This exciting book helps you reseed your life for the better! Another fabulous read is “This is Your Mind on Plants,” which reveals how the power of the earth and plants can change people’s perceptions. 

You can discover even more fantastic products for World Soil Day at our main shop! And remember – you can change the environment for the better this World Soil Day by working with your community! Head out and learn something new about soil today because our planet deserves some more help.

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Frankie Kavakich

FrankieKavakich

Frankie Kavakich is a published prose and poetry writer and a practicing witch whose love for the occult and horror permeates their everyday life. For eight years, they have studied a variety of practices including kitchen witchery, chaos magick, divination, manifestation, and brujería. Within their writing, Frankie features numerous topics ranging from ghosts and spirits to the importance of community and reliance on nature's bounty. Their great grandmother Nilda was a healer from the rain forests of Puerto Rico, and Frankie is endlessly inspired by the gentle hands and kind hearts of their ancestors.

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