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Date & Time Details: Presentation at 2:30p, tour at 5:15p, and dinner at 6pm

Location: Abode of the Message

Address: 5 Abode Road New Lebanon, NY 12125

Ibrahím Pedriñán, Director of Programs
518.794.8090 x125

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Down and Dirty and the Soul of Soil

with David R. Montgomery and Evan Thaler-Null

September 29, 2017

Dirt has gotten a bad rap.  People talk about “dirty words”; “soiling oneself” is pejorative.  But dirt and soil are the skin of our world and the very makeup of our own bodies.

Join us for an afternoon of down-and-dirty dialogue between Professor David Montgomery and Abode Farmer Evan Thaler-Null as well as local farmers.  Hear the implications of dirt in theory and in practice.  Delve beneath your own feet for a theor-pragmatic approach to earth, soil, and the socio-cultural implications of dirt.

The schedule of events are:

2:30-3:45pm Presentation by David Montgomery

3:45-4pm Snack Break and Book Signing

4-5:15pm Dialogue and Panel with Q&A

5:15-6pm – Tour of Abode Farm

6-7pm – Farm-to-table Dinner and Book Signing

David Montgomery will also have his books available for purchase and for signing.

Book1 Book2


David R. Montgomery
David R. Montgomery studies the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He received his B.S. in geology at Stanford University (1984) and his Ph.D. in geomorphology from UC Berkeley (1991). His published work includes studies of the evolution and near-extirpation of salmon, fluvial and hillslope processes in mountain drainage basins, the evolution of mountain ranges (Cascades, Andes, and Himalaya), and the analysis of digital topography. Current research includes field projects in the Philippines, eastern Tibet, and the Pacific Northwest of North America.
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Evan Thaler-Null
Evan Thaler-Null, Abode Manager of Ecology, has been working on the Abode land for the past five years. Evan moved to New Lebanon in 2012 to take over the management of the farmland at the Abode with his partner, Sarah Steadman, who grew up down the road from the Abode, the daughter of long-time Sufi parents.  As the co-founder and manager of Abode Farm CSA, Evan brings his connection to agriculture, ecology, and community to his role as Manager of Ecology for the Abode. Raised with a love for the outdoors, animals, and plants, Evan first began studying botany and herbalism…
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