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Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. She teaches participatory workshops both in person and online, helping to show the nested relationships between soil health, human health, water cycles, and climate resiliency. She is the founder of the Land and Leadership Initiative and the Center for Sustainable Medicine, and a co-founder of the "Can we Rehydrate California?" Initiative. She is an independent trainer and curriculum developer for the UN-FAO Farmer Field School Program and the Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming Initiative in India. She was one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017.
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Didi Pershouse is the founder of the Land and Leadership Initiative, and the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. She is a contributing author for the Regenerative Economy Collaborative, and the academic volumes Health in the Anthropocene (Univ. of Waterloo) and Climate Crisis and Creation Care (Cambridge Scholars.)
She developed a practice and theoretical framework for systems-based ecological medicine—to restore health to people as well as the environmental and social systems around them, as the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine. After 22 years of clinical work with patients, Pershouse now travels widely in North America and Europe as a speaker, educator, and consultant.
Pershouse is a skilled facilitator, who brings conservative and liberal organizations together into effective working groups with common goals: improving soil health, public health, food and water security, and regional resilience through simple changes in land management. Both online and in-person, her participatory workshops engage the public, farmers and ranchers, policy makers, investors, and scientists in living-systems thinking and mutual resourcing, to allow for emergent strategies. She was one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017.
In 2018, she founded the Land and Leadership Initiative, and the "Can we Rehydrate California?" Initiative. She is a Planning Commissioner for her town, a member of the Vermont State-appointed Payment For Ecosystem Services and Soil Health Working Group and is on the board of directors of the Soil Carbon Coalition and the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. She led a successful effort to conserve the Zebedee Headwaters Wetlands while serving as a Vermont Conservation Commissioner.
She is currently working on projects with the UN-FAO Farmer Field School program; the Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming Initiative (APCNF) in India (involving over 800,000 farmers); and the No Regrets Initiative.
You can learn more about her work at www.didipershouse.com
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