We explored the life of soil in the woods near home.
We dug a small sample of soil and talked about the multitudes of life that it contains
And the life that it provides.
We smelled it and handled it and rolled it into little clay-ey balls
Then we took individual samples of soil.
Everybody chose the “best” spot
And used a trowel to dig a hole.
We put samples into jars.
We added water collected from the stream.
We put lids on our jars and shake, shake, shake.
Then we left our jars down on the bench
And in a rare moment of quiet
We waited for the complexity of structure to reveal itself.
Then later at home – clay.
All our samples were different and we tried to understand why.
How plants could help us be soil detectives
How different locations offer different opportunities and challenges
But how all have the potential to give the gift of life.