Tisbury: Free soil health workshop

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Heard on Main Street: Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

Soil is one of our most valuable resources, along with air and water. Whether you have a small garden or a big one, you can benefit from this free soil health workshop on Saturday, April 7, from 9 to noon and 1 to 3 pm at the Ag Hall. Lunch will be provided if you preregister before April 2 by emailing Bill Wilcox at dukesdistrict@yahoo.com.

The morning session focuses on Vineyard soil tests and soil health assessment. It will end with a demonstration of how soil responds to rain under different conditions. The afternoon session will cover organic matter in the soil, nutrients, and how to improve soil health. A panel discussion of these practices with local farmers and soil scientists will follow.

I wonder if it will hasten spring a little if we focus on the warming soil. I still have not cut any forsythia because the bush is surrounded by slippery, icy snow. Don’t we usually force it in the middle of March? If I remember right, waiting until April is usually too late.

Peter Meleney will talk about Restorative Justice on Tuesday, April 3, at 11 am at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Main Street. This is the April meeting of the Neighborhood Convention, which can be a happy group. All are welcome. Bring a sandwich; dessert will be provided.

The Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet for eight sessions on Thursdays at 7 pm, beginning April 5, at Vineyard Haven library. Join this group, who want an opportunity to learn and participate in the foreign policy decisionmaking process. The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) has published the Great Decisions briefing book, covering eight timely global topics, to be read before each discussion. Register at the library or vhlibrary.org. A limited number of briefing books are available for purchase at the library for $24, payable to the Friends of the VH Library.

At the meeting a short documentary will be shown, followed by discussion. The first topic is Pax Americana. Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy. President Trump has shifted the political mood toward foreign commitments limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism.

As I write this the sun is shining. It is not providing much warmth, but appears so bright and pretty outside that I expect to see buds and flowers opening all around. I am not even hearing bird song, which makes me wonder if they know something we don’t. The only birds I hear in the early morning are a cacophony of turkeys demanding that it is now spring.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Kalena Searle and Kathleen Madeiros. Wish the best, and at least one whoopie pie each, to Marco Daniels and Larry Sylvia on Friday. Tom Zinno parties on Easter Monday.

Heard on Main Street: Did you know that if you don’t forward those bad jokes to your unsuspecting friends, your hard drive will kill your mouse?