Grain on the Brain

Carbon Sequestration

Episode Summary

We're kicking off a new season by continuing on our journey to learn about healthy soils! Scott talks to Dr Kris Nichols - soil health guru! He finds out how we can build soil carbon in an organic cropping system, even if we need to do a bit of tillage.

Episode Notes

Resources links

Check out Dr. Kris Nichols’ website to learn more about her work and soil health resources:


For more about the Canadian Organic Growers “Canadian Access Project”:

The Canadian Organic Growers are looking for participants in the Canadian Access Project

We are looking for organic pea, oat, beef, carrot, and blueberry producers who would like to discuss supply chain barriers for these commodities. Also, we are looking for participants from these five supply chains as well as other organic producers who are interested in assessing the impacts of organic production on ecosystem services particularly carbon sequestration.

Participants will form a producer committee, which will meet virtually about 3-4 times in 2021 and participate in an interview and 2-3 virtual meetings summarizing the data collected from the interviews through March 2022. If desired, producers could just participate in the interviews and follow-up meetings. We are targeting producers that have 1 or more soil tests including organic matter or organic carbon values and are willing to share their anonymized data for analysis and modeling. and

If you are interested or want me information about the project, contact Kris Nichols at .


Our podcast is supported by generous donations and sponsorships. This episode was funded in part by the Canada and Manitoba governments through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and the Prairie Organic Development Fund, as well as through our sponsors; Millview Farms and XiteBio - a dynamic biotechnology company engaged in microbial technology and agri-inputs. You can learn more about their products at

Guest bio 

Dr. Kris Nichols is a leader in the movement to regenerate soils for healthy crops, food, people and the planet. She is the Research Director at MyLand Company LLC in Phoenix, AZ. She is also the founder and principal scientist of KRIS (Knowledge for Regeneration and Innovation in Soils) Systems Education & Consultation; Soil Microbiology Research Advisor with the Food Water Wellness Foundation in Olds, Alberta; Research Director with Carbon Sync in Freemantle, Western Australia; and Soil Health Consultant with COG (Canadian Organic Growers) in Ottawa, Ontario. She is also working with Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, on a project combining Regenerative Agriculture and Renewable Energy (RARE) to reduce the economic risks in transitioning to regenerative agriculture. Kris participates on the Advisory Board for the Real Organic Project; Scientific Advisory Board with the Savory Institute’s – Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV)program; Land Use & Agriculture Task Force for the HRH Sustainable Markets Initiative; and as a Soil Science Advisor with Health First.  Kris’s voice is heard in a number of forums where she speaks about the value of healthy soil in food production systems, and I am really happy to have the chance to talk with her today.