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UDaily: DENIN event to boost appreciation for soil, an overlooked resource

UDaily: DENIN event to boost appreciation for soil, an overlooked resource

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host an event in celebration of the International Year of Soils from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, in the Trabant University Center. The University of Delaware community is invited to stop by DENIN’s booth near the food court to play soil-related trivia, enter the “Pay Dirt” raffle, pot a plant to take home, and sample the special “DENIN Dirt” ice cream flavor concocted by the UDairy Creamery.

“It’s the end of the semester and we wanted to have some fun,” said DENIN communications manager Beth Chajes. “We wanted to let folks release some stress by connecting with that part of themselves that just wants to play in the dirt. But, at the same time, a little education about soil and everything it does for us couldn’t hurt.”

The United Nations declared 2015 the International Year of Soils to bring awareness to a precious but underappreciated natural resource. In addition, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will observe World Soil Day on Dec. 5.