How can you build healthy soil ecosystems through the use of bioremediation? Cuauhtemoc Villa, soil educator and acclaimed soil expert, joined us to provide fascinating insight into this topic. He discussed probiotic techniques you can apply to your own gardening and home landscaping to build healthy microorganism communities and support the bioremediation of other natural systems.
Cuauhtemoc Villa is a Taino, Aztec and Mayan regenerative farmer and soil educator based in Portland, Oregon. Cuauhtemoc is passionate about honoring indigenous agricultural practices and sharing this wisdom with people of all ages.
Cuauhtemoc Villa is a friend of the microbes, a student of their ancient wisdom and a teacher of their ways. For over 20 years, Cuauhtemoc has partnered with the microbes using bokashi, biochar and compost teas to grow resilient plants and bioremediate land and water. Cuauhtemoc is passionate about remembering and restoring indigenous agricultural ways and tribal ecological knowledge to honor land, ancestors and future generations. Cuauhtemoc shares these practices with people of all ages and backgrounds, through school garden programs, online and hands-on workshops, conferences and consultations with farmers and growers across the world.
Cuauhtemoc’s commitment to healing with the land has also led him to work extensively in conservation, serving for years as an educator for Sonoma Ecology Center and Sonoma Biochar Initiative. Most recently, he has partnered with Sound Native Plants to lead teams in building microbial and biochar enhanced native plant bioswales for stormwater management and waterway remediation in Portland, Oregon.
Cuauhtemoc currently works on Topaz Farm on Wapato Island (Sauvie Island), where he is helping oversee a large-scale transition from conventional to regenerative farming practices, implementing microbial and biochar techniques and centering community participation and education. His mission is to continue to build co-creative partnerships between humans and the soil to heal and restore our loving Earth.