Yamina Pressler

is creating watercolors, essays, and a film for the love of soil
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soil supporter
$1
per month

Show your support for soil! You will receive access to my patron-only feed with behind the scenes updates on my watercolor, writing, and film projects.


* patron-only feed

soil enthusiast
$5
per month

Show your enthusiasm for soil! You will receive an original soil-themed sticker every other month, plus access to my patron-only feed


* bimonthly soil-themed sticker

* patron-only feed

soil admirer
$10
per month

Show your admiration for soil! You will receive exclusive digital downloads of my soil watercolor art, plus stickers, and access to my patron-only feed.


* digital soil art downloads

* bimonthly soil-themed sticker

* patron-only feed

soil lover
Limited (20 of 20 remaining)
$15
per month

Show your love for soil! You will receive an original soil watercolor mini print once a month, plus digital downloads, stickers, and access to my patron-only feed


* monthly soil watercolor mini print

* digital soil art downloads

* bimonthly soil-themed sticker

* patron-only feed

soil whisperer
Limited (20 of 20 remaining)
$30
per month

Show your deep appreciation for soil! You will receive an original soil watercolor full sized print once a month, plus digital downloads, stickers, and access to my patron-only feed


* monthly soil watercolor full size print

* digital soil art downloads

* bimonthly soil-themed sticker

* patron-only feed

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About Yamina Pressler

I am a soil ecologist, writer, educator, and speaker.... and I'm on a mission to make soil a household name.

Why?
Because soil is both the literal and metaphorical skin of the Earth. It is the thin layer where rock and life intersect to form the basis of our existence. Without soils to support agriculture, humanity as we know it would not exist. The critical role of soils in agriculture cannot be overstated, but soils are more than just the sum of the services they provide us. Soils underlie every single ecosystem we experience, rely on, and admire. Soils are the foundation of the world’s ecology. Soils support the vast terrestrial biodiversity on the planet, both above- and belowground. Even so, we often treat soils like dirt, and it is time to change that.

How?
Through creative writing, art, films, and community building in real life and here on Patreon. I am working on three creative projects that are outside the typical research and teaching expectations of my day job as a soil ecologist. Creative projects like these are challenging to fund through traditional scientific funding models so it's time to try something different. Your support will allow me to explore the most creative corners of my brain, to develop ideas that have been simmering in the back of my mind for years, and to produce media that brings soils to the forefront of our public consciousness. I am excited to bring you along on this journey.

THE WONDER OF SOIL
painting watercolors for the love of soil
The Wonder of Soil is a collection of original watercolor paintings of soil profiles that explore the beauty, diversity, and wonder of soil through an artistic lens. Sometimes my works mimic an actual soil profile, but more often then not, the paintings are dreamed up in my imagination. I am always creating more new original paintings that I convert to prints to share with you! Your support will allow me to continue creating new soil-inspired watercolors and help offset the cost of materials to produce, print, and share them.

IN DEFENSE OF SOIL
writing essays for the love of soil
In Defense of Soil is a compilation of original essays, poetry, and philosophical musings that explore our connection to soil. Many writings about soil focus on the extrinsic value of soils based on the many ecosystem services that soils provide society. But what is the intrinsic value of soils? How can we strengthen our connection to soils and why should we? My ideas on this topic are still in their infancy and your support would allow me to chase these creative musings and develop them into a tangible product that together we can share with the world.

WILL RUN FOR SOIL
producing a film for the love of soil
Will Run for Soil tells the story of soil through the lens of the people who study it. The documentary follows Karen Vaughan, a pedologist, and me, a soil ecologist, as we explore soils while running through the sweeping wilderness of the desert southwest. Far from professional ultrarunners, Karen and I are challenging ourselves to run our longest distance ever in an effort to expand our collective notion of why we should care about soils. In the process, we confront ideas about what a scientist looks like, what it means to be a soil scientist, and what the human body is capable of accomplishing for the love of soil. Your support will help us develop the story line, build our audience, travel to run and shoot the documentary during the summer of 2020, and promote the film far and wide. Learn more about our film at www.willrunforsoil.com.

I will be creating new tiers and rewards as we build our Patreon community. Stick around for more original soil swag, art, and writings as get creative for THE WONDER OF SOIL, let my words go wild for IN DEFENSE OF SOIL, and train for WILL RUN FOR SOIL.

Thank you for your support. Let the adventure begin!!
Goals
1 of 50 patrons
In Defense of Soil is a compilation of essays, poetry, watercolor paintings and other musings exploring the intrinsic value of soils. With 50 patrons, I will begin compiling the book and seek venues to publish and share it.
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