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Grain on the Brain Podcasts

Season 2, Episode 5-Building Soil Carbon

Have you been thinking about how to build up the different types of soil carbon on your farm? Professor Cynthia Kallenbach talks to Scott Beaton about soil health, the different types of soil carbon and how to make deposits into both your soil chequing and savings accounts.


A soil carbon primer from Prof Martin Entz from the University of Manitoba. Click here: Improving soil health in organic systems

Read about soil health research on organic farms conducted by the Organic Farming Research Foundation:

Dig deeper into Soil Health on the National Resources Conservation Service’s website:


Funding is provided in part by the Canada and Manitoba governments through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Guest Bio

Professor Cynthia Kallenbach

Cynthia Kallenbach joined McGill’s Department of Natural Resource Sciences as an Assistant Professor in 2018. Her research integrates soil ecology and biogeochemistry to understand soil organic matter turnover and accumulation and microbial-plant interactions affecting carbon and nutrient cycling under land use and global change. She received her BSc degree (Geography) from Sonoma State University, California. She earned two MSc at University of California-Davis in International Agriculture Development and in Soil Biogeochemistry, and her PhD from the University of New Hampshire in Earth and Environmental Science. Before coming to McGill, she was a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Manitoba Organic Alliance.


Scott Beaton

Cynthia Kallenbach

Karen Klassen

Jason Peters

Host: Scott Beaton

Narrator: Karen Klassen

Producer: Karen Klassen

Editor: Jason Peters

Podcast oversight committee: Anne Kirk, Jason Peters, Kim Wilton, Tierra Stokes, Marla Carlson, Deb Tuchelt