The Detroit Dirt Foundation is focused on developing science education, soil research, quality employment, and helping create more supportive community networks, especially to advance soil remediation and environmental work.

This project is for STEM education in Michigan and Wisconsin schools and for a much larger national STEM project in the future. Detroit Dirt Foundation is positioned as a leader in environmental practices. This grant will support and demonstrate the trans-formative nature of our collaboration with the Bosch Community Fund; with the Detroit Dirt brand and combine our mutual interests in STEM education, with our environmental mission.

Our goals are to invest in youth education so that we can develop far-reaching science benefits to the region. We have every expectation that as we pursue other grants in the coming year, we will have the ability reach students on a national level.
This grant will support new work in science education, with a focus on specific education about food waste, the science of making compost, the environmental benefits of incorporating compost into soils for soil restoration and human health; and the benefits of bringing compost material into soils to sustain the microbial life in soils that in turn supports agriculture.

Food waste that’s sent to landfills generates carbon dioxide and methane that escape into the atmosphere contributing to climate change.  At the same time, soil that’s essential for crop growth is eroding 10 to 40 times the rate it can be naturally replenished.  In nature, it takes hundreds of years to generate just one inch of topsoil.  With a growing population, and loss of soil and soil fertility, future generations must have the scientific education and dexterity to develop projects that will allow communities to adapt to climate change. We are now reaching the generation of students who will have an unprecedented view of climate change as it impacts the environment during their lifetimes. Science education will provide the clarity and tools necessity to manage the complexities of climate change.

Our project seeks to support science career possibilities and encourage interest in soil science, the science of waste management and resource conservation, and the clarity of urgency in restoring agricultural and urban soils. The degradation of soils for agriculture is expected to become a health crisis on a global scale in the coming decades. We must prepare the next generations through our leadership, with collaborations with corporate organizations like Bosch, in supporting efforts to mitigate climate change and support the next generation of scientists.