A Handful of Dirt - Illinois Farm Bureau Partners A Handful of Dirt - Illinois Farm Bureau Partners

A Handful of Dirt

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Ray Bial - Handful of Dirt

Next time you’re working in the garden, take a minute to appreciate the soil. In “A Handful of Dirt,” Ray Bial examines one of Earth’s essential building blocks – dirt. Food, fuel and fiber all share an origin with soil, and lots of microscopic creatures make their homes there, making food for insects, which then become food for living creatures above the ground.

Stunning photographs accompany Bial’s words, diving deeper into the world of dirt and how it affects our everyday lives. He also explores what resides in dirt, including earthworms, moles, mushrooms and more. Each of these living things has a role to play in the makeup of soil.


  1. John Holmes says:

    Looks like a very interesting read about our area.

  2. Stacey says:

    I am trying to win a copy of the book but do not see how to enter.

    • Rachel Bertone says:

      Hi Stacey,

      The contest has ended, so the post has been taken down. Thanks!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, Illinois Partners

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