Friends of the Chatham Community Library present Saving the Earth’s Topsoil

Pittsboro, NC – The Friends of the Chatham Community Library invite you to join us on Thursday, May 19, 7:30 – 9 pm at the library for an informative program on “Saving the Earth’s Topsoil” with speakers Jack Traywick and Guy B. Baird.

This program will also include a showing of the documentary film entitled “DIRT,” an entertaining and substantial look at the unappreciated dirt beneath our feet. You can find more information about this documentary at

Our guests, Jack Traywick and Guy Baird, will discuss the critical issue of topsoil loss, some of the programs underway aimed at helping to reduce the rapid topsoil loss and start rebuilding it, plus some of their own interesting experiences in several developing countries over their long careers. They will also address why we tend to ignore, abuse and destroy our most precious natural resource and more importantly, how each of us can help to reverse this wasteful practice.

Jack Traywick grew up on a self-sufficient farm in the Piedmont of NC. He had early experience helping his father rebuild a badly eroded farm. Jack is a graduate of NC State University with a Masters degree in Agricultural Engineering. He spent 30 yeas in several developing countries in the design, building and remodeling agricultural research stations, extension programs, multiple cropping and management of natural resources.

Guy Baird grew up on a farm in the mountains of western NC. His advanced college degrees were in agronomy and soil science. His career was in international agricultural development as a soil scientist and research administrator. He spent seven years in Colombia, followed by fifteen years in India.

The library is located at 197 Hwy. 87N on the Pittsboro Campus of Central Carolina Community College and the program is free and open to all.