Our mission is to educate and inspire farmers, ranchers, and consumers about the importance of sustainability, regenerative farming, and biodiversity in our food systems.

These five soil health principles are important for promoting soil health and ensuring sustainable agriculture.

  1. Keep the soil covered: This means maintaining a cover of living plants or plant residues on the soil surface. This helps to prevent erosion, improve soil structure, and provide food and habitat for soil organisms.

  2. Minimize soil disturbance: This means reducing tillage and other forms of soil disturbance that can disrupt soil structure and lead to soil erosion. Minimizing soil disturbance also helps to preserve soil organic matter and promote nutrient cycling.

  3. Increase crop diversity: This means growing a variety of crops and crop rotations, which can help to improve soil health by promoting a diverse soil microbiome and reducing pest and disease pressure.

  4. Maintain living roots: This means ensuring that there are living plant roots in the soil as much as possible, which can help to promote soil structure, increase soil organic matter, and provide food and habitat for soil organisms.

  5. Integrate livestock: This means incorporating livestock into crop rotations and grazing systems, which can help to improve soil health by adding organic matter and nutrients to the soil, reducing pest and disease pressure, and promoting nutrient cycling.

Farmers and land managers can implement a range of practices, such as reduced tillage, cover cropping, crop rotations, intercropping, agroforestry, and managed grazing. They can also monitor soil health indicators, such as soil organic matter, soil structure, soil water holding capacity, and soil nutrient availability, to assess the effectiveness of their management practices and adjust them as needed.