The NM Healthy Soil Working Group formed in the fall of 2018, with the goal to significantly accelerate soil health stewardship in the state. Addressing the prime challenges of inadequate soil health education, lack of financial incentives and prevailing institutional barriers, we succeeded in passing the NM Healthy Soil Act in the spring of 2019. As authors of the bill, we brought together an extensive coalition of over 100 food and agriculture related organizations, as well as environmental groups and dozens of farms and ranches. On account of this broad support network, the bill received unanimous backing in the Senate following bipartisan support and passage by the House, and was signed into law by the governor on April 2nd.

The Healthy Soil Act is based on 5 proven soil health principles and establishes a voluntary incentives program and robust support system. Land managers are offered access to soil health testing, education and training opportunities, as well as financial and technical assistance. Program participants learn about soil health in on-site, producer-led workshops and receive technical assistance to put these ideas into practice. A research component, soil health champions network and training for technical service providers round out the bill. Implementation on the ground is facilitated through Soil & Water Conservation Districts and other local entities, including pueblos, tribes, acequia and land grant communities.

The Department of Agriculture is tasked with executing the act, including a comprehensive soil health education package and user-friendly grant program, which was launched in August 2019.

Endorsements

350 New Mexico
Abiqua Consulting
Aboutlistening & Associates
Abyssinia Gardens
Agri-Cultura Network
Agriculture Implementation Research & Education Agro Bio Tech
Albuquerque Sustainable Business
All Pueblo Council of Governors
American Grassfed Association
Antidote Farms
Antiguas Del Norte Apiary
Armijo Farm
Audubon New Mexico
Avery’s Farm
B & R Trucking, Inc.
Bacoccini Family Farms LLC
Berlier Ranch
Bernalillo County Commissioners
Bioneers
Bodhi Farms
Box Farm
Brininstool XL Ranch
Cabezon Wounded Warrior Haven
Casa Fresco
Chispas Farm
Cimarron Mercantile LLC
Cloudfire Pottery
Conservation Voters New Mexico
Del Valle Pecans LLC
Desert Oasis Teaching Garden
Devil’s Spring Ranch
DOT Garden
Dream Catcher Ranchito
Ecological Farming Association
Edible New Mexico
Embudo Valley Organics
Eve’s Farm
Farm to Table
Farmhouse Café & Bakery
Flower Hill Institute
Fodder Farm
Food & Water Watch
Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute Gallisteo GeoScience
Get in My Garden Podcast
Glorieta Geoscience, Inc.
Grass Nomads LLC
Green Tractor Farm
Grow Y’Own
Growing Opportunities
Guadalupe Mountain Fencing
Holistic Management International
Hood Farm & Ranch
Hughes Commercial Properties
Hughes Ranch & Hunting Service
John A. & Mary L. Ballard Farm & Ranch Joyful Gardens
Judith Phillips Design Oasis
Juniper Hill Center
Kiss the Ground
La Montañita Co-op
Lily Farm
Little Bear Forest Reform Coalition
Los Jardines Institute
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Lotus Farms
McClure Ranch
Mesa Verde Humates
Mesteno Draw Ranch
Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Monte Azul Farms LLC
Monte Vista Organic Farm
Morning Star Farm
Nambe Orchards
National Young Farmers Coalition

New Mexico Acequia Association
New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts New Mexico Climate Defenders
New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau
New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association
New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light
New Mexico Land Conservancy
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
New Mexico Xeriscape Society
North Valley Organics
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Our Water: The Lifeblood
Pata Viva Farm
Peas and Hominy
Pebble Labs
Pesticide Action Network North America
Pilar Acequia Association
Polk’s Folly Farm
Pueblo of Santa Ana, Dept. of Natural Resources Pueblo of Tesuque
Pure Circle Recycling
Quarter Circle U
Quay Ranch
Rafter C Farms
Rancho Alma Linda
Rancho Arco Iris
Rancho La Jolla
Ranney Ranch
Revolution Farm
Reyah Sunshine Farm
Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens
Rio en Medio Botanicals
Rivers & Birds
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
Sage Coyote Farm
San Isidro Permaculture Inc.
Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute
Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce
Santa Fe Watershed Association
Serafina Garlic Co.
SFCC Innovation Center
Sierra Club: Rio Grande & Northern Rio Grande Chapters Soil Secrets
Soil4Climate
Soil Carbon Coalition
Sol Feliz Farm
Sonlatsa
Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance
Sunfarm de las Huertas
Surroundings Studio
Synergia Ranch Organic Fruits & Vegetables
Tabla’s LLC
Taos Land Trust
Terra Flora Garden Design
Tesuque Pueblo Farm
The Climate Change Leadership Institute
The Food Museum
The Railyard Park Conservancy
The Rain Catcher Inc.
The Xerxes Society
Tierra Sagrada Farm
Tooley’s Trees
Triangle P Cattle Co.
Trigg Cattle Co.
Trout Unlimited
Trujillo Farm
Trujillo Organic Farms LLC
Twin Willows Ranch
Two Willows Farm
Unitarian Universalists Church Santa Fe
Ute Creek Cattle Company
Valencia Community Gardens
Van Dyke Vineyards
Villanueva Fields
Western Family Farm
Western Landowners Alliance
Western Navajo Farm Board
Wild Farm Alliance
Wildharber Farm
Wildhood Farm
Yesterday’s Valley Ranch, Inc.
Zulu’s Petals Organic