Soil Health

ATTRA – Sustainable Agriculture Program
Soils & Compost Resources
A wealth of free publications and other resources, offering information on how to assess, improve, and maintain soil health for both croplands and pastures, as well as orchards and vineyards.
Incluye publicaciones en español.

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
OFRF Free Soil Health Resources
Excellent free resources, not just for organic farmers! This series of soil health guidebooks is designed to support farmers and ranchers in selecting the best management practices for building soil life and soil health.
Beginning Farmer Training Program
Free training program for beginning and seasoned farmers alike. While it was developed for California specialty crop farmers, the content is based on foundational principles that are relevant to all growers across the U.S. The first learning module of the self-guided online training program is focused on soil health.
Reducing Risk Through Soil Management [PDF]
How good soil health reduces production costs and minimizes potential losses by enhancing crop resilience to drought, pests, and other stresses.

The Rodale Institute
Rodale Institute Educational Resources Access webinars, publications, funding resources and more.
Regenerative Organic Agriculture An overview, including Bob Rodale describing the difference between sustainable and regenerative in 1989.
White Paper: Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change [PDF]

Holistic Management International (HMI)
HMI Free downloadable resources
Includes Introduction to Holistic Management, Holistic Grazing Planning and Holistic Financial Planning.
En Español: Introducción al Manejo Holistica Manual y Planificación Financiera Holística – Planificación para el Éxito Financiero.

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
In English: NRCS–Soil Health
En Español: NRCS–La Salud De Los Suelos
Download factsheets: Healthy Soils Are…
Download factsheets: Soil Health Principles
Web Soil Survey Provides soil data and information for over 95% of lands in the US. Produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey and operated by NRCS, it is the largest natural resource information system in the world.
DIY Soil Quality Test Kit Includes a guide that describes procedures for 12 on-farm tests, an interpretive section for each test, data recording sheets, and a section on how to build your own kit. 

NMSU: Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde (SASC)
Soil health may be the most important factor for farming success, especially in the arid Southwest. SASC offers practical guides, posters and powerpoint presentations, demonstrating that the solution for vibrant soil is growing the microbial community or microbiome.
Soil Regeneration and Health


Policy

How New Mexico Successfully Passed its Healthy Soil Act
Soil Health Lecture Series: In this free, on-demand webinar, Didi Pershouse interviews four of the many people involved in helping the State of New Mexico reach agreement on soil health legislation during April of 2019.

US State Soil Health Policy Map and Database
This crowd-sourced policy tracker is designed to support the growth of healthy soil and related policies by sharing frameworks and lessons learned.


Links

MANAGING WHOLES
A project of the Soil Carbon Coalition. Treasure trove of research and articles related to ecosystem processes, agriculture, forestry and paradigms: “This site is a library of articles and resources about managing toward what we need, as distinct from managing against symptoms or problems.”

Soil for Water
Soil for Water helps landowners try new management practices and measure improvements in soil health and the rainwater-holding capacity of their land. Coming soon to New Mexico!

Healthy Soils Australia
Soil primer and regenerative land management technologies from Down Under, applicable to our arid state.

Soil Health Academy
Learn how to increase profitability, build resiliency into the land, decrease input costs and improve nutrient density of food and agricultural products. No matter where you farm or what you grow, Soil Health Academy will teach you how to improve soil health through practical regenerative agricultural principles.

The Land and Leadership Initiative (LALI)
Online courses include teachings on the carbon sponge, consensus building and the soil food web, amongst other.


Podcasts

Voices from the Field
Access the extensive expertise of ATTRA/NCAT through their podcast! If you would like to suggest a subject for a podcast or just need help with a sustainable-agriculture question, you can contact them through the Ask an Ag Expert feature.

Planet to Plate
Meet farmers, ranchers, scientists, land managers, writers, and many others producing healthy food for humans, for the land and water from which it springs, for the lives and livelihoods of the producers, and for the planet. Produced by the Quivira Coalition with host Mary-Charlotte Domandi.

Taos Land Trust Podcast
The NM Healthy Soil Initiative–Regenerative Agriculture for a Better Future. Host Jim O’Donnell talks with Isabelle Jenniches of the NM Healthy Soils Initiative and rancher Tommy Casados of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico.

Resiliency Through Agriculture
The official Intertribal Agriculture Council Podcast! Sit down with special guests and soak in the wisdom, rooted in traditional values, promoting Indian Country’s “Resiliency Through Agriculture”.

Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Host Koen van Seijen explores how investments can work to regenerate soil, people, local communities and ecosystems while making an appropriate and fair return.

Soil Works, Correct the Cause
Correct the causes of soil degradation rather than reacting to the symptom. Learn to get a head start on critical problems from Glen Rabenberg, founder and owner of Soil Works, in 10 minutes episodes. Hosted by Ryan Slabaugh, publisher of Acres U.S.A.

Talking Smart Soil, Ear to the Ground
Land Stewardship Project’s Ear to the Ground podcast features interviews and presentations related to sustainable agriculture, rural development, local food and farming systems, agricultural policy and social justice. Browse this selection of short 15 minute podcasts related to soil health.

Fresh Growth
Produced by Western SARE Fresh Growth features farmers and ranchers from around the western United States who are finding innovative sustainable practices that enrich the natural resources we all care about.

Working Cows Podcast
Hosted by South Dakota pastor and rancher Clay Conry. Clay calls the podcast “Your weekly dose of out of the box thinking –Giving you something to think about as you seek to maximize the effectiveness of your operation and the joy your family receives from this lifestyle.” Special shout-out to Episode 133: Ariel Greenwood, Ethos of a Grass Nomad, featuring New Mexico grazier Ariel Greenwood.

Top Ten podcasts for Regenerative Farming –browse this selection by Regen Farming News.

More audio on our blog


Videos

REGENERATE Conference
Watch recordings of this annual gathering in New Mexico, organized by the Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and American Grassfed Association.

The Living Soil
It’s time we changed everything we thought we knew about soil. Let’s make this the century of living soil. Free to watch online, one hour documentary, produced by the Soil Health Institute.

Intertribal Food Summit 2020
Recordings of the virtual summit, featuring a tribal producer panel and policy roundtable among many other topics.

Regenerative Ag Webinar Series
Part of the excellent Our Regenerative Future project, coming out of New Zealand.

More videos on our blog


Books

Living from Livestock
Sam Bingham wrote this short book for Navajo country in 1984. Though one or two items are outdated (such as the recommendation to build radial grazing cells) it is a wonderfully illustrated and trenchant introduction to the relationship of grazing to ecosystem function in an arid environment.
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The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security by Eric Toensmeier

More books on our blog


Magazines

Acres U.S.A.
Subscribe to Acres U.S.A. magazine. A comprehensive guide to sustainable agriculture: “Sustainable farming — we call it “eco-agriculture” because it’s both ecological and economical — represents the real revolution in food cultivation.”
ACRES USA Young Farmer Appreciation Tool Kit includes a free magazine and several talks, all together adding up to 4-5 hours of listening and reading about soil health.

On Pasture
On Pasture is a subscriber and sponsor supported weekly, online magazine for graziers. Each week they publish 5 to 7 articles, translating research and experience into practices farmers and ranchers can use right away.

SeedBroadcast Agri-Culture Journal
SeedBroadcast agri-Culture Journal is a bi-annual collection of poetry, inspired thoughts, essays, photographs, drawings, recipes, How-to’s and wisdom gathered together from a national call out to lovers of local food and seeds. Available for free to download and in print at various locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Green Fire Times News & Views from the Sustainable Southwest
Green Fire Times is an independent newspaper that has circulated throughout northern and central New Mexico for the last 10 years, written by the community for the community. Among the many topics and issues that Green Fire Times covers are local farming and regional food systems, water quality and availability, acequia systems, renewable energy, sustainable economic growth initiatives, educational equity, affordable housing and women and children’s health.
Download free print editions as PDF or pick one up at select locations.