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Conservation District:

Penn State Extension:

NRCS:

Dig a Little, Learn a Lot - NRCS ​ Healthy Soils Are Full of Life - NRCS ​ Principals for High Functioning Soils - NRCS ​ Healthy, Productive Soils Checklist for Growers - NRCS ​ Farming in the 21st Century: a practical approach to improve soil health - NRCS ​ Carbon to Nitrogen Ratios in Cropping Systems- NRCS ​ Value of Soil Health - NRCS Iowa ​ Soil Health Key Points - NRCS ​ Five Questions Landowners Should Ask Their Farmers about Soil Health - NRCS ​ What is a Soil Health Management System? - NRCS

LAND LEASING AND CONSERVATION PRACTICES

Landowner Help website - recorded webinars and resources

Agricultural Conservation Lease Builder - step-by-step help for developing leases

Long-Term Leasing Booklet & Ag Leasing 101 - PA Farm Link

Five Questions Landowners Should Ask Their Farmers about Soil Health - NRCS

BOOKS WE LOVE

 

The Art and Science of Grazing by Sarah Flack

 

The Complete Guide to Restoring Your Soil by Dale Strickler

 

Cows Save The Planet by Judith Schwartz

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery

Farmacology by Dr. Daphne Miller

For the Love of the Soil by Nicole Masters

A Growing Revolution by David Montgomery

Grow Your Soil! by Diane Miessler

Life in the Soil by James Nardi

One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

Plowman's Folly by Edward Faulkner

Soil Biology Primer by multiple authors including Elaine Ingham

Soil Health, Soil Biology, Soilborne Diseases and Sustainable Agriculture by Stirling, Hayden Pattison, and Stirling

What Your Food Ate by Anne Bikle & David Montgomery

NATIONAL VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

Soil Carbon Cowboys (included in the library above)

The Living Soil (included in the library above)

The Science of Soil Health series by the USDA NRCS

Kiss The Ground (trailer is included in the library above)

Common Ground (trailer is included in the library above)

To Which We Belong (included in the library above)

PENNSYLVANIA FARMER TESTIMONIALS AND INTERVIEWS

Deploy Cover Crops to Drop Your Herbicide Use

Steve Groff, Cedar Meadows Farm (Lancaster County) - No-Till Farmer

Healing Soil through No-Till

Leroy Bupp, Bupplynn Farm (York County) – No-Till Farmer

No-Till Pioneer on a Mission for Soil Health

Leroy Bupp, Bupplynn Farm (York County) – Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Focusing on Profits, Not Yields

Lucas Criswell, Criswell Acres (Union County) – Farm Progress

Planting into Living Covers

Lucas Criswell & Jim Hershey (Union & Lancaster Counties) – No-Till Farmer

Using Untreated Seed to Boost Beneficial Insects

Lucas Criswell, Criswell Acres (Union County) – No-Till Farmer

Farmer Profile: Dave Graybill

Dave Graybill, Red Sunset Farm (Juniata County) – Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Fine-Tuning Fertility for Top Yields

Dean James, Don Cotner Farms (Northumberland County) – No-Till Farmer

Connections Between Soil Health & Nutrition

Jennifer Montgomery & Greg Boulos, Blackberry Meadows Farm – Pasa Sustainable Agriculture

NRCS showcase

Jim Harbach, Schrack Farms (Clinton County)

Mimicking Natural Systems

Jim Harbach, Schrack Farms (Clinton County) – Dairy Herd

Harvesting Sunlight to Feed Soils

Jim Harbach, Schrack Farms (Clinton County) – No-Till Farmer

Planning and Research is Necessary for No-Till Success

Jim Hershey, Hershey Farms  (Lancaster County) – No-Till Farmer

60” Corn Rows Make Space for Cover Crops

Ben Peckman, Slate Ridge Farm (Franklin County) – Farm Progress

Water In, Slugs Out, Inputs Down, Profits Up

Ben Peckman, Slate Ridge Farm (Franklin County) – No-Till Farmer

Feeding Worms, Microbial 'Livestock' Transforms No-Till Fields

Dave McLaughlin, Little Germany Farm (Perry County) - Cover Crop Strategies

Behind the Scenes with a Local Beef Farmer

Dave & Holly Albert, Misty Mountain Farms (Lycoming County) - Dirt to Dinner

  • FACT SHEETS
    Dig a Little, Learn a Lot - NRCS ​ Healthy Soils Are Full of Life - NRCS ​ Principals for High Functioning Soils - NRCS ​ Healthy, Productive Soils Checklist for Growers - NRCS ​ Farming in the 21st Century: a practical approach to improve soil health - NRCS ​ Carbon to Nitrogen Ratios in Cropping Systems- NRCS ​ Value of Soil Health - NRCS Iowa ​ Soil Health Key Points - NRCS ​ Five Questions Landowners Should Ask Their Farmers about Soil Health - NRCS ​ What is a Soil Health Management System? - NRCS
  • ASSESSMENT TOOLS
    NRCS Cropland In-Field Soil Health Assessment NRCS Tech Note for cropland in-field assessment NRCS Cropland In-Field Assessment video ​ NRCS Pasture Condition Score Sheet NRCS Residue Evaluation Maryland Soil Health Assessment South Dakota Soil Health Assessment Card Soil Health Indicators - quick photo reference ​ Soil Health Indicators & Tests - NCAT ​ Estimating Soil Texture by Feel ​ Field Slump Test video
  • GENERAL RESOURCES
    Soil Health in Field & Forage Crop Production (Higher Quality PDF or Faster Download PDF) ​ The ABCs of Soil Health- NRCS CBF Rainfall simulator video ​ Advancing Eco Agriculture webinars ​ Web Soil Survey – Custom Soil Maps & Reports ​ Getting Started with Web Soil Survey ​ Soil Health Demo by Leroy Bupp (PA No-Till Alliance) ​ Pasa Sustainable Agriculture soil health resource page ​ Green Cover Seed - Custom cover crop mix calculator and webinars ​ Green Cover Seed Resource Website ​ No-Till Farmer Magazine free eGuides ​ Soil Health Research list compiled by Jim Hoorman ​ ACRES Healthy Soils Problem Solving Booklet ​ Optimizing Managed Grazing for Soil Health - Soil Health Institute & NRCS ​ One Good Idea website Fertilizer Salt Index
  • SOIL BIOLOGY
    Symphony of the Soil movie ​ Soil Microbes Help Save Plant Growing Input Costs (Included in the video library) ​ Beneficial Insects (Included in the video library) ​ Farming with Soil Life: A handbook for supporting soil invertebrates and soil health on farms ​ Farming with Soil Life video series ​ Soil Organisms fact sheets by Jim Hoorman ​ Understanding Soil Biology & Nutrient Recycling ​ Intro to the Soil Food Web - Urban Worm Company Fertilizer Salt Index - salts can impact the soil microbe community
  • COVER CROPS
    Cover Crop Periodic Table ​ Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) ​ Steve Groff's Resources for Successful Cover Cropping (Training Binder) ​ Northeast Cover Crop Council - Cover Crop Decision Support Tools ​ NRCS Comprehensive Guide to Cover Crop Species Used in the Northeast
  • GRAZING
    Building Healthy Pasture Soils - NCAT ​ PA Grazing Lands Coalition resource webpage ​ How to Assess Soil Health on Grazing Lands Using a Shovel and a Knife - NCAT YouTube video ​ Grazing Support & Mentorship in Pennsylvania ​ PSU Integrating Grazing into Cropping Systems: Grazing Cover Crops for Soil Health ​ PSU Integrating Grazing into Cropping Systems: Cover Crop Species & Crop Rotations ​ PSU Integrating Grazing into Cropping Systems: Infrastructure ​ PSU Integrating Grazing into Cropping Systems: Livestock Class Considerations Potential to Integrate Grazing into No-Till Systems - PSU
  • TEACHER & STUDENT RESOURCES
    Teacher's manual for understanding soil health and watershed function ​ The Little Regenerative Farmer book ​ General agricultural information (suggested by a student named Ainsley) ​ Mighty Mini Microbe ​ The ABCs of Soil Health - NRCS ​ NRCS General Soil Education website (including soil-related lesson plans) ​ NRCS Soil Health Educators Guide website What is Dirt? - Curious Kids, University of North Dakota
  • HOMEOWNERS & BACKYARD GARDENERS
    Building Healthy Soils in Home Gardens - PA Soil Health Coalition ​ Soil Health in Raised Beds - Penn State Extension ​ How to Manage Common Weeds Without Chemicals video - by Soil Shepherds ​ Soil Health Academy no-till gardening blog post ​ Cover Crops Are an Easy Way to Improve Your Garden's Soil - Lancaster Farming article ​ Backyard Soil Health Q&A with Dr. Steven Mirksy - USDA-ARS YouTube video Ruth Stout Lazy Gardening Best Practices for the Sustainable Urban Garden - SARE How Regenerative Farming Could Impact The Food We Buy In Years To Come - Tasting Table article Bryan O'Hara | Organic No-Till Vegetable Farming - YouTube webinar recording
  • ORGANIC MANAGEMENT
    Penn State Farmer to Farmer Case Study videos Penn State Organic Crop Production Guide ​ Transitioning to Organic Production - SARE ​ Growing Organic No-till Garlic video - Beech Grove Farm ​ Soil Health and Organic Farming Guidebooks - Organic Farming Research Foundation ​ Rodale Institute Soil Health webpage Los Fundamentos de la Salud del Suelo - Organic Farming Research Foundation Bryan O'Hara | Organic No-Till Vegetable Farming - YouTube webinar recording
  • BOOKS WE LOVE
    The Art and Science of Grazing by Sarah Flack The Complete Guide to Restoring Your Soil by Dale Strickler Cows Save The Planet by Judith Schwartz ​ Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery ​ Farmacology by Dr. Daphne Miller ​ For the Love of the Soil by Nicole Masters ​ A Growing Revolution by David Montgomery ​ Grow Your Soil! by Diane Miessler ​ Life in the Soil by James Nardi ​ One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka ​ Plowman's Folly by Edward Faulkner ​ Soil Biology Primer by multiple authors including Elaine Ingham ​ Soil Health, Soil Biology, Soilborne Diseases and Sustainable Agriculture by Stirling, Hayden Pattison, and Stirling ​ What Your Food Ate by Anne Bikle & David Montgomery
  • PODCASTS
    Advancing Eco Agriculture podcasts Joel Myers - the history of Pennsylvania no-till ​ Rodale Farming Systems: Watershed Impact Trial ​ The Graziers Grapevine by the PA Grazing Lands Coalition ​ Ryan Graham, Butler County farmer: Every Day is Earth Day for Farmers ​ Interseeding Covers Into Corn at V4-V5 for No-Till Success, John Wallace, PSU
  • LAND LEASING & CONSERVATION PRACTICES
    Landowner Help website - recorded webinars and resources ​ Agricultural Conservation Lease Builder - step-by-step help for developing leases ​ Long-Term Leasing Booklet & Ag Leasing 101 - PA Farm Link ​ Five Questions Landowners Should Ask Their Farmers about Soil Health - NRCS PA Farm Link website - land and legal information
  • CASE STUDIES
    Thiele Dairy Farm - 2023 American Farmland Trust Pennsylvania Farm B&R Farms - Boots and Robin Hetherington + Morgan and Kevin Bond, PA American Farmland Trust - national case study list Quantifying Economic and Environmental Benefits of Soil Health - AFT Economics of Soil Health Systems in Midwest Corn and Soy - Soil Health Institute
  • PENNSYLVANIA FARMER TESTIMONIALS & INTERVIEWS
    Deploy Cover Crops to Drop Your Herbicide Use Steve Groff, Cedar Meadows Farm (Lancaster County) - No-Till Farmer ​ Healing Soil through No-Till Leroy Bupp, Bupplynn Farm (York County) – No-Till Farmer ​ No-Till Pioneer on a Mission for Soil Health Leroy Bupp, Bupplynn Farm (York County) – Chesapeake Bay Foundation ​ Focusing on Profits, Not Yields Lucas Criswell, Criswell Acres (Union County) – Farm Progress ​ Planting into Living Covers Lucas Criswell & Jim Hershey (Union & Lancaster Counties) – No-Till Farmer ​ Using Untreated Seed to Boost Beneficial Insects Lucas Criswell, Criswell Acres (Union County) – No-Till Farmer ​ Farmer Profile: Dave Graybill Dave Graybill, Red Sunset Farm (Juniata County) – Chesapeake Bay Foundation ​ Fine-Tuning Fertility for Top Yields Dean James, Don Cotner Farms (Northumberland County) – No-Till Farmer ​ Connections Between Soil Health & Nutrition Jennifer Montgomery & Greg Boulos, Blackberry Meadows Farm – Pasa Sustainable Agriculture ​ NRCS showcase Jim Harbach, Schrack Farms (Clinton County) ​ Mimicking Natural Systems Jim Harbach, Schrack Farms (Clinton County) – Dairy Herd ​ Harvesting Sunlight to Feed Soils Jim Harbach, Schrack Farms (Clinton County) – No-Till Farmer ​ Planning and Research is Necessary for No-Till Success Jim Hershey, Hershey Farms (Lancaster County) – No-Till Farmer ​ 60” Corn Rows Make Space for Cover Crops Ben Peckman, Slate Ridge Farm (Franklin County) – Farm Progress ​ Water In, Slugs Out, Inputs Down, Profits Up Ben Peckman, Slate Ridge Farm (Franklin County) – No-Till Farmer ​ Feeding Worms, Microbial 'Livestock' Transforms No-Till Fields Dave McLaughlin, Little Germany Farm (Perry County) - Cover Crop Strategies ​ Behind the Scenes with a Local Beef Farmer Dave & Holly Albert, Misty Mountain Farms (Lycoming County) - Dirt to Dinner Drone aids in making farm decisions William Thiele (Butler County) - Farm & Dairy Soil health and forage: A cover crop twofer William Thiele (Butler County) - Farm Progress Profiles in Soil Health: Rowan Miller (Cumberland County) American Farmland Trust Profiles in Soil Health: Teena Bailey (Lehigh County) American Farmland Trust
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