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Live instruction for 2024 has concluded. You are welcome to complete this course on a self-paced schedule and join our next live session in Winter 2025.​​ All webinars are recorded and posted here in your online classroom to watch anytime. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely and may return to participate in future live offerings of the course as well. Please join us!

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Foundation Principles: Introduction to Basic Soil Science and Soil Health

In the first week, we get to know the other participants in class and learn about basic soil properties so you understand how it functions on your farm. We'll also discuss how to identify the soils on your property.

Week 2: Understanding the Ecosystem Processes

This week we’ll learn about the four ecosystem processes: water cycle, mineral cycle, biological communities, and energy flow and how they relate to soil health. Ways to identify how these processes are functioning and strategies on how to improve these will be discussed. This will set the foundation for understanding why the four principles of soil health are so important.

Week 3: First and Second Principles of Soil Health: Maximize Soil Cover and Continuous Living Roots

Using our understanding of how the ecosystem processes work, we'll discuss the first two principles of soil health: maximize soil cover and continuous living roots. We'll learn why bare soil is public enemy number one and how to eliminate it with cover crops and mulch.

Week 4: Third Principle of Soil Health: Minimize Disturbance

Minimizing disturbance is an incredibly important part of good soil health. We'll discuss ways to park the plow and minimize disturbance. Topics include how tillage affects soil health and how to reduce tillage.

Week 5: Fourth Principle of Soil Health: Maximize Biodiversity

In nature, biodiverse systems are the most healthy and stable. We'll discuss ways to improve biodiversity from plants and animals to soil organisms. The benefits of livestock on the land will also be discovered.

Week 6: Wrap up and Review, Questions, and Monitoring

In our final session, we put it all together into a soil health plan and learn about ways to monitor your progress. 

Zoom Participants' Guide

Zoom Participant’s Guide.pdf
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