BF 110: Soil Health

Investing in the Vitality of Your Farm

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Investing in the Vitality of Your Farm

The health and productivity of the soil forms the basis for any farm’s success, profitability, and ecological sustainability. Successful farmers need to develop a holistic approach to preserving and building soil health and fertility. Stewardship of the soil is arguably the most important job of any farmer or gardener.

Target Audience

All levels — This course is for field crop, vegetable, and livestock producers. We expect that students will have some experience in managing soils, even if minimal. Farmers looking for more productive soils to increase forage and crop production will benefit from taking this course.

Course Objectives

Through this course, participants will:

  • Know how soil properties affect growing crops and pasture
  • Learn how to “read the land” and improve the four ecosystem processes
  • Determine appropriate soil practices to improve soil health
  • Begin work on a soil health improvement plan for their farm


The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.

Webinar Schedule

In 2025, this course will be offered live for 6-weeks on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM (Eastern) from February 26 – April 2. While we encourage live attendance, so you have the opportunity to engage with presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in the online classroom to watch anytime. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish. Join us!

Testimonials from Recent Students

-From this course, I learned a substantial amount about the overall picture of soil health and how I might use that information to improve my soils in the future – it needs to be a primary focus, and is key to running a profitable agribusiness.

-I find it interesting that I took this course thinking I needed to learn how to improve our soils but I am realizing that more than anything the pasture has been poorly managed. I now feel empowered with knowledge to move forward with more livestock and a rotational grazing plan. Thank you for the great course!

Your Instructor

Aleah Butler-Jones
Aleah Butler-Jones

Aleah Butler-Jones is a Cornell MS/PhD student in Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie's lab studying weed ecology and management in specialty crop systems. Originally from northeastern New Jersey, Aleah attended Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and received a BS in Agricultural Sciences with a minor in Horticulture. Aleah's research examines the impact of novel weed management strategies on weed communities and the greater agroecological landscape, specifically electrical weeding. Through this work, Aleah hopes to use weed ecology to improve the sustainability of crop production and expand the control options available to growers.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course officially starts and ends on the dates given above, when the instructor gets involved and begins hosting live weekly webinars. If you are registering after the webinars have concluded for the year, you will have immediate access to all the course materials, and will be able to participate in the next year's webinars if you choose to.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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