Building Soil for Organic and Sustainable Farms (E3144)

This bulletin offers practical approaches to improve soil using organic and ecologically based management. Information is provided on how to manage these processes and build your soil for a sustainable farm.


High quality soil is the backbone of a sustainable crop. Well-managed soil supports healthy, vigorous root growth, which improves plant resistance to soil diseases. Building soil requires a long-term management plan to improve soil organic matter, feed beneficial soil microbes and ensure nutrient supply to plants. This long-term plan requires growers to monitor their management practices over time and to evaluate how these practices affect soil quality

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