Healthy Soils Program

In 2023, we launched our Healthy Soils Program, and are now offering equipment rentals, soil analysis, and no-till mentorships. Click on the drop-down menu to explore our current offerings. Check back every now and then to see what programs & services we have added!

What is healthy soil? A commonly accepted definition is “the continued capacity of the soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans” (USDA-NRCS, 2012). You can read more about the principles of soil health in Cornell University’s Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health manual – an amazing resource! 

The Healthy Soil Program is made possible by grants from the Mass Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Fairs and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). Donations to sustain and grow the program are deeply appreciated. Visit our Donate page to support us!

“Vastly underrepresented both in this book and in conversations about regenerative agriculture are the contributions of indigenous populations – the people who employed the stewardship model of soil management for thousands of years before being dispossessed of their lands or shipped across the ocean and enslaved.

I firmly believe we owe it to the indigenous and Black populations to avoid claiming their style of agriculture as our invention. No individual alive today is the originator of concepts and practices such as land stewardship, living soil, permaculture, conservation agriculture, or mulching… We are simply discovering what indigenous populations knew intuitively for thousands of years: that our role is not to force anything in nature, but to listen to it, to steward it. In that way, agriculture that focuses on living soil is not an innovation, it’s an apologetic response to the many wrongs forced upon the land and for the attendant harm and loss suffered by many people” – from the Living Soil Handbook, by Jesse Frost