This year's conference is a series of videos from local producers, researchers, and organizations highlighting projects focused on improving soil health.
Like many other gatherings in 2020, the Soil Revolution Conference is canceled. To keep the momentum going and continue to encourage improved soil health, the Soil Revolution Conference partnered with local soil health advocates to produce a series of short videos highlighting soil health projects and progressive producers in Boulder County and beyond. Videos will highlight Boulder County farmers, programs and projects, statewide initiatives, and regional research projects.
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#6 McCauley Family Farm
Marcus McCauley of McCauley Family Farm in Longmont, Colorado discusses the mobile infrastructure purchased with assistance from Boulder County's Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund Program to employ multispecies grazing to rehabilitate degraded land. Marcus purchased a solar unit, shade structure and water trailer to provide reliable shade and water, as well as protection from predation, for better animal performance, better land utilization, better farm profitability and better soils.
#5 Farmers Advancing Regenerative Management Systems
The Farms: Farmers Advancing Regenerative Agriculture project will support producers in the CO high plains by providing incentive payments to create and implement comprehensive soil health management plans, facilitating farmer to farmer mentoring programs and conducting a thorough evaluation of soil health, nutrient density, economic factors and social outcomes to participating farms.
#4 Welcome to Long's Gardens!
Long’s Gardens is a third generation, family owned and operated iris farm in the middle of Boulder. Learn about their land preservation efforts, implementation of soil health practices as well as community outreach and educational programs.
#3 Citizen Science Soil Health Project Update
Elizabeth Black discusses her Citizen Science Soil Health Project, a ten-year long grower-driven effort to help local producers in the Boulder Valley become more invested in their soils by providing an annual Haney soil test and training on interpretation of soil tests. She developed a color-coded report to help growers understand their soil test results individually, as well as compared to their peers. Elizabeth is still analyzing data from 2020, but has summarized data from 2019.
#2 Adapting Regenerative Ag Principles to Dryland Systems of the High Plains
CSU Associate Professor Meagan Schipanski highlights the findings from her on-farm research project adapting regenerative ag principles to dryland systems of the High Plains. This project was producer driven and systems based, focused in a highly variable and low rainfall environment, with producers committed to soil health while balancing the short and long term economics.
#1 Bennett Property Carbon Farming Project
This video provides an update on the City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks carbon farming and restoration project on the Bennett property. Due to lack of forage production and eroded soils, this property has not been leased since 2017. 2020 marked the third year of intensive management intervention to try to stabilize the soils with vegetative cover. Results and lessons learned are summarized in the video.