Our understanding of the core management principles has deepened over time and we understand that regenerative agricultural systems strengthen the vitality and resilience of individual farms, our agricultural economy, and our environment. Working in concert with agricultural producers, this diverse team has begun making lasting changes on the landscape. The Virginia Soil Health Coalition envisions healthy soil supporting productive farms, thriving ecosystems, and resilient communities.To realize this vision, the Coalition works to strengthen and support a broad, collaborative network that improves and expands soil health across all of Virginia's landscapes.
USDA NRCS first established the Virginia Soil Health Coalition when the agency launched its soil health initiative in 2013. NRCS invited this loose affiliation of partners to submit signed letters to the state conservationist, endorsing implementation of four core soil health management principles when compatible with a land manager’s goals and operation. Numerous Virginia organizations joined forces to communicate the benefits of practices that improve soil structure, water holding capacity and organic matter. Though the original VSHC itself had no formal structure or officers, the individual partners accomplished a great deal in those early years. Many of the original partners collaborated with Virginia NRCS on Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) projects to research, demonstrate or promote one or more aspects of soil health implementation.
Using a roller/crimper to kill cover crops helps with weed control and provides maximum erosion protection.
We believe in...
Leveraging the power of a network that represents all of Virginia's diverse landscapes and communities.
Pursuing and sharing new and innovative science-based solutions.
Enhancing the resilience, productivity, and profitability of Virginia's farms.
Including and engaging all people who care for Virginia's lands, especially those who have been historically marginalized.
Protecting and nourishing Virginia's soil to benefit future generations of people, farms, communities and natural resources.
Managed grazing improves overall soil quality leading to better forage.