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People of the Virginia Soil Health Coalition

The Virginia Soil Health Coalition is a broad network of diverse partners working to promote soil health across the commonwealth. We invite any organization that support our vision, mission, and common ground principles to share their logo as partners of the Coalition. 

The Coalition is guided by a Steering Committee of soil health leaders across the commonwealth. The Steering Committee helps foster connections throughout the state, provides guidance and direction, and helps move forward strategies of the Coalition. 


Mary Sketch Bryant, Director, Virginia Soil Health Coalition

Steering Committee

Eric Bendfeldt, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Lydia Fitzgerald, Virginia Tech/VA NRCS

Kristen Hughes-Evans, Sustainable Chesapeake

Mike Kane, Piedmont Environmental Council

Dr. Rory Maguire, Virginia Tech, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

James Martin, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Jamie Mierau, American Farmland Trust

Robert Shoemaker, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Becky Szarzynski, Virginia Forage and Grassland Council

Dr. Kendall Tyree, VA Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Brent Wills, Virginia Association of Biological Farming



Chris Lawrence, VA NRCS


Alliance for Advancing Climate Smart Agriculture

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley

American Farmland Trust

Appalachian Sustainable Development

Center for Natural Capital

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Colonial Soil & Water Conservation District

Common Grain Alliance

Conservation Management Institute

Fauquier Education Farm

Foodshed Capital

Ferrum College of Agriculture

Green Fin Amendments

James River Association

Luck Ecosystems

Maryland and Virginia Milk Producer's Association

Mountains to Bay Grazing Alliance

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) Soil for Water

Natural pHuel

Old Dominion Land Conservancy

Piedmont Environmental Council

Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation District

Smith Creek Watershed Partnership

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)

Soil and Water Conservation Society, Virginia Chapter

Sustainable Chesapeake

Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District

Virginia Agribusiness Council

Virginia Association of Biological Farming

Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Virginia Farm Bureau

Virginia Forage and Grassland Council

Virginia Master Gardeners

Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service

Virginia State University College of Agriculture

Virginia Tech Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation

Virginia Tech School of Plant & Environmental Sciences

Virginia Working Landscapes

Wills Soil & Stream

2020 Farmers Cooperative

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