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Featured resource: Building Soils for Better Crops: Ecological Management for Healthy Soils

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

Farmers, ranchers, market gardeners, and land managers must constantly assess and know their context, values, and resource concerns to balance and achieve their overall objectives. For many people, soil and its overall health are a starting point and basic resource essential for viability, profitability, sustainability, and regenerative agriculture. Today, there are many ways to educate yourself with books, blogs, podcasts, news articles, radio stories, journals, mentoring, and peer-to-peer learning. Building Soils for Better Crops: Ecological Management for Healthy Soils is one practical guide that should be on your bookshelf and at your fingertips. The book provides a sound foundation for building soil health and covers distinct soil characteristics that people’s management can affect and influence as part of a living breathing ecosystem. The authors also share many case studies to learn from and compare to your context and own resource concern.

We welcome you to share your go-to soil health resource with us as well to encourage further peer-to-peer learning.

Magdoff, F. and H. Van Es (2021). Building soils for better crops: Ecological management for healthy soils, Fourth edition. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Handbook Series 10. Available online as a free downloadable file at

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