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ICYMI: Measuring Healthy Soils & Ecological Outcomes Webinar from Northeast Healthy Soils Network

In case you missed it: check out the Northeast Healthy Soils Network webinar on measuring healthy soils and ecological outcomes.

In this event from the Northeast Healthy Soils Network 2021 webinar series, practitioners from across the region provide insight into a diversity of approaches and perspectives on measuring healthy soils and associated outcomes on farms in the Northeast. Panelists explore the gaps in our collective understandings of soil health, highlight important opportunities behind farmer-driven inquiry, and discuss new research projects to link soil health, ecosystem services, and farm viability.

Panelists from across multiple northeastern states discuss the work that they are doing and pose important questions for future research and understanding. This webinar is a great watch for anyone interested to understand where research stands today and where it might go in the future in the field of soil health and its important impacts on the ecosystems around us.

Welcome & opening remarks

  • Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont (UVM)


  • Heather Darby, Extension Professor, Agronomy Specialist, Gund Fellow, UVM


  • Briana Alfaro, Soil Carbon Field Researcher, Soul Fire Farm; Farmer & Owner, Sun Heart Farm

  • Julie Davenson, Executive Director, Stonewall Farm

  • Joshua Faulkner, Research Assistant Professor, Gund Affiliate, UVM Extension

  • Ellen Griswold, Policy and Research Director, Maine Farmland Trust

  • Sarah Bay Nawa, Research Coordinator, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture

  • Eric Roy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Gund Fellow, UVM

  • Brandon Smith, Northeast Regional Team Leader, Soil Health Division, NRCS

The Northeast Healthy Soils Network is organized by a coalition of university, NGO and farmer partners to bring together research, policy, and farmer perspectives to address pressing healthy soils issues. Our intent is to connect activities and initiatives from across the northeast region and to create dialogue among a variety of perspectives.

The Gund Institute for Environment catalyzes research, and develops real-world solutions to global issues, connecting leaders in government, business, academia, and beyond. Based at the University of Vermont, the Gund Institute's more than 200 faculty, global affiliates, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. The Gund Institute focuses on global issues at the interface of four pressing themes: climate solutions, sustainable agriculture, health and well-being, and resilient communities.

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