Soil Health: Conservation, Cover Crops, and Nutrient
Soil is the foundation for creating a sustainable farming
system. If the soil is healthy, then the plants and animals that depend on that
soil will have the best chance of thriving. These links provide detailed
information needed to conserve and improve or maintain soil fertility and tilth.
Alternative Soil, Crop, and Pasture Management: Alternative
Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) is one of several
topic-oriented information centers at the National Agricultural Library (NAL).
AFSIC specializes in locating and accessing information related to alternative
cropping systems including sustainable, organic, low-input, biodynamic, and
regenerative agriculture. AFSIC also focuses on alternative crops, new uses for
traditional crops, and crops grown for industrial production.
Soil Health Menu, Sustainable Farming Connection
Information on building healthy soil to promote crop-, livestock- and human
health is available at this site. Conceived and managed by former staff members
of The New Farm magazine, this site will help you tame costs, add value to what
you sell and keep you informed of the latest information from the sustainable
farming community. http://www.ibiblio.org/farming-connection/soilhlth/home.htm
Soil Quality Institute (SQI), Natural Resources
Conservation Services, USDA
The SQI identifies soil quality research findings and practical technologies
that help conserve and improve soil, and enhance farming, ranching, forestry,
and gardening enterprises. The Institute works with researchers,
conservationists, and land managers to develop these technologies and make them
Agricultural Conservation Innovation Center (ACIC)
ACIC develops economically practical solutions to agricultural-environmental
problems and makes these rapidly available to farmers and ranchers. ACIC works
at the cutting edge of agricultural resource conservation, developing new
programs and incentives to help solve the most pressing
agricultural-environmental problems that the nation faces. This page discusses
their current projects.
Cover Crops for Sustainable Vegetable Production by Debbie
This site draws upon the wealth of information on cover crops to provide a
focus on vegetable production, and give farmers an opportunity to apply these
new facts and concepts. This resource will help farmers to develop an
appropriate cover crop management program for their own farm and become more
aware of the benefits and challenges of growing cover crops.
Cover Crop Database, UC SAREP (Sustainable Agriculture
Research & Education Program) Online
The UC SAREP Cover Crop Database includes over 5,000 items gleaned from more
than 600 separate sources, including journal articles, conference proceedings,
standard textbooks, unpublished data, and personal communications from
researchers and farmers. The information in the database concerns the management
and effects of more than 32 species of plants usable as cover crops. More than
400 different cover crop images are also available for viewing online.
Organics Outlook, California Integrated Waste Management
This site offers information on composting, mulching, grasscycling, and
other topics related to the management and use of organic resources.
Measurements, Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural
This page offers measurements, conversion units & calculations useful to
JG Press Online
This site offers access to current and archived articles from these three
magazines: BioCycle, Journal of Composting & Recycling; In Business,
Creating Sustainable Enterprises & Communities; and Compost Science &