Soil health is the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Soil health management encourages our soils to function ecologically well and brings healing to the land. The presentation will review four principles of soil health: 1. Disturb the soil as little as possible. 2. Keep plants growing throughout the year to feed the soil life. 3. Maximize plant diversity. 4. Keep the soil covered as much as possible. It includes practical examples of how to apply these principles, including cover crops, in garden scale areas.
Kevin serves as Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Urban Soil Health Specialist. He is focused on assisting land users in applying the principles of Soil Health to gardens and small farms for the benefit of soil function and the environment. His background includes work with conservation cropping systems in large-scale agriculture as well as 3 years of service in the Peace Corps Dominican Republic’s Community Environmental Development sector. Kevin holds a BS in Environmental Science from Indiana University. He serves on the Southwest Regional Soil Health Team and the Inter-agency Working Group for alternative and organic agriculture.