NWA Specialty Crop Soil Health Program
Healthy soils promote efficient specialty crop production. Growers increasingly need tools to understand the status of soil health on their farms, and learn how the health of their soils can be improved. This led to the development of the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Specialty Crop Soil Health program. The goal of the program is to increase the productivity and profitability of specialty crop farms in four Arkansas counties (Benton, Washington, Carroll, and Madison) by educating and training growers on implementing specific management practices that have been shown to improve on-farm soil health. In addition, participating growers will be provided with free comprehensive soil health testing to determine what practices might increase soil health most effectively for their farms. The program is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.
- Develop an increased understanding of sustainable management strategies utilized by specialty crop growers
- Train specialty crop growers on implementing specific strategies to improve soil health
- Quantify soil health outcomes based on strategies utilized across NWA
Dr. Matt Bertucci
Assist. Professor-Sustainable Fruit & Vegetable Production
Participating Farm Collaborators