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The Soil Health Labs are located in the Environmental Health Sciences Department in the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. That may be surprising to most, especially since the University of South Carolina has no Ag School! Our mission is to promote soil health, not only as something that’s good for the farmer and the environment, but we also want to highlight soil health as a public health tool. Think about it. Healthy soils and healthy crops, mean healthy farmers and consumers, never mind an ever-improving environment. One idea we are embracing is that of Regenerative Farming where we embrace the idea that if farmers change the way they manage the soils, they can actually improve, or regenerate environmental conditions through less disturbance, keeping soils covered with residue or canopies, keeping live roots I the soil year round and be reintroducing animals into the whole system. While we cut our teeth promoting soil health through video and social media (Soil Stories; Under Cover farmers: Science of Soil Health; Merit or Myth; Growing Resilience) we do have several research and outreach projects that we are doing with farmers in South Carolina.

Soil Health Labs Soil Health Labs

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 10 Ratings

The Soil Health Labs are located in the Environmental Health Sciences Department in the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. That may be surprising to most, especially since the University of South Carolina has no Ag School! Our mission is to promote soil health, not only as something that’s good for the farmer and the environment, but we also want to highlight soil health as a public health tool. Think about it. Healthy soils and healthy crops, mean healthy farmers and consumers, never mind an ever-improving environment. One idea we are embracing is that of Regenerative Farming where we embrace the idea that if farmers change the way they manage the soils, they can actually improve, or regenerate environmental conditions through less disturbance, keeping soils covered with residue or canopies, keeping live roots I the soil year round and be reintroducing animals into the whole system. While we cut our teeth promoting soil health through video and social media (Soil Stories; Under Cover farmers: Science of Soil Health; Merit or Myth; Growing Resilience) we do have several research and outreach projects that we are doing with farmers in South Carolina.

    69 Soil Health Innovation: How One First-Gen Farmer Is Rewriting the Soil Health Script for a New Generation

    69 Soil Health Innovation: How One First-Gen Farmer Is Rewriting the Soil Health Script for a New Generation

    • 57 min
    68 Music with a Mission: Award-Winning Musicians Stand Up for Dakota Grasslands and Their Communities

    68 Music with a Mission: Award-Winning Musicians Stand Up for Dakota Grasslands and Their Communities

    • 37 min
    67 Master Gardener Greg Brown’s Top Tips for Building a Successful Farming Operation On As Little As One Acre

    67 Master Gardener Greg Brown’s Top Tips for Building a Successful Farming Operation On As Little As One Acre

    • 52 min
    66 Soil Health Goes South: Soil Molecular Biologist Brings New Life to Soil Health in South Carolina

    66 Soil Health Goes South: Soil Molecular Biologist Brings New Life to Soil Health in South Carolina

    • 13 min
    65 SD Rancher's Tips for Bridging Traditional Ranching Culture and The Best of Modern Agriculture

    65 SD Rancher's Tips for Bridging Traditional Ranching Culture and The Best of Modern Agriculture

    • 1 hr 9 min
    64 Dr. Dwayne Beck Shares His Top Holistic Management Tools to Transform Your Operation

    64 Dr. Dwayne Beck Shares His Top Holistic Management Tools to Transform Your Operation

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Skeptical of fire ,

Changed my perspective

So much of what we know about fire is that it is a bad thing - bad for us, bad for our farms, bad for society. This opened my eyes to the idea that fire can be not just a good thing but something we can harness as a tool in managing our farms. It is interesting and insightful and most importantly thorough. Though I was not convinced at first, the amount of detail they include in how to effectively use fire in managing the rangeland issues facing us was what convinced me to change my mind.

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