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A variety of brightly colored vegetables.

Got Dirt? How Healthy Soils Grow Better Veggies!

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Get ready for the spring garden season as you learn how you can improve water quality, soil health, and grow better veggies!

Raised beds in a healthy soil home garden.

Step Up Your Gardening Game With Healthier Soils

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Enhance your soils and local water quality by bringing the principles of regenerative agriculture to your home garden.

Jamie Hicks with his family and his 2022 Chester County Farmer of the Year award.

Stroud Collaborator Jamie Hicks named Farmer of the Year in Chester County, PA

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Hicks welcomes the challenge of finding better and more efficient ways to produce food and fiber that are at once profitable and environmentally sustainable.

Cover crop coach Steve Groff shows what is left of cotton underwear after being buried for 60 days.

Dirt Diaries: Soil Health Campaign Drives Underwear Digs Across Pennsylvania

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For the past two months, the soil life — worms, small insects, bacteria, fungi — has been chomping away at the 100% cotton underwear.

Delaware River Watershed Initiative Rodale/Stroud Water Research Center Collaboration

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This project enables a collaboration with Rodale Institute to advance knowledge on soil health and impacts on water quality, including a comparison of till, no-till, and organic-based cropping systems. Related…

Partnering for Accelerated Agricultural Best Management Practices in South Central Pennsylvania

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This project supports the Stroud Center’s continuing efforts on soil health, particularly for outreach and education on cover crops and no-till farming. It also installs conservation practices on farms to…

Soil Health and Stream Health for Red and White Clay Creeks

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This project engages two farmers to implement more than 1,000 acres of cover crops, conduct trials of eight or more innovative methods to advance cover crop and no-till techniques, and…

Jeff and Sue Frey in front of farm buildings, photo courtesy of American Agriculturist.

Stroud Center Partners Named Mid-Atlantic Master Farmers

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Jeff and Sue Frey received a lifetime achievement award that recognizes exemplary role models of outstanding management, land stewardship, and community leadership. 

After 60 days in the soil, very little is left of cotton underwear, indicating good soil health.

Boxers or Briefs? As Long as They’re Cotton, They’ll Dish the Dirt on Soil

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How does your garden grow? Anyone with a farm field, backyard garden, or lawn can find out by planting a pair of underwear!

Linford Weber and Deanne Boyer of Willow Run Farm

On the Road to Restoration

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Learn how far our watershed restoration program has come in nearly 10 years and where we’re going to help farms adopt science-based solutions that restore healthy streams.