Mushroom Compost Q&A

  Jacob Chalfin, Laurel Valley Soils Did you know that Pennsylvania mushroom farmers lead the U.S. in mushroom production? This means that the rest of Pennsylvania’s farmers have ready access to post-production mushroom compost—a valuable organic resource. Like other kinds of compost, mushroom compost can be a useful tool for improving soil health by providing […]

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Exploring Connections Between Soil Health & Nutrition at Blackberry Meadows Farm

By Dr. Franklin Egan, Director of Education This is the third installment of a blog series on soil health challenges and innovations revealed through three case studies that are part of our ongoing Soil Health Benchmark Study, a citizen-science project we began in Pennsylvania in 2016. Read previous installments: “Too Much of a Good Thing: […]

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Stuck in a Rut: Stagnant Organic Matter Levels at Bending Bridge Farm

By Dr. Franklin Egan, Director of Education This is the second installment of a blog series on soil health challenges and innovations revealed through three case studies that are part of our ongoing Soil Health Benchmark Study, a citizen-science project we began in Pennsylvania in 2016. Read the first installment: “Too Much of a Good […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing: Compost Brings Phosphorus Challenges to Red Earth Farm

By Dr. Franklin Egan, PASA This is the first installment of a blog series on soil health challenges and innovations revealed through three case studies that are part of our ongoing Soil Health Benchmark Study, a citizen-science project we began in 2016. On a chilly day this past March, several members of our staff and […]

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Setting and Exceeding Benchmarks for Soil Health

By Franklin Egan, Director of Education New research documents benefits of organic farming for soil health and helps farmers track progress in soil stewardship. Soil health is the foundation of productivity and profitability on any farm. While most farms regularly test their soils, it can be challenging to put results in a meaningful context. For […]

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