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Our Soil Institute advances the art and science of sustainable farming through education and research.

Our region faces major food and farming challenges, including insufficient access to healthy food, degrading soil health, and an ongoing loss of farmers and farmland.

We need to train a new generation of farmers, advance innovative practices for farmland stewardship, and effectively communicate our achievements to consumers, neighbors, and policymakers.


Improve your farm’s economic viability

Participate in our Vegetable Financial Benchmark Study.


Work together, learn together

Apply to become a mentor or apprentice.


Grow the soil health movement

Participate in our Soil Health Benchmark Study.


Invest in sustainable agriculture education & research


Founding Investors


Agri-Dynamics Inc.

Andy Andrews

Sara & Bruce Baldwin

G. Carl Ball Family Foundation

Mary Barbercheck

Bellows Health Systems

Donald Black

Kate & Bob Boyce

Pat & Terry Brett

Jennifer Brodsky & Eric Theesfeld

Terra & Mike Brownback

Debra Brubaker & Hannah Smith-Brubaker

Julie & Roy Brubaker

Corey Brunetti

Jennifer & Yuri Brunetti

Jerry Brunetti

Pat & Bill Callahan

Dean Carlson

Carversville Farm Foundation

Eda & Scott Case

Tracey Coulter & Chip Mefford

Moie & Jim Crawford

Eugene Creany

Melanie & Mark Dietrich Cochran

Earthworks Natural Organic Products

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group

Helen & Bill Elkins

E-Tech Industrial Corp.

The Fertrell Company

Four Seasons Produce, Inc.

Fullers Overlook Farm

Brian Futhey

Lyn Garling & Patty Neiner

Barbara & Charles Gerlach

Aimee & John Good

Jennifer Halpin & Matt Steiman

Mena Hautau & Steve Debroux

Debra & Wayne Herring Sr.

Julie & Nathan Holmes

Todd & John Hopkins

Eleanor & Stock Illoway

Sukey & John Jamison

Kimberton Whole Foods

Christine & William Kitsch

Mary & Aaron Kolb

Becky & Don Kretschmann

Dave & Sonya Kunkle

Lady Moon Farms

Jennifer & Ted LeBow

Glenna Malcolm & Franklin Egan

Regina Marinelli

The Martin Family Foundation

Mary-Howell & Klaas Martens

Fran McDermid & Sylvia Feldman

Wendy & Wade McDevitt

MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Dianne & Kim Miller

Susan & Ken Miller

Jamie Moore

Jessica & Jonathan Moore

Libby & Dave Mortensen

National Farmers Union

Natural Dairy Products

Anne & Eric Nordell

One Straw Farm

Organic Valley/Cropp Cooperative Inc.

Claire & Rusty Orner Family

Paragon Foods

Philly CowShare

Bernadine & Raymond Prince

Rita Resick & Rick Stafford

Terry & David Rice

Marti & Bill Roberts

Audrey Gay Rodgers

John Rodgers

Charlotte & Henry Rosenberger

Marjorie Roswell

Carolyn Sachs

Susan & Don Sauter

Anna Santini & Brooks Miller

Louise Schorn Smith

Heidi Secord & Gary Bloss

The Seeley Family

Michelle & Micki Slingerland

Catherine & John Smith

Christine & Lawrence Smith Charitable Trust

Jessie L. Smith

Lauren & Ian Smith

Paula & Brian Snyder

Sandy & Gary Sojka

Sota Construction

Karen & Ron Stark

David Tait Memorial

Three Springs Fruit Farm

Candy & Lloyd Traven

United Organic Services

Victory Brewing Company

Violet Rose Farm

Eliza Walbridge

Walbridge Family Foundation

Walnut Acres Foundation

Ward Sinclair Memorial

Wayne County Grown

Wegmans Food Market Inc.

The Weston A. Price Foundation

WhiteWave Foods

Gary Zimmer

Anonymous - 3


Austelle Foundation

Claneil Foundation

Farm Aid

The Heinz Endowments

Hillman Foundation

Laurel Foundation

Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture

William Penn Foundation

US Dept. of Agriculture