Soil Health and Biodiversity

Sanger, CA: Peanuts planted on small farms in the San Joaquin Valley organically restore nitrogen necessary for plant growth to the soil without perpetual use of synthetic fertilizers.

Sanger, CA: Peanuts planted on small farms in the San Joaquin Valley organically restore nitrogen necessary for plant growth to the soil without perpetual use of synthetic fertilizers.

Soils are key to all survival on planet earth. They play a critical role in the ecosystem in filtering water, absorbing atmospheric carbon, and storing nutrients. Alternatively, the loss of our precious soils through erosion and chemically intensive farming methods leads to water run-off, climate warming CO2 release, and nutrient leaching into our aquifers. 

In order to cultivate environmental justice at the interface of agriculture and rural communities, we believe it is critical that opportunities be available for San Joaquin Valley agriculture to practice low-input farming methods, including soil building, organic pest management, and other sustainable management practices on their land. Special priority should be placed in disadvantaged communities who deal with disproportionate health impacts of agricultural pollution and poor soil quality. Agroecological farming methods acknowledge the importance of a thriving microbial community in soils, and partnering with soil biology to improve the land's natural fertility and pest resistance without large quantities of chemical inputs. CAFA supports growers of all scales leading the charge in ecologically sound farming and innovating towards scalable techniques that will lead to lasting positive change for the environment and local communities.