Soil Health

In 2019, EFAO piloted a Soil Health Benchmark Program to enable farmers to comprehensively assess the health of their soils while providing them with a common “language” to discuss their soil health management strategies.

EFAO is currently working to continue the Soil Health Benchmark Program and support additional farmers to assess and track soil health.


Read about results from the 2019 Soil Health Benchmark Study. Learn more >

2019 Soil Health Benchmark Program Details

Participating farmers receive

  • Sampling scheme
  • Training for sampling: webinar, written protocol, support as needed for sampling
  • Sampling bags, submission form and mailer
  • Analysis of 9 samples (3 fields x 3 replicates) using active carbon and organic matter (value $250), with option to pay for additional samples
  • Interpretation of results
  • Detailed Benchmark Report that shows how your soil health and management practices compare to peer farms and farms across Ontario
  • Connection to a learning community of farmers who are working to solve practical soil health challenges

Participating farmers contribute

  • Method to geo-reference sampling location (GPS, app, etc)
  • Straight shovel, such as a sharp-shooter or drain-spade style
  • Ring (PVC or aluminum) for water infiltration measurements
  • Time to sample and mail samples
  • Detailed management records for the sites sampled


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