This is an essential event for farmers who are improving their soil health management systems. Our instructors are practicing farmers and industry experts. See information on agenda, speakers, the farm tour and roundtables below.

2023 Healthy Soil Summit Agenda

(All times listed in Pacific Daylight Time. Schedule subject to change.)

Day 1: August 23, 2023

1:30 – 1:40 p.m.
1:40 – 2:10 p.m.
A New Paradigm for Agriculture
2:10 – 3:00 p.m.
Foundations of Biological Farming
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Strategy Case Study: Building Biodiversity Above and Below Ground
4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Reading Your Soil: Mineral Nutrition
5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Day 1
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Evening Reception

Day 2: August 24, 2023

8:00 – 8:20 a.m.
8:20 – 9:20 a.m.
Panel: Tools & Technology to Support Your Soil Health Journey
9:20 – 10:10 a.m.
Strategy Case Study: Managing Water Through Soil Health
10:10 – 10:55 a.m.
10:55 – 12:15 p.m.
Keynote Address: Ray Archuleta
12:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Strategy Case Study: Crop Protection
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Expand your learning by joining and listening to your peers over a seated lunch.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Roundtables Key Takeaways
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
The New and Profitable Agriculture
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Soil Health Agronomist Panel
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Giveaways
4:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks

2023 Healthy Soil Summit Speakers

Our speakers are vetted practitioners of soil health management and are leaders in agriculture.

We are excited to share our lineup of 2023 speakers and are continually updating, so check back soon.

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Justin Wylie

Wylie Farms More info coming soon

2023 Farm Tour

The Farm Tour is an optional add-on to the Healthy Soil Summit event. Paicines RanchNestled in the heart of San Benito County, Paicines Ranch is a historic 7,600-acre ranch that works to regenerate ecosystems by growing healthy soil, nutrient-dense food, and vibrant, diverse communities. Using the practices of regenerative agriculture, the ranch team manages this diverse landscape in partnership with nature and livestock to produce 100% grass-fed-and-finished lamb and beef, and pastured pork, turkey and eggs. They also grow organic grain, as well as organic grapes in a polyculture vineyard that is designed to be managed by sheep. In all 3 areas they are making changes to move towards more perennial systems, more complexity, and more diversity.Paicines Ranch is pioneering agroecological solutions to regenerate our landscape through a biologically-oriented approach to farming. This regularly puts them at the edge of research-based knowledge regarding agricultural best practices in modern agriculture. This is particularly true as it relates to managing the inherent complexity of integrated cropping and livestock systems. As a result, their in-house research strives to provide relevant and accurate information to guide their practices and help them reach their goals of profitably growing nutritious food while enhancing the health of the ecosystem in which they operate.

They raise grass-fed and finished lamb
Paicines is habitat for a diversity of wildlife, trees, plants, rivers, and more.
Healthy Soils
Their mission is to work with the dynamic natural world at the ranch to regenerate the health of the ecosystem from the soil up.
On-Farm Research
Soil Carbon Challenge, academic studies, and more.
Uniquely designed polyculture with a partial overhead trellis system that allows for grazing of the vines throughout the year.
Turkeys move across the landscape helping to increase biodiversity, grow healthy soil, and sequester carbon
In 2008 the ranch started implementing holistic planned grazing, which mimics natural grazing patterns, for their cattle.
They use the 5 principles of soil health in farming 300 acres on the property.
Agri Tourism
Tours, educational workshops, weddings, events, and more.
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Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce

Farm tour attendees will get to learn on a 200+ acre certified organic vegetable and fruit farm. Phil and Katherine Foster grow a diverse range of crops, marketing up to 60 produce items at the peak of the season. They are dedicated to building the soil with cover crops and compost.They make all of the compost on their own farm. Green waste and manures from San Francisco bay area cities are recycled through the composting process. Pinnacle practices  environmentally sensitive pest control by attracting beneficial insects, constructing owl boxes, planting hedgerows, and more. 

Pinnacle also works to decrease water consumption and protect water quality by using drip irrigation whenever possible, and other water saving techniques.

They run most of their equipment on biodiesel and utilize solar power on their farm.

Check out this video featuring Phil Foster of Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce produced by New Leaf Community Markets.

Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable discussions will take place at lunchtime on Day 2 of the Healthy Soil Summit. Come talk with our experts and your peers around educational regenerative ag topics.

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