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This website, Purdue Soil Health, provides hands-on soil health educational activities for high school teachers, a photo and video library, and general information about Purdue soil health research and educational workshops. Goals:

  • Improved understanding of the importance of soil health
  • Improved understanding of how agriculture professionals, farmers, and gardeners can achieve soil health
  • To provide the tools that teachers (both formal and informal) can use to educate others about soil health.

Ultimately, we hope this collaborative work will lead to improved, soil-friendly farming and gardening practices thereby improving environmental quality, sustainability, and efficiency.

Soil Photo and Video Library

Soil Basics: Adhesion and Cohesion

Educational Resources

Our educational resources section is presented in two topic areas: Soil Basics and Soil Health. These also have links to other recommended educational resources.

Soil Basics includes lessons on soil origins, profiles, components, structure, pesticides, and ag soils.

The Soil Health section topics include how a healthy soil should look and smell, economics, increasing OM, and urban gardening.

Dan DeSutter - Attica, Indiana

Dan DeSutter farms 4,500 acres in west central Indiana, using no-till, cover crops and manure to improve soil quality while maintaining high levels of crop production.

Jamie Scott - Pierceton, Indiana

Jamie Scott, of Pierceton, Ind., farms 2,000 acres as part of a family operation. All tillable acres are no-tilled or strip tilled and have had cover crops planted for the past seven years.


Purdue Extension

Purdue Extension is a service tailored to meet the needs of Indiana, needs we know firsthand. Our educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 92 Indiana counties. Purdue Extension provides the link between Land Grant research and Indiana citizens.


North Central SARE

Some of the images found on this website were supplied from the SARE Photo Library and Educator resources were developed with a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2016-38640-2538 through the North Central Region SARE program under subaward number ENC16-152, PI: Natalie Carroll, Ph.D..

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Dr. Tamara J Benjamin

Assistant Program Leader
Diversified Farming and Food Systems

615 W State Street
West Lafayette
IN  47907


(765) 496-1930

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