National Healthy Soils Policy Network
“By being part of the Network, I have built relationships and connections with advocates around the country, and deepened my understanding of the most effective approaches to achieve meaningful policy change.”
- Maddie Kempner, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
Meet Our Members
Illinois Stewardship Alliance (IL)
ISA is farmer-driven and eater-powered, which means we work closely with the heart of the food system to identify and untangle the deep-rooted issues in our food system, and work closely with eaters to shed light on these issues and use their purchasing power and political power to create change. By bringing these groups together, we are able to slowly recreate our food system – one that works for all.
Contact: Liz Moran Stelk
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (WI)
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute's mission is to nurture the ecological, social and economic resiliency of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development. We envision an ever-creative cultural process in which farmers and consumers create agricultural landscapes with healthy regional systems of land use, food production and distribution.
Contact: Margaret Krome
Northeast Organic Farming Association (MA)
NOFA-MA is a membership-funded non-profit organization. Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet. We welcome anyone who cares about the environment and our food system to join over 1000 other members and/or engage with our educational programs and advocacy efforts.
Contact: Marty Dagoberto
Powder River Basin Resource Council (WY)
For 49 years, we have advocated for the responsible development of Wyoming’s energy resources. Using community organizing, connections with scientific, policy, and legal experts, and coalitions with other organizations, we wage effective campaigns to protect Wyoming’s air, land, and water quality and to promote sustainable agricultural practices and policies in the state.
Contact: Pennie Vance
Waterkeepers Chesapeake - Fair Farms Campaign (MD)
Fair Farms is a multi-year public education and engagement campaign of Marylanders of all stripes, working together for a new food system — one that’s fair to farmers, invests in homegrown, healthy food, and restores our waterways instead of polluting them. With support from consumers, businesses, farmers working outside the industrial system, and allied nonprofit organizations, we work to show that what’s good for our food system and our environment is also good for our families and communities.
Contact: Elizabeth Nellums
Community Farm Alliance (KY)
CFA works to organize and encourage cooperation among rural and urban citizens through leadership development and grassroots democratic processes to ensure an essential, prosperous place for family-scale agriculture in our economies and communities.
Contact: Aysha Tapp-Ross
Kansas Rural Center (KS)
KRC's work is supported by public grants, private foundations, organizational partnerships, and contributions from individuals who care about the future of our land and our people.
For those who want a future in farming, who care about the environment, and who care about their communities and their food, KRC offers practical solutions, information, and analysis from a Kansas POV.
Contact: Ryan Goertzen-Regier
Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MI)
MIFFS is a farmer-led organization that supports beginning and historically underserved farm businesses by serving as a bridge to USDA service provider resources, subject matter experts, and wisdom from diverse farming communities throughout Michigan.
Contact: Hagan Capnerhurst
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NY)
NOFA-NY is an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to create a sustainable regional food system that’s ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. We bring consumer and farmer together to make high-quality food available to all people.
Contact: Elizabeth Henderson
Oregon Climate & Agriculture Network (OR)
Our mission is to advance climate resilience on farms in Oregon through collaboration, education, and policy advocacy. We work with farmers, researchers, technical assistance providers, non-profits, and policy makers to promote, improve, and better understand farming for climate resilience in Oregon.
Contact: Megan Kemple
Practical Farmers of Iowa (IA)
PFI equips farmers to build resilient farms and communities, through a shared vision of an Iowa with healthy soil, healthy food, clean air, clean water, resilient farms, and vibrant communities. We are an inclusive organization representing a diversity of farmer practices, operation sizes, and backgrounds.
Contact: Sally Worley
Western Colorado Alliance for Community Action (CO)
Our organizers provide our members with leadership and skills training, then support them as they identify issue campaigns with clear goals, plan strategies and deliver on those plans. In this way, we seek to make positive change, strengthen democracy and develop leaders who will become the decision-makers of the future.
Contact: Nick Allan
Dakota Resource Council (ND)
DRC’s mission is to promote sustainable use of North Dakota’s natural resources and family-owned and operated agriculture by building member-led local groups that empower people to influence the decision-making processes that affect their lives and communities.
Contact: Sam Wagner
Land Stewardship Project (MN)
The Land Stewardship Project works to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture, and to develop healthy communities. LSP is dedicated to creating transformational change in our food and farming system. LSP’s work has a broad and deep impact, from new farmer training and local organizing, to federal policy and community based food systems development.
Contact: Amanda Koehler
National Young Farmers Coalition
(CO - National)
NYFC helps shift power and change policy to equitably resource our new generation of working farmers. We are farmers, ranchers, and an intersectional coalition that works for justice and collective liberation of our food and farm systems. We champion and advocate for policies that recognize farming as a public service, and work in partnership with social justice movements for a future in which people, land, and relationships are respected.
Contact: Erin Foster West
Oregon Tilth (OR)
Our goal is to capture the benefits — economic, environmental, and social — of sustainable food production and then share it with producers. We develop programs and services that make producing sustainable food possible. Furthermore, we serve as a trusted resource in a crowded landscape of food claims.
Contact: Chris Schreiner
Rural Vermont (VT)
Rural Vermont organizes, educates, and advocates in collaboration with local and global movements to strengthen the social, ecological and economic health of the agrarian communities that connect us all. We are Vermont’s farmers, farmworkers, neighbors and community members committed to supporting and cultivating an equitable and vibrant economy and community. We believe community scale farms and the local food and relationships that they provide are at the heart of thriving communities and environmental sustainability.
Contact: Graham Unangst-Rufenacht
Western Organization of Resource Councils (MT - Western US)
WORC’s mission is to advance the vision of a democratic, sustainable, and just society through community action. WORC is committed to building sustainable environmental and economic communities that balance economic growth with the health of people and stewardship of their land, water, and air resources.
Contact: Elizabeth Bean
Hawaii Farmers Union United (HI)
HFUU's mission is to advocate and create vibrant and prosperous agricultural communities for the people of Hawaii Nei. Our vision is a Hawai’i in which farm families and their communities are respected, valued, and have achieved economic prosperity and social justice that restores regenerative, sustainable agriculture and food security.
Contact: Hunter Heaivilin
Maine Farmland Trust (ME)
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances the future of farming. Our goal is not just to protect Maine farmland, but to revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers, and their communities, thrive.
Contact: Ellen Griswold
New Mexico Healthy Soils Working Group (NM)
The NM Healthy Soil Working Group is assembling a powerful network of agriculture and conservation organizations, urban and rural residents, consumers and producers alike, with the goal to significantly accelerate soil health stewardship in the state. We aim to catalyze widespread adoption of management principles that result in greater soil health and associated co-benefits, creating prosperous and strong land based communities, nutritious food, a healthy environment and a viable future for our planet.
Contact: Isabelle Jenniches
Northern Plains Resource Council (MT)
Northern Plains organizes Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life. Our mission is to protect Montana’s greatest assets: the quality of our natural resources and the ability of citizens to shape the public policies that affect our land, our water, and our lives so that we may pass them on, unimpaired, to future generations.
Contact: Maggie Gordon
Pasa Sustainable Agriculture (PA)
Our mission is to cultivate environmentally sound, economically viable, community-focused farms, and food systems. We are just as much an organization administering farmer training, research, policy, peer education, and local food programs as we are a network of tens of thousands of farmers, food system professionals, and changemakers working together to advance regenerative and equitable agriculture at home in our own communities.
Contact: Sara Nicholas
Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VT)
Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition is a coalition of mostly Vermonters, representing grassroots activists and enthusiasts, organizations, and businesses that work with or for the land, water and climate. We are land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, conservationists, authors, consultants, educators, healers, organizers, and advocates of diverse backgrounds. We seek to cultivate diversity in our base.
Contact: Cat Buxton