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Healthy Soils Program

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The Healthy Soils Program is currently in between application cycles.

California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Healthy Soils Program (HSP) provides financial assistance to California farmers, growers, and ranchers for implementation of one or more HSP agricultural management practices to improve soil health, including compost & mulch application, cover cropping, no-till methods, conservation planting, and more. During the last solicitation period, CDFA was allocated $67.5 million for HSP awards, and applicants were able to receive up to $100,000 in funds for their three-year project. Although a future grant solicitation period may not be available until 2023, applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so early applications are highly recommended. If you are interested in applying for a grant in the future, you may want to begin preparing now!

Solana Center is funded by CDFA to provide technical assistance to HSP incentives program grant applicants, free of charge. We can offer help with completing and submitting your application, and if approved, we are here to guide you through implementing and preparing documentation for your project.

Interested in applying for a future Healthy Soils Program grant?

Important Links for Applicants

(Links below are from 2021-22 solicitation period; subject to change in future grant solicitations)

Informational Webinars for Applicants and Awardees

Solana Center presented a 3-part webinar series on compost production, use, and benefits geared toward HSP applicants and awardees. Knowledgeable speakers included Solana Center staff (Webinar 1), Dr. Craig Kolodge of San Pasqual Valley Soils (Webinar 2), and Josh Robinson of Ecology Artisans and the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute (Webinar 3).

Please enjoy the webinar recordings and associated resource lists below. Made possible through generous funding from CDFA and CA Climate Investments.

  • Watch the recording for Webinar 1: Producing Compost On-Site with the Healthy Soils Program (aired 2/16/2022)
  • Click here for resources from Webinar 1
  • Watch the recording for Webinar 2: Compost: A Misunderstood & Under-Utilized Natural Resource for Creating Healthy Soil, Food, Water & Air Quality (aired 3/2/2022)
  • Click here for resources from Webinar 2
  • Watch the recording for Webinar 3: Integrating Compost, Plants, & Water Catchment for Sustainable Farmscaping (aired 3/16/2022)
  • Resources from Webinar 3 coming soon!

 

Healthy Soils Program is funded by California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.