Chard cropped again © T. Matteson

Soil quality is the capacity of a soil to:

  • Sustain plant and animal productivity
  • Maintain or enhance water and air quality
  • Support human health and habitation

Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition


The WVRLC’s vision is to inspire and guide Benton County residents to adopt landscaping practices that will improve soil health and the function of urban ecosystems.

Learn more!

Who knew soiled undies could be so interesting?

#3 undies

Oregon NRCS challenged growers to test their soil health using a new method, Soil Your Undies!



Read more about the challenge and results from Benton County.

Prairie Soils for Sustainable Restoration

sampling a prairie soil

This project, funded by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, explores the innovative use of soil characteristics in the selection of upland prairie restoration sites.

Learn more about the Prairie Soils project!

Soil Quality Assessment

The Soil Quality Project provides farmers with a package of in-field and laboratory physical, biological and chemical soil assessments.

Request an assessment!

Soil Quality Network

Stable aggregate © Matteson

A network that provides agricultural professionals and farmers with access to soil quality resources.

Join the Network!

Soil Quality – Student Opportunities

Spring 2013 Team © Matteson

An overview of numerous students’ soil quality internship projects.

Check out soil internship projects and opportunities!