Promoting and improving our soil health to honor our land.


“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”  Aldo Leopold

Leopold defined “community” to include not only humans, but all of the other parts of the Earth, as well, soils, waters, plants, animals, and microorganisms.

Based on the current global energetic, the San Juan Islands have a unique opportunity not only  to make historic changes in our relationship to nature, but also to help restore the dynamic balance of nature.

The San Juan Islands are blessed to have an agricultural tradition going back thousands of years to when the first Coast Salish peoples arrived here and began growing camas.  The history of island agriculture is well-documented in Boyd Pratt’s book, Island Farming, published last year.  San Juan County is fortunate also to have numerous organizations promoting local agriculture and, most important, a growing number of organic farmers.

For years, however, in the county, state and nation, conventional farming has depleted our soils. 

The use of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical inputs has further damaged our soil resource, as well as the natural environment. Now is the time for landowners and farmers to allow and assist natural processes to improve soil quality.

Simple soil management practices can make dramatic improvement in soil health and quality, and improving soil health adds to the long-term viability of our agricultural economy and food security here in the islands. Healthy Soil=Healthy Environment=Healthy Food=Healthy People!

Read the full Draft Soil Health Ordinance here


Additional Agriculture-related Ordinances:

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