Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils
The Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils was a bottom-up and big-tent organization that brought the agricultural community together around soil health. Among other projects, CCHS created a framework for a Colorado-specific soil health test, conducted outreach and listening sessions, worked with CDA to launch the Colorado Soil Health Program, and developed a soil health bill that has was signed into law in June, 2021.
Colorado STAR and
Helen and Max have worked with Colorado Department of Agriculture to design, develop, launch, and now administer the Colorado Soil Health Program. This innovative programming is structured around the STAR Rating System and includes consultations and incentive payments, soil health testing, research and inventory, and outreach, education, demonstration and communications. Learn more about the Colorado STAR program here.
USDA Climate-Smart Commodities
We developed and wrote a USDA Climate-Smart Commodities grant on behalf of Colorado Department of Agriculture that was accepted in September, 2022. It will expand the STAR Plus program across Colorado; implement a regional research program; and make the STAR Rating System available across the region. See here for more information about all CSC projects and here for a presentation from Secretary Vilsack (STAR @ 14min).