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Soil Health in Colorado

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Soil Health Advocates - Landowner Profiles


Dale and RichardA Journey in Leaving it Better for the Next Generation.

After having successful careers in the brewing industry, Dale Parker and Richard Hartman returned to the Parker family ranch near Sedgwick, Colorado in 1993. The property has been in Dale's family for 130 years.

"I always knew I wanted to come back to farm. Sometimes I don't know why.... But I don't regret it at all." Dale laughs.



Justin King & Bruce Unrah ImageColorado family's farm operation and future...Rooted in 'the Living, Breathing Soil'

Bruce Unruh understands, the soil is alive. And he’ll tell you that like all living things, the soil functions better when it’s healthy. 

“It’s kind of like when we are sick, we don’t work as well.  The soil is the same way.  If something is off, it just doesn’t work,” he said.

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David Harold ImageBusiness Sustainability Increased with Soil Health Building Principles

Healthy soil may produce quality food that consumers find desirable, but that’s not what drives David Harold’s passion for improving soil health.

“I do it because I like to do it, and I don’t really care if everybody knows why,” said the 35-year-old farmer from Olathe, Colorado.

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John & Lauren Heermenn ImageAn Approach Completely Rooted in Improving Soil Health

He’s 27-years-old, doesn’t own a single acre of land and farms using principles that are virtually unheard of in Northeastern Colorado. So why are landlords entrusting John Heermann with 1,600 acres of their land? Heermann offers this explanation: “By improving their soil and improving the land that they own, I’m putting money in their pocket essentially by increasing the value of their land.”

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