To mark World Soil Day in 2018, a $500,000 donation was made to the University of Guelph to combat declining soil health in Ontario. Under the direction of Profs. Kari Dunfield, Laura Van Eerd, and Claudia Wagner-Riddle, a new outreach initiative was formed with the name Soils at Guelph. Soils at Guelph is an effort to increase awareness of research initiatives, facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange among stakeholders, and to educate on the importance of soil health.
To advance sustainable soil management in Ontario by making research accessible and facilitating knowledge exchange between researchers, farmers, industry, government, and the general public.
Strategic Advisory Board
- Claudia Wagner-Riddle, Executive Team Member
- Laura Van Eerd, Executive Team Member
- Kari Dunfield, Executive Team Member
- Heather White, Knowledge Mobilization & Communications Coordinator
- Lillie Ann Morris, Glacier FarmMedia
- Don Lobb, Ontario grain farmer
- Bob Kerr, Ontario grain and vegetable farmer
- Bob Willcox, President, Glacier FarmMedia
- John Cranfield, Associate Dean, Ontario Agricultural College
- Anne Verhallen, OMAFRA
- Ian McDonald, OMAFRA
- Marty Vermey, Grain Farmers of Ontario
- Angela Straathof, Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association
- Ataharul Chowdhury, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, UofG
- Jo-Anne Rzadki, Conservation Ontario
- Sharon Bowes, AgScape
- Mel Luymes, Ontario Soil Network
- Brian Rideout, Ontario apple grower
- Michael Schouten, Ontario grain farmer
Thank you to our Sponsors
This initiative is made possible through contributions from Lillie Ann Morris, Bob and Moira Kerr, Glacier FarmMedia, The Butt Family Memorial Soil Knowledge Mobilization Fund, and a gift made in memory of Dick and Flora Heard.
This initiative is also funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario Government and the University of Guelph.