• “Essentially, all life depends upon the soil ... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.” - Charles E. Kellogg USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1938
  • "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."  - Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” - Leonardo Da Vinci, circa 1500’s
  • "Filthy water cannot be washed." - West African Proverb
  • "There can be no doubt that a society rooted in the soil is more stable than one rooted in pavements" - Aldo Leopold
  • “....ultimately, it's not office buildings or jobs that give us our checks. It's the soil. The soil is what gives us the real income that supports us all.” - Ed Begley, Jr.Actor and Activist


 Healthy Soil & Clean Water

A healthy soil food web has many benefits for gardeners, farmers and turf growers. Healthy soil recycles and uses nutrients more effectively; retains more moisture and acts as a filter for environmental toxins. Click here to learn more.
NEW – Soil Policy in Vermont (27 MB),  compressed version (1.7 MB).

Feeding Food Scraps to Laying Hens 

Systems to feed food scraps to laying hens in commercial operations are still evolving. Check out our “Tool Kit” for tips on best practices including sourcing, handling, labor, pathogens and economic benefits. Click here to learn more.

CAV Director Search

CAV is conducting a search for a part-time Director to replace our current director who is retiring in 2017. Read More.

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