Soil Your Undies: Marion County Farm Women Will Dig Up their Undies

Stay tuned! In the end of July, ten Marion County farm women will be digging up their undies.  Why did these undies get planted?  It’s all part of an experiment to see if they are maintaining healthy living soil.  Also, the undies help generate a greater understanding of the importance of soil as an essential resource to all of us, whether we are farming or eating the food, we are all stakeholders. Healthy soils are the foundation of sustainable food production for present and future generations.

For those who dig up undies and find them not as deteriorated as they’d like, there are some steps that they can take to try to improve the health of the soil. These steps will work on your yard, garden or farm too. 

If you haven’t done it lately, have your soil tested by a reputable soil lab to understand important parameters such as pH and organic matter. Adding correct amendments to your soil can raise its productivity.

You may find you need to add organic material like manure, compost, or crop residues. Marion SWCD has a free manure exchange service and you can pick up free manure in large volumes.

Think about ways to keep the soil covered with something living for as long as possible. Reduce your tillage, many areas of the US and world with far less topsoil than the Willamette Valley have already seen the benefits of reduced tillage.

If you have questions about soil health, we will be glad to help you.  Reach us at or call Marion SWCD at 503.391.9927. Save the date for the Soil Health Workshop at Eola Hills on November 6, 2019.

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