Learning the fundamentals of soil health and management is the first step in becoming successful at growing a crop, pasture, or garden. Understanding your property’s soil characteristics in relation to potential uses can save a lot of time, money, and frustration. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Hands-on activities will guide you to learn more about soil fertility and soil texture. Five soil health principles will be introduced as a sustainable approach to long-term soil health. A solid understanding of the importance of soil health and soil characteristics will inform and improve land management decisions.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
John Rizza is the Small Acreage Management Specialist on the Western Slope of Colorado, working in a partnership position between CSU Ext. and USDA-NRCS. John helps private landowners and land managers be better stewards of their lands by addressing their resource concerns such as controlling invasive weeds, managing grazing, and addressing forest health issues. His desire to help private landowners in Colorado to sustainably manage their land has been an awarding experience during the last 5 years.
John achieved a B.S. in Natural Resources Management with a minor in Forestry at Colorado State University. Shortly after graduating college, he earned an ISA Certified Arborist license. He then earned a M.S. in Forestry from the University of Tennessee. After graduating, John spent a few years working in the inland northwest as a consulting forester helping private landowners manage their resources. He has also been a Forester on the Colorado State Forest, helping manage 72,000 acres with a multitude of interests in consideration.