Farmer and Serious Dirt Botanics Chief Agriculture Officer Rico Balzano has long been on a mission to improve soil health. When he began working with Vermont farmers through the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Extension Service in 2011, agronomic practices focusing on healthy soils were just beginning to gain traction. During his time at UVM, Rico led and assisted research and outreach on soil health practices like cover cropping and no-till agriculture. As a hemp grower, Rico has focused on the intersection of organic and regenerative agriculture–working toward healthy, living soils using organic methods.
The New York Times Magazine feature, “Can Dirt Save the Earth,” takes an in-depth look at the ways that modern soil health practices can not only create healthy agricultural systems, but also sequester carbon that could significantly slow or reverse climate change.