There is a saying that often makes the rounds on social media that goes something like, “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” At SHP, we are on a mission to go far – and, for that, we need a team that extends beyond those who list us on their resume.
There is a reason ‘partnership’ is a core part of our name. Whether we are working with farmers, university researchers, government agencies, state and national level commodity groups or like-minded organizations, we depend on the joint knowledge of each other to push the limits of what we can learn together.
A perfect example of this is our SHP Winter Research Meetings. These events – which are held for farmers enrolled in our program – allow us to collaborate in a number of different ways:
- SHP science and field team members present their latest research and observations, including trends in planting green, cover crop termination timing, and farm finance data related to conservation practice implementation
- Farmers share about their experience, what’s worked and what hasn’t (e.g., cover crop species, the future of carbon markets, interseeding)
- Partner organizations provide updates on what they are doing to further the soil health conversation and why they have teamed up with SHP to move the needle
And this is just one of many events that provide these same benefits.
During field days, we bring the local farm community together to demonstrate soil health approaches. When we meet with our science or farmer advisory committees, we exchange ideas and challenge each other to consider new ways of thinking. And, as we’re able, we connect with key stakeholders in Washington D.C. to share more about our work and how farmers are part of the solution to many of our environmental issues.
Independence is a great quality. But, for the impact we’re looking to make, it takes a community. Thank you for being a part of ours.