Soil Quality


Farmers and ranchers in Paradise Valley know a thing or two about having a full plate.  There are never enough hours in the day for the seemingly endless tasks that need to get done.  So why would we ask you to add one more to your to do list?


The answer is every farmer and rancher has a vast army of free labor eager to improve your bottom line, free up days of man hours, and build value in your largest asset.  These free laborers are microbes and there are more of them in a teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people in the world. You don’t have to put them on the payroll, you don’t have to feed them ever increasing amounts of expensive conventional inputs, and when taken care of, they will take care of you.  Learn more about the benefits of healthy soil and how microbes help create usable nitrogen for plants.


You can’t manage for something you don’t know and you don’t know what you have living in your soil until you test.  Direct microscopy testing with Earthfort Labs will give you insight into who you have on your free payroll. Are you understaffed? Do you have the right ratio of microbes for what you are growing?  Are they functioning to their full potential?

Soil Quality 101

This short video goes over the basics of soil biology and how you can apply them to make your operation more profitable and easier on our shared watershed.  It contains local case studies of a variety of cropping systems, as well as reclamation, and highlights both water saving and input reducing best practices.

Testing & Enhancing Your Soil

In partnership with Montana State University ( Professor Jed Eberly), Regenerative Land Solutions (Ford & Vern Smith), Earthfort Labs, our local NRCS office (Jessica Mayo), we are providing scientific, technical, and financial support for local farmers to not only test and interpret their soil microbiology, but to do something about it via a HB 223 grant.  To participate, please complete the form below and we will contact you on how to get started.

Participating Individuals/Farms

Local landowners have been participating in this and similar programs since 2016 within the Upper Yellowstone Watershed. Through sharing best practices with one another, we hope to increase our productivity and protect the health of our soils in the Upper Yellowstone Watershed. Optionally, participants can share their data results publicly via our web report below.

Fill out our sign-up form above to Adopt your own Soil site

Currently Participating Locations:

Triple Creek Ranch

Vern Smith Farm

Reedfly Farm (Before & After Reports)

Dave Raich Farm

PO Box 239

Emigrant, MT 59027

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