Leading the Way in Soil Health Innovation

Our team has a proven track record of soil and crop research. We’ve partnered with producers, researchers, and NRCS reps around the country, learning and collecting data from all different types of operations—from the Midwest to the Southeast, the Southwest to the Northeast. It’s our calling to make this learning and research available to all, through videos, podcasts, and digital and print articles—and along the way, help create a brighter future for producers, consumers and our soils! Who are we? Check out our team below!

Who We Are

Meet Our Team

Get to know the experts behind Soil Health Labs

Robin “Buz” Kloot, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, Producer

Buz, a University of Cape Town alum and former chemical engineer, shifted to the U.S. for an MBA at the University of South Carolina. Initially struggling with his environmental consulting firm, he later joined USC as a research assistant professor, focusing on water quality. Inspired by Ray Archuleta in 2010, Buz pivoted to advocating for soil health as a key to improving water quality, using storytelling and collaborative farming research. He is a Research Associate Professor at USC with degrees in Chemical Engineering, an MBA, and a PhD.

Gabe Kenne, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Gabe, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, joined as a research professor after completing his PhD with Buz at the University of South Carolina. With a background in agriculture and food safety, influenced by his family's farming history and his father's USDA career, Gabe's expertise lies in molecular biology. He holds a Biology degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Master of Public Health from Kansas State University, and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences. His current work focuses on promoting sustainable agricultural practices and exploring nutrient cycling potential and plant-soil microbe interactions in healthy soil systems.

Barrett Self
Videographer, Social Media Strategist, Co-Producer

Barrett, who attended the University of South Carolina and earned an Occupational Technology degree from Midlands Technical Institute, ventured into the audio/video field before transitioning to graphic design in 2011. He has developed brand identities for numerous small businesses and provided graphic content for major sports media, including Bleacher Report, Athlon Sports, and ESPN affiliates. Expanding his skills, Barrett also delved into copywriting and social media management, offering global clients a range of services from graphic design to videography and photography since 2016.

Joe Montoya
PhD Candidate

Joe, a Virginia native who spent 10 years in Utah, is now a gardener and educator in South Carolina. He developed an interest in soil health while working on a permaculture farm in Utah. Joe holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural education, a master's in applied economics, and is pursuing a PhD in environmental health science. His expertise includes community gardens, vegetable production, and urban agriculture. A significant experience was studying medicinal plants and community gardens in Peruvian refugee communities, which deepened his understanding of the link between environmental and human health. He actively works in community gardens, particularly with refugees.

Michael Sausen
Digital Marketing and Web Development

Michael Sausen, born in Minnesota and raised in Montana, brings a diverse skill set to the Soil Health Labs team, including video production, marketing, SEO, and website design. His background in video production laid the groundwork for his later focus on digital marketing and SEO, enhancing online visibility for various projects. His upbringing in Montana's natural landscapes influences his commitment to environmental sustainability, a key aspect of his role in the team.

Cassidy Spencer
Staff Writer

Cassidy is a Florida native and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. With experience as a copywriter and a journalist, Cassidy is curious about the power of efficient, compelling copy to streamline change in the agricultural industry. Cassidy is interested in engaging the public further on issues of soil health and the broader implications of healthy soil, even in just their own garden. She currently also writes for the local paper and would like to expand her capacity to tell locally relevant stories in compelling ways.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about Soil Health Labs, our services, and soil health practices.

What is Soil Health Labs?

Soil Health Labs is a company dedicated to helping farmers, ranchers, and individuals interested in soil health and regenerative soil health practices. We conduct soil and crop research, partnering with producers, researchers, and NRCS reps across the country. Our goal is to make this knowledge accessible to all through videos, podcasts, and digital and print articles, ultimately creating a brighter future for producers, consumers, and our soils.

Why is soil health important?

Soil health is crucial for sustainable agriculture and a thriving ecosystem. It affects crop productivity, water quality, and carbon sequestration. By adopting regenerative soil health practices, farmers can improve soil fertility, reduce erosion, and enhance biodiversity.

How can I contact Soil Health Labs?

You can reach out to Soil Health Labs by filling out the contact form on our website or by sending an email to info@soilhealthlabs.com. We are always happy to answer any questions or provide further information about our services and soil health practices.

What services does Soil Health Labs offer?

Soil Health Labs offers a range of services to support soil health and regenerative practices. These include soil testing, crop nutrient analysis, soil health assessments, and personalized recommendations for improving soil fertility and sustainability. We also provide educational resources and workshops to help farmers and ranchers implement effective soil health management strategies.

How can I improve soil health?

Improving soil health involves adopting regenerative practices such as cover cropping, crop rotation, reduced tillage, and the use of organic amendments. Soil testing and analysis can help identify specific nutrient deficiencies and guide the application of appropriate amendments. Implementing proper soil management techniques can enhance soil fertility, structure, and overall health.

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