The quality of soil changes rapidly under human activity. Farming practices can change soil quality for the better or for
the worse.

Soil health is determined by its capacity to function within ecosystem boundaries to sustain biological productivity,
maintain environmental quality, and promote plant and animal health.

Deterioration is mainly caused through erosion by wind and water, loss of organic matter and biological activity, breakdown of soil structure, salinisation, net loss of nutrients, and chemical contamination. The consequences of soil health deterioration are declining soil fertility and productivity.

The Hort360 Soil module aims to help you better understand your soil with the aim of increasing yields and reducing
unnecessary expenses.

It provides guidance on how to achieve optimal soil health and therefore prevent decline in productivity. It also aims to prevent erosion and loss of valuable soil from farm land.

Hort360 is the best management practice program for horticulture. It is an online risk assessment tool designed to give you a 360-degree view of your farm business operation. You are able to access Hort360 via a Growcom facilitator
and/or via your own login (just complete and submit the registration form – – if you do not
already have a login).

By participating in Hort360 you will have the opportunity to access on-farm technical support, on-farm training,
professional networks and certification against Freshcare Environmental. All this will enable you to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, improve productivity and product quality, and build wealth.