Project Coordinators

David W. Wolfe

David W. Wolfe

Professor, Co-PI New York Soil Health

Phone: (607) 255-7888 | Email:

Dr. David Wolfe is Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology in the School of Integrative Plant Science (Horticulture Section) at Cornell University. Primary research interests and expertise include: soil and water conservation and management; plant stress physiology; and new tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation for managed and natural ecosystems.

Cedric Mason

Cedric Mason

Research Support Specialist

Phone: 607-255-8641 | Email:

Cedric Mason grew up in the Northeast U.S. and attended Franklin & Marshall College, where he completed a B.A. in Physics in 2003. Cedric has years of experience working directly on farms, specializing in organic fruits and vegetables, Christmas trees, and pastured beef cattle. An Ithaca, NY resident since 2011, Cedric earned a Ph.D in the department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell in 2016, where he conducted research on perennial bioenergy crops. Cedric joined the New York State Soil Health Initiative in 2017.

Aaron Ristow

Aaron Ristow

Extension Associate

Phone: 607-745-7165 | Email:

Aaron Ristow is an Extension Associate in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section. He joined the Cornell Soil Health Team in January of 2015 to coordinate research and extension activities.

Kitty Gifford

Kitty Gifford

Communications Specialist

Phone: 607-592-3062 | Email:

Kitty Gifford is providing communications support for the New York Soil Health Project. She strategizes and executes a wide range of creative work to advance the initiative’s mission to facilitate farmer adoption of soil health practices.

Soil Health Roadmap Contributors

Government Agencies

  • NYS Ag&Mkts

Cornell Cooperative Extension



  • New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI)
  • American Farmland Trust
  • Northeast Organic Farmers Association — New York (NOFA-NY)
  • The Nature Conservancy

Ag & Supply Chain Businesses

  • Ag Consulting Services (ACS)
  • Dairy One
  • WNY Crop Consultants
  • AgriSeeds
  • Wegmans
  • Kreher’s Poultry Fertilizer and Compost

Cornell Faculty & Staff

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