Our Story is Simple.

Healing Soils foundation is headquartered on the 400 acre organic and ‘transitioning to organic’ Rock creek farm about an hour south of Chicago, Illinois.  This Farm, owned by Iroquois Valley farmland REIT, is being used to exhibit the best regenerative organic farming and conservation practices. To date Healing Soils Foundation has supported the planting of 10,000 trees to act as a windbreak and buffer on this farm and plans are underway to share the farm with other researchers and non-profit organizations investigating best farm practices as well as food quality and nutrient density studies to be shared with both the farming and medical communities. 

The house, which will be the home of Healing soils foundation, is currently being restored and renovated and was recently granted Historical landmark status as it was originally built well over 100 years ago.  It is symbolic of the effort needed and being put forth to restore our planets eroding soil.  It will be used for training and education and will be shared with other research organizations for community and farmer outreach.  We plan to share our research on food health with the medical community to increase the awareness of the critical importance of food quality and human illness.   The Frank (and Rose?) Heintz conference room, named for our first benefactors, will be made available to fellow organizations that support regenerative agriculture and Agroforestry and Silvopasture.  Including experimenting with alley cropping where native trees such Paw Paw, Northern Pecan and Persimmon etc. are planted in alleys allowing for no-till row crop and perennial to work side by side. 

Healing Soils Foundation will endeavour to investigate the newest and best regenerative organic farming practices available and act as a resource centre for all organic farmers. 

We expect to host educational seminars and invite schools to visit the farm.

A Philosophy Guided by Our Passion.

We must stop the killing and start the healing.

The application of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides results in the genocide of countless life forms–from invisible soil microbes, to butterflies, bees, and birds. The -cides also contaminate our water, air, and food, threatening our health and that of future generations.

Organic, regenerative agriculture is the solution.  Healing Soils Foundation was founded because uncontaminated living, breathing, microbe-rich soils are critical — not only for healthy food and for our own health, but for the health and survival of our planet. We educate our practitioner-farmers, health-care professionals, and others on the folly of our current chemical-industrial, factory food system, and on the many benefits of a regenerative, organic, biodiverse, ecological food system.

Ecological agriculture is critical to positive, systemic change, which leads to healthy soils, healthy foods, and positive health care outcomes. Regenerative agriculture and Agroforestry also sequesters carbon and can mitigate and partially reverse climate change.
Your support of the Healing Soils Foundation helps capitalize the conversion to regenerative, healthy agriculture that brings soil back to life.  And when we enhance the life of the soil, we enhance the life of every living thing, including you and your loved ones.

It is not too late to act and make a difference for our own and future generations.

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Let the healing begin.

Why are we doing this?

The biggest impact we intend is to change agricultural monoculture.  Considering the Global Climate crisis and the fact that 38% of the carbon in our atmosphere comes from present-day conventional chemical farming practices.   Giving farm families the support they need to convert their farming practices to regenerative organic is an important first step.  Organic farming with the use of cover cropping and agroforestry has been proven to sequester significantly more carbon from the atmosphere back into the soil.  With less than 1% of farmland being farmed using organic methods, the need for farmers to make the transition is great.  There are significant barriers to making that transition and economics and education are among the most important.  Healing soils foundation will help with both. 

Farming without chemical additives and poisons sprayed onto the foods to be eaten may be the most important health concern in the world. Organic regenerative farming has been proven to produce tastier more nutritious foods and does so in equal or greater quantity per acre than conventional farms. 

Our water is sacred and critical for life itself. Protecting it from glyphosate and other poisons used by conventional farms that leach into the aquifers and nearby streams from farm runoff is vital to the health of every living thing. 

How to get involved?

Donating to Healing Soils Foundation allows us to support small and mid-size farms families in the transition from Conventional chemical farming to regenerative organic.  One of the most restrictive barriers to choosing to change farming habits is the lack of financial support and working capital.  By creating a ‘Soil Capital Reserve’, we can provide grants and low-interest loans to support this transition. 

Want to plant a tree, help build a hiking path along the Rock Creek, shepherd a group of students on the farm and more?  Call us to see how you can get involved. 

Our Team

Leadership Invested in Change

David E. Miller

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

After a 30-year career in corporate finance and real estate, Mr. Miller returned to his native Illinois landscape in 2005 by purchasing a 10 acre farm from a family estate of his relatives.

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Fany Bortolin

CFO

Fany has a Bachelors degree and Masters in Accounting and Financial Management and an additional BA in Social Psychology. Her strengths lie in driving financial & operational improvements in both growth & challenging economic environments, as well as creating environments that fosters engagement, commitment, and collaboration.

Her uncompromising commitment to environmental issues, organic farming, and health brought her to join Healing Soils Foundation in 2019.

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Dr. Stephen P. Rivard

M.D., Chairperson

Dr. Rivard earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Loyola University of Chicago. After twenty-six years of working in emergency medicine, he changed careers and founded Illinois Vein Specialists in Illinois in 2008.

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