Sharon Perrone

black and white image of Sharon Perrone squatting down and holding a clump of grass
430 Alderman Hall

1970 Folwell Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108
United States

Julie Grossman
  • M.S., University of Minnesota, Applied Plant Sciences - Agroecology Track 2018
  • B.S., Dickinson College, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2011
  • B.A., Dickinson College, Italian Studies, 2011


I am interested in the ways in which science, policy, education, and culture interact to impact landscape-scale agricultural change with a focus on soil quality. My masters work evaluated nitrogen cycling and rhizobial colonization of winter-hardy hairy vetch as applicable to Midwest cropping systems. My dissertation work is investigating NRCS's proposed soil health metrics for evaluation across soil types and agricultural management systems. My broader interest is to integrate science-based low-input soil conservation practices into national agricultural extension, outreach, and policy in order to regenerate soils as a form of community wealth.

Areas of Interest

soil health, cover crops, agroecology, diversified farming

Select Publications

Perrone, S., Grossman, J., Liebman, A., Sooksa-nguan, T., & Gutknecht, J. (2020). Nitrogen fixation and productivity of winter annual legume cover crops in Upper Midwest organic cropping systems. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 1-16.