Grow wild. Eat wild. Be well.
We are composters, growers, and food processors who understand the positive impact that good nutrition has on health and wellbeing. We dedicate our time to growing food sustainably because we care about human health, and the health of our environment. Our journey has taught us that different growing techniques do not confer health equally. Taking charge of what you eat is a step in the right direction. Taking charge of how your food is grown is life changing. If this is your goal, we can help you get there.
Our approach centers on the Soil Microbiome; the vital role played by indigenous free-living microbes in the health of our ecology, and in the ecology of our health. Understanding the downstream effect of soil interventions on plant nutrition, ecosystem regeneration, and the human microbiome motivates our work. We've learned that by producing our own high-quality compost, we can vastly improve soil fertility and yield within a relatively "closed-loop" system. We use the power of measurement to drive continuous soil health improvements and to refine our production processes. Insights and information from our work is made available to growers through our courses, newsletters, and other educational offerings.
Nature provides reliable soil fertility solutions; now is the time for us to relearn and reconnect with her ways. Cost-effective. Productive. Healing.
Holistic Biological Systems bring Nutrition back to the forefront of Human Health
Conventional agriculture, and the so-called "Green Revolution," has offset many of the human health gains achieved by modern medicine. We see the impact in the prevalence of chronic disease which is on the rise. In conventional food production, an unnatural dependence on chemical applications to goose bigger and bigger yields has degraded food quality and weakened overall soil health. Native soil biology and physical soil structure have been overcome by these chemical inputs. To offset decreases in yields resulting from soil compaction, water runoff, poor plant nutrition, and pest and disease problems, more and more chemicals are applied. There is a better way!
Introducing our natural regenerative system...
How Microscopy Drives Improvement
Using a basic light microscope to assess microbial ecology reveals information that is invaluable to me as grower. Knowing the biological health of my soil and the ecological value of my compost saves time and money chasing after guesswork. As with most quality systems, if you expose and understand subtle trends, you can avoid repeating mistakes and take steps to refine your production processes going forward. The top three quality indicators that I use to drive improvement reveal the following:
- Are total populations of beneficial microbes increasing or decreasing in the ideal proportion,
- Within these population groups, is microbial diversity increasing or decreasing, and
- Are indications of aerobic soil conditions getting better or worse.
It is these communities of locally raised microbes, and the end products of their decomposition (humic acid and fulvic acid), that drive soil fertility and climate resilience. Compost production allows growers to regenerate soil biology lost to synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides, and excessive tilling. It also opens the door to local production of humic and fulvic acids - the holy grail of organic growing.
If you're interested in learning how compost can achieve these fertility results, check out InSoilHealth course on thermal composting. In our course, we provide all the information and tools you'll need to produce the highest quality compost for your local climate.
Micrographs of Soil Food Web and Organic Acids from our Compost & Teas (generally 400x TM):
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