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Soil Biota Enhancment

Optimizing soil health and productivity by cultivating symbiotic microorganisms.
Soil Building Enhancing the quality and health of soil. Biochar Building soil and squestering carbon with charred wood.

Healthy soil is an ecosystem in which millions of creatures live and interact. There can be more creatures in a teaspoonful of healthy soil than there are people on the entire planet earth, and up to 50,000 different species.

Recent research has revealed complex relations between plants and soil microorganisms that have a significant effect on plant health. Cultivation of healthy soil microbiota can significantly increase garden productivity and resilience.

Basic soil biota analysis can be done by identifying organisms in a soil sample (mixed with water) using a relatively affordable microscope. By comparing organism varieties and density to a soil biota reference one can determine the strengths and weaknesses of the soil and prescribe microorganism inoculants or nutrient re-balancing agents to efficiently improve the soil health.

Soil Biota Enhancment Resources

Teaming With Microbes

This book introduces the non scientist to the significance of the soil biota at and the symbiotic relationship with plants. Written by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis it points towards gardening in a way that strengthens, rather than destroys, the soil...

Environment Celebration Institute

ECI offers online classes on biological, regenerative, sustainable and organic agriculture – information that can be used in soil, hydroponic, or soilless growing systems.

Polyface Farms

Operated by Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms is dedicated to the principles of Transparency (anyone is welcome to visit the farm anytime), grass based livestock (animals are moved frequently to new "salad bars," offering landscape healing and nutritional...

Terra Flora Soilworks

Terra Flora Soilworks provides a variety of products to build living soil; including compost worms and castings, vermicompost systems, bokashi compost setup, and supplies. Additional products include mulch mixes, mineral-based soil amendments, and consulting.

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