climate change , 6th X ( the sixth mass extinction event on Earth currently taking place due to our use of toxins) peak oil , peak fish, peak phosphorus, peak everything approaches like a perfect storm we now need to learn about soil. Knowledge of biological systems, not financial systems, is now required in earnest . After the oceans, the soil is the earth’s
largest carbon sink – but a plant pumps carbon from the air into the ground ONLY WHEN it knows bacteria and fungi are there in the soil to trade with!
The activities of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, microarthropods , and all the macro life they support, enable excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to be combined
with soil minerals and made into stable humus, which locks the carbon away in soil for likely thousands of years. Desperately climbing CO2 level in the air is mirrored by diminishing carbon in soil. This situation has led to the greenhouse effect and global warming, and it is quite terrible as most farmers recognize. From the pioneering work of a few we see that lush green food forests can grow where once there were dusty deserts. Auroville India, Portugal’s Tamera community, the restoration of the Loes Plateau in China, re-vegetation of Rwanda and Nigere, Geoff Lawton’s greening of the desert near the Dead Sea and Allan Savory’s work in Africa are all wonderful examples of what can happen when man applies soil health principles to the land.
On our farm we inherited in places the worst possible non wetting sand and on the steep slopes clay with topsoil removed but slowly our whole farm is being transformed from dust to chocolate mud cake soil. Samples of our improved soil were praised by Dr Maarten Stapper at a March 2015 soil Restoration conference in Boyup Brook with 85 farmers in attendance.
Why you should come to Merri Bee Organic Farmacy ‘s
When I show groups the photos to the left of my friend Haydn who has used compost tea for a few more years than us, most people are dying to ask if Haydn is a midget. I can assure you he is over 6 foot tall. His strawberry below is as big as a small apple.
At our workshop lunch and drinks will be included in the price, and will be just about fully organic from our farm. We want you to taste the difference, feel the difference and leave knowing how to make a difference on your farm or in your garden.
We promise lots of hands on practical activities and on farm examples of the soil health principals at work.
Learn all about compost tea…..taking a small amount of our quality compost and spreading the millions of beneficial life forms over broad acres, plus explain the keys to keeping them alive and breeding.
You will leave with a sample of fungal dominated aerated compost to inoculate your compost heap or worm farm.
You will go home with our Nourishing Soil Manual which is jam packed with information: recipes and photos of everything covered , everything you need to do to improve your soil and reap an ongoing rich harvest.
Quality compost works! See the results of our corn experiment here
The cost of this catered 2.5 day intensive soil fertility course is $314 . You may book by ringing Bee on 0897561408 ( night time best) whereupon bank details will be provided for a netbank transfer of registration cost or by visting this page:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soils-for-life-tickets-33881408204?aff=es2
Testimonials on our courses and produce can be found
here and here on our events page where you can read what former students have said about this course.
We hope to see you at Soils For Life, May 20th 2017
|Side by side trial…..The corn in front of Stew did not receive compost tea. The corn behind him did.|