soil science

Notes from Fuller Field School, August 17-18, 2017

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:25
  • videos will be on Vimeo.com
  • first field school was about how to cover crop, and what it could do for soil.
  • focus on nutrient dense food led to focus on local organic food during conference.
  • Aug 29 field day in Holton, KS, free of charge but please register.

"Healthy Soil, Healthy Humans" - Gail Fuller, G&L Whole Food

  • in 2000, farming 3200 acres of corn & soy
  • 2011, Ray Archuleta came to see farm, said it was too big, 5-600 acres at most.
  • Toda

Soil tests after 9 years of no-spray no-till

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:23

In August, 2008, we moved into our house on a 1/10 acre lot, and I began gardening with a single sheet-mulched plot in the front yard. I took a baseline set of soil tests from the front and back yards in January, 2009 and began a regimen of no-till, no-spray (i.e. no chemical amendments), no-manure gardening, using only plant-based mulch to maintain soil fertility while harvesting as many as 75 crops for market each growing season. The soil tests were done by our local university extension agency.