Learn How To Unlock The Secrets To Nutrient Rich Soil | 5 Principles | The Soil Health Summit
I am so excited to tell you about this awesome Soil Health Summit that my past guest from episode 253 Steve Szudera put together with over 25 Expert Farmers and Gardeners talking about how to care for our soil!
Probably one of the highlights, I’m connected to productive agriculture
4 guys traveling the U.S. on a pretty massive scale! These guys have been 20-30 years of soil health on their farming and ranching operations. But in addition to that they do gardening on a massive scale!
is actually at 7200 feet, sounds like it was a steep rocky mountainside. He’s been up there for 30 years he used to market garden as well.
He moved to Colorado moved steep rocky mountains and built this climate geenhouse thing
put together a climate battery system
Kalispell in a school up there.
Huh, I wonder if they did it at Olney Bisell, I’ll have to look into that?
He talks about that in his call as well, he actually grows Bananas at 7200 feet and lots of other trees and plants he grows all year round! It gets pretty cold there. It’s pretty amazing what he does! We have some things on seeds too!
familiar with Bill as well. Both these people work in this heritage seed thing, bringing seeds to people!
more Bill McDorman talks about adapting seeds to area is so crucial! Looking for that seed!
You might be looking for as well. With your short growing season and you shared some things with me about growing in your shaded areas.
It might not seem so intuitive but it’s all about the seed! I certainly get that. This is adapting seed just by growing it.
Bill told me I think he did a workshop somewhere around Pheonix before our call, and he sold loads and loads of seed at that workshop because he’s such an expert in that area and he knows what does best in what areas.
If you go on their website which is on the call, you can actually look at those areas that he has on that map and you can figure out where your at and what seed is reproducing in that area.
Yeah! He was a fantastic guest and he did a workshop up here and we’ve grown lots of things from his seeds we couldn’t normally. Mike get’s some short season corn adapted to the Rocky Mountains and also he grew a watermelon and cantaloupe from seeds I got from them.
You didn’t mention me!
You were the first call kind of cutting our teeth
first into the podcast
you and I have connected a lot since and just what you do in NW Montana with your husband Mike then spreading the word about organic side.
The path to
A lot of these soil experts start to focus on nutrient density and just growing good food through the summit a on a path about nutrient density of food
Dr. Allen Williams in Chico, CA Chico campfire and they were right in the middle of the episode with the campfire out there, and he said you just can’t imagine!
They had to postponed days of their workshop. But the big thing is more about where they landed down there, they were on their drive to the workshop didn’t see a bit of cover crops on a 2-21/2 hour drive didn’t see a bit of ground cover!
There’s a lot of market farming and produce grown there that is shipped all over the country for market farmers. They are talking a lot about and Allen has this farm in Georgia, it’s a ranch but the main focus is the frost health nutrient density. People need to understand
No matter where they travel around the US or globe
If we feed the soil feeds us it feeds our our plants that natural nutrient density back do that through soil health. That’s kind of the main topic that came out of the soil health summit, we need that food to get that nutrient density back
You shared on our call how you and your husband are doing cover crops and different things, just establishing cover crops like you do and leaving them stand or breaking them off so we have that armored layer on top of the soil!
Armored layer of soil
Whatever we can do to leave those living roots through growing cycle all the way in the spring all the way up until freeze up in south living roots
I get really excited with people doing that because that is so
key to live a healthy lives
and there’s a great source of abundance to living we can have!
I’m so glad you said that, and I just feel like its cause of my great guests like you that I have learned all this since I started my podcast. I mean I knew some things, certainly like I said, Mike’s been gardening here for 25 years now but not anywhere what I do now about soil health and nutrient density.
A lot of my listeners are going to know a lot of this, but what they might have learned is how much easier it is to do! I know a lot of my listeners are going to love this summit!
Tell them the details! They’re audio files that listeners can download, there’s the website soil health summit at tabletop farmer and they register and then they can go to the website next week and download the files or how is that all going to work?
I’m excited to listen because we did that a long time ago and I want to remember what we talked about.
It’s a relaxed call and there’s loads and loads of information here.
And it’s all free!
You can go to that website now and see the speakers and talkers! It’s so important I’m so excited you put this all together! People are more interested I feel like people have been asking me more to answer questions and do interviews! I’m so excited people are learning about it and getting interested! I’m starting to get more comfortable talking! I’m glad people are applying these best practices.
That’s so sad that in California they had all that land that was barren, I think that’s why Liz Carlislewrote her book the Lentil Underground questioning if we know these are best practices why don’t we follow them? I think we might have talked about this on my call!
Traditional Farming Practices
A lot of it is just traditional farming practices shadowing what we do. Unfortunately big box home improvement stores have taken the garden industry and they have made a huge business out of it. And they are not so concerned as what’s best for you as to what they can market to you.
I have watched this for the last 4 years and become quite frustrated with that fact. I have sat in parking lots observing on a labor day weekend the sales that come and all of a sudden people are loading up with trailers soil amendments and rototillers and everything they can think of because they want to grow their own food they want that best tasting garden fresh.
They rely on home improvement stores but mother nature provides us with everything we need. You know this as well as I do, what mother nature can do for us!
The other side of it is, I talk a little bit in this soil health summit, and some of the speakers feel the same way I do. I wasn’t sure at first but the word organic has gotten a little too much of a word out there that when people see the word organic they get that attention because people want to know what it is rather then what it is about.
NoTill Market Farming
And some of the issues with organic is that the tillage processes, I have found some no till market farming. One in particular I was unable to get them, but it’s cause they were located in the California fires are, but they have been no-till market farming for over 10years now.
They have testimonials from people who talk about how juicy and tasteful their product is!
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