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Tom’s Food Forever Method for Long-Term Soil-Building

| 12/3/2019 10:01:00 AM

I wanted to grow my special variety of crossed tomatoes, which I use in my often ballyhooed guacamole. They are an ‘Early Girl X’ cherry tomato inter-specific cross. I think they’re delicious and they are prolific. My garden's soil blended with my homemade composts and the biochar did well. The key was soil preparation before planting. Growing the earthworm farm first before planting is a virtual guarantee of the crops future vigor and vitality.

Then it happened. I saw an interview online with Professor Reginaldo Haslett Maroquim. As a young man in the Guatemalan highlands, Dr. Haslett Maroquim dreamed of getting a degree in America in the standard U.S. model of industrial farming. He thought he would go back and teach his mountain clan these skills to help them rise above poverty. This came to pass at the University of Minnesota.

His degree in hand, Dr. Haslett Maroquim realized that, unlike his Native American traditional farming methods, industrial farming is not sustainable. It pollutes while depriving the soil of nutrients. Indeed, approximately 65% of the world’s farmlands is now depleted of soil nutrients, and that figure is growing. With an increasing human population and the constant loss of soil, one need not be a soil chemist to see where this is going.

"Regi" as Dr. Maroquim’s friends endear him, decided that a mixing of the two methods was in order and began his form of "Regenerational Agriculture," now an accepted farming method sweeping the planet in its many forms. Currently the good professor may be found at Regeneration International, a globally recognized advocate for soil.

Building Soil Using a Livestock Paddock System

Soil not only is like a battery, the earth is a battery — a huge one. When the soil is full of life's nutrients, it can be measured. A single positively charged soil particle is called a “cation" (pronounced “cat I on”). There is a point when the life in the soil has reached a saturation point. This is a high "cation-exchange capacity" or "CEC", as those in the know term it. Arborists use the slang that the soil is either "live dirt" or "dead dirt", depending on the crust's hardness or carbon-richness, as the case may be and which, when loaded with worm castings, looks like coffee grinds.

12/25/2019 8:48:37 AM

There is no mention of mechanical devices for tilling, cutting, transporting, replanting and other chores that must be performed. Are all the chores done by hand? I can't imagine hand spading, raking, furrowing one acre or more.

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