Rich Soil, Rich People (with Video}

| 1/28/2016 4:34:00 PM

Tags: healthy soil, biochar, Missouri, Stan Slaughter,


This is an exciting time for the healthy food movement. The number of tools and techniques that inform organic farming and gardening is exploding. Evidence is pouring in that the conventional food system is broken and the interest in food that can lead to health grows daily.

While this curve is turning vertically now, it didn’t come out of thin air. Yes, Kansas City does have 43 farmers markets and a notable movement well in place, but the meetings that kicked this off started almost 30 years ago.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS started in the 1970s and Organic Gardening magazine started in the 1940s. Sir Albert Howard published his compost manual in 1931 based on his research and influence from Farmer’s of Forty Centuries, which was based on a tour of China, Japan and Korea in 1905. The Biochar Solution, by my friend Albert Bates, details the soil preparation techniques practiced by Amazonian Indians more than a thousand years ago, which hold great promise for the long-term productivity and health of our soils today.

This legacy of information is a treasure to be built upon and shared. Too often we are like the farmer who was asked if he was going to the farming workshop and replied, “No, I already don’t farm as well as I know how to.” The time is ripe to practice what we know. Economics, demographics, and an out-of-balance food system are creating rapid change and exciting opportunity.

As our friend Yogi Berra famously said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” Mainline farmers are embracing change. MCB, Inc., of Columbia, Mo., is now selling semi-trailer loads of biochar to conventional farmers.

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