Fertilizers, Natural or Organic?

Fertilizers, Natural or Organic?

An important question that we get asked a lot here is “why are natural fertilizers better than chemical fertilizers?” This is a fair question. Modern agriculture has managed to dramatically increase yields over the last 40 years in order feed a rapidly growing world population. Chemicals, from pesticides to fertilizers, have played an important role in this. We are now becoming aware, however, that these advancements have not come without significant costs.

Microbes in Our Vermiculture

Microbes in Our Vermiculture

Healthy Soil is Alive!! Very few people realize the incredible importance of the living microbiome around us, and some of the most important ones are living in our soil! These  microscopic organisms  within soil are responsible for decomposing organic matter, cycling and redistributing minerals, maintaining reservoirs of nutrients, degrading pollutants, and naturally regulating pest species. Each of these are critical in providing nutrients for the growth of plants and therefore our food! 

Those critters are farming your soil

Those critters are farming your soil

There are a variety of ways of accessing those nutrients — some organisms can draw nutrients directly from plant roots, while others get nutrients through decomposition and others through feeding on soil organisms. In healthy, biodiverse soils, lower-level trophic organisms are consumed by higher-level trophic organisms.

Why It’s Time to Stop Punishing Our Soils with Fertilizers

Why It’s Time to Stop Punishing Our Soils with Fertilizers

In a world where government agencies and agribusiness have long pursued the holy grail of maximum crop yield, Haney preaches a different message: The quest for ever-greater productivity — using fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and whatever other chemicals are at hand — is killing our soil and threatening our farms.