why this ecological approach makes sense ….
Why have we got ourselves into a situation where we need to apply heaps of fertilisers, compost, minerals, mulch, and other inputs to grow food?
We’re not benefiting from healthy functional soils.
Our soils may not be badly eroded or compacted, but we’re substituting for the free ecological services our soil ecosystems can provide - recycling nutrients, building and maintaining soil structure - with fertilisers and soil cultivation.
It’s become the norm to apply inputs even using organic practices. Whether commercial or 'home-made', we either directly feed our plants, or feed our soil organisms so they can feed our plants.
What’s the solution?
Using Ecological Practices to grow crops AND a healthy diet for soil organisms. Our soil organisms can then get on with the job of feeding our plants and creating good soil structure. They're the experts!
Think for a moment from the soil ecosystem’s point of view.
Soil organisms totally rely on root exudates and organic waste materials (organic matter) for food. It’s therefore in their best interest to create soil conditions that promote root growth, and ensure as much of the nutrients in organic matter are recycled and reused by plants.
With stronger, vibrant plants - soil organisms get a better deal!
Around the world – pioneering growers, from backyard gardeners to broad acre farmers, are using this ecological approach reducing costs and the environmental impacts of fertilisers and cultivating soil.
At this workshop your clients will:
- Discover how to get their soils functioning again without applying huge amounts of costly and labour intensive inputs
- Use new knowledge to skillfully choose tools and techniques suitable for their climate, growing conditions and production systems.