Stop Treating Soil Like Dirt

The first UN Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity is taking place from the 19th to the 22nd of April, with the aim of producing a World Soil Charter to support actions to protect soil biodiversity. You can attend the symposium webinars for free at 11pm (Auckland time) each day of the conference, by registering HERE.

With destructive farming and deforestation practises, we are losing our rich networks of topsoil 50 to 100 times faster than we can rebuild it. A recent article in The Guardian highlights the crisis of soil degradation, and the impact it has on our climate. Continue reading Stop Treating Soil Like Dirt

Phyllis Tichinin: ODPG Conference Presentation

Phyllis Tichinin, soils consultant, eco-nutritionist and former organic dairy support farmer, takes a look at soil aggregation, an important aspect of soil function and health, and shows us how it works. Don’t miss the interesting demonstration she uses to prove her point in her presentation ‘Soil Aggregation Made Sexy: Biology vs Water Power’ Continue reading Phyllis Tichinin: ODPG Conference Presentation

How to Grow Your Soil – A Look at the Literature

An interesting Farmers Weekly ‘Pulpit’ article from David Horwood (Kiwifruit Grower and Beef Farmer) looks at the advice on building soil and increasing filtration rates from Allan Savory, Charles Massy and Gabe Brown, and asks what can be done to improve and increase New Zealand’s topsoil. Continue reading How to Grow Your Soil – A Look at the Literature