Magical day yesterday, thank you to everyone who made it out for our day of gratitude! The power of collective community knows no bounds. These are the places to focus our energy...heal, uplift and bring together in our own backyards as we work toward the same on a societal level. 🔥💯🙏🏻
Happy Monday friends! Whenever I see my chickens laying eggs (or really doing anything) it reminds me how I got here. How I wanted to become a dietitian that is also involved in the food system and agriculture. Nutrition really starts at the soil, and healthy soil involves so many inputs and mostly without human involvement. Animals not only create food for us, but are critical for a healthy food system and soil. Don’t have chickens? You can still play a big part and purchase foods that are part of our regenerative food system. Think organic, think local and think small.
What are you doing this Monday? I’m assuming your not sitting in an egg box 🤣
While we are sleeping, our steers are busy growing! So it’s time to start thinking about with whom and where they can continue their journeys as regenerative beef! 🐂🐂🐂🐂🐕 Thank you ALL in advance for heading over to my story (☝🏽☝🏽☝🏽) and helping us deliver our product to the right people!
Raking for leaf mould making, another first but seems straightforward. These are going to be bagged up, moistened, sealed and left for 2 years...... I know 2 years 😱but as Craig Bruce said ‘you usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for’ Apparently if your impatient it can be used as s mulch after just 1 year 😂 #leafmould#soilhealth#gyo#organicgarderner#saveourtrees
The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is set to have its first regenerative agriculture conference on November 27 and 28 in Brandon. Regenerative agriculture has garnered a lot of interest over the years as it encourages soil health improvement and increased biodiversity while reducing financial risk. Learn about the conference and what it’s looking to address in our new edition. #regenerative#agriculture#biodiversity#soilhealth#conference#manitobafarmers
The comfrey plants are super lush at the moment. I have some growing next to my compost bin and regularly add bunches of leaves to the pile because it’s a great compost accelerator. And comfrey tea is a simple to make liquid fertiliser which my plants will be enjoying in a few weeks once the brew is ready 🌱
Here's an image of me you don't see too often; frustration and tears. As the stubborn climate optimist I am I try to always bring forth a smile and positve spirit, but there are times when that smile fails even me. Because when you find it hard to breath the air around you, due to wildfires caused by a wrecked and broken climate, it's hard not to see fear.
My love goes to everyone in California suffering right now and also to every single human and living being on this planet who are victims of our changing world. Not being able to breath makes me think of what a luxury it is to have clean air, and water, and an environment around me that's not toxic, and that leads me to think of all the humans on this planet to whom this is not the truth. People in Asia suffering from our outrageous consumption where villages have turned into mountains of trash and where rivers are as pulluted as the air. It makes me think of all the people having to leave their homes because of both flooding and drought, and it scares me to think how those people will soon be a lot more.
Being as close that I am to this current disaster it's easy to see the urgency in change, but I'm urging you now to please feel it too! Our world needs change and Mother Earth is literally crying for help. Choose what kind of future you want to live in and understand that whatever you do in life MATTERS! It's not too late, not yet, but it's pretty damn far into that latest hour, so don't be the one who stands by when you knew you could've done more. Done better, tried harder to understand and change. And remember that just because you can't see it with your own eyes doesn't mean people and animals aren't suffering out there from global warming. Our world is hurting so please choose to see the connections and let's come together and work for change!! 🌎
Thank you @instagremma and everyone else who's spread awareness the helpless animals getting hurt in these fires, animals that whitout human help can't be saved. And thank you to @malibumama__ and others for doing what you can on site to help out. It's in times like these we grow stronge together! ❤️❤️
Breakfast on the beach to start a week. #mondaymotivation awesome views from underneath a pandana tree.
Gratitude to the week ahead of increasing awareness about nature our food and the missing links that are vital on the foods we eat.
#soilhealth#soil#farmering#holistic#services#sustainability for a better future for the children and land. We are building solid foundations for truth about food quality and quality. Growth and abundance.
Tag us into your plants that need help and we will send you a free sample bag to get them growing naturally.... Sincerely Derek James Butterfield and the holistic team @consultants_aus #consultants_aus
Seeds seeds seeds. These are just a few that were harvested from last run ;) #dosidos if you remember, we let the males pollinate the females openly and this was the result. Now I don’t have to worry about a shortage and maybe there will be some heaters 😈
So much information to take in over a single weekend! I feel like my head might actually explode!! Here's a taster folks of my weekend at #homeacres with #charlesdowding learning more about #nodig and being a commercial small scale organic grower ☺️
How can data from your garden’s soil be converted into a piece of art?
The primary objective of this #GROWData course is to make learners feel more comfortable and familiar with collecting, analysing and using their own soil and food growing data, and most importantly, to act on it to create positive change in their plots, their local areas, and the wider world!
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This soft, spongy material is all that remains of bones soaked in a bucket with wood-ash and water (which makes lye). I just paid this small fortune of nutrients out to the tree and shrub nursery to mellow and leach all winter.
I could get lost in the intertwining pattern of tree branches growing outward and the leaves, nature’s own little stain glass window 🍃🍂🍁🌸🌿 •
Trees bring me a great sense of peace. The sun shining through the cracks and the way the leaves dance in the wind. Breathing in tree fresh air 👍🏻 what a sense of relief! •
How generous are trees?? freely giving us our oxygen to breathe, to live. A home, a feeder and our precious soil supporter. All they deserve in return is a little appreciation and less deforestation
“In all of nature, tree’s for instance, I see expression and a Soul, as it were.” - Vincent to Theo.
These dahlias aren’t suitable as cut flowers anymore but they are improving the look of the compost bin 😂 now cut back and ready to dig up when the weather is slightly less wild. A few brussels for tea from the bottom of the stalk where they are a good size possibly stir fried with some Aztec broccoli 🤔#gyo#soilhealth#livingsoil
“We are not simply nourished by the soil; we are the soil!” Daphne Miller💫
Science is uncovering that human health not only depends on the food that we eat but it depends on the SOIL in which this food is grown. Modern chemical agricultural practices are dramatically decreasing the soil microbial biodiversity and this is negatively impacting the human microbiome. The diversity of microbes in the human gut reflect the diversity of microbes in the soil💫
“Global comparisons reveal a decrease in gut microbiota diversity attributed to Western diets, lifestyle practices such as caesarian section, antibiotic use and formula-feeding of infants, and sanitation of the living environment. While gut microbial diversity is decreasing, the prevalence of chronic inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity, allergies and asthma is on the rise in Westernized societies. Since the immune system development is influenced by microbial components, early microbial colonization may be a key factor in determining disease susceptibility patterns later in life. Importantly, if early-life exposure to environmental microbes increases gut microbiota diversity by influencing patterns of gut microbial assembly, then soil biodiversity loss due to land-use changes such as urbanization could be a public health threat.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5635058/
This is why it is so important to support organic agricultural practices that are trying to preserve soil biodiversity and grow food the way nature intended.
The O soil horizon may jusssst be the most important horizon to manage.☝️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The O horizon is dominated by the presense of large quantities of organic matter. This is different than the litter layer that blankets many native soils. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Most of the biological activity in soil is in the aerated zone of the soil, sometimes only several inches deep. This is the O horizon! 🎉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Most root growth also happens in the aerated O horizon, again in the top few inches. Keeping the O horizon as in-tact as possible by following carbon-building principles and avoiding the destruction of organic matter is ideal for premier yields and crop health. 💥
We keep our beeves rotationally grazing for as long into the fall/winter as possible (not having the water freeze is the major issue) before they start eating grass hay or cover crop (never grain). One of the big goals here is to have a vegetative cover over all grazed areas at all times, and to prevent the complete removal of all vegetation from the grazed areas (so no bare dirt or muddy bogs). This requires us to constantly move the animals and have fresh water access in every single paddock. (If you used the same water trough/area repeatedly, it would become trampled and mudded down.) #mcintyrepastures#soilhealth#regenerativefarming#grassfinishedbeef#eatlocalboise
Repost from my personal and @ranchoretreatie accounts - evolution of the #karmyafarm raised beds. Before they were planted out I tried to build the soil with a cover crop of green manure, which the Majestic Floof liked to snack on 😂 Since then, they’ve been regularly topped up with composts, manures, mulches, seaweed solutions, crushed eggshells and wood ashes. I don’t really have a formula as yet, it’s all a bit by instinct, but the results speak for themselves - we came back from 3 weeks away to jungle like growth 😍 Time between first and last photos - 17 months.
“I have never participated in a citizen science project but I’m more than willing to do so in GROW. I do believe that science is the driving force of humanity. However, in most cases science is a vague and alienated idea for most people. Citizen science bridges exactly this gap.”
-Christina Chrisoula, from our first MOOC (from Soil to Sky)
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