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Learn what humus is and why it’s essential to your farm – whether you grow crops or livestock. Humus is formed by the relationships between organic life forms like microbes and other organic and inorganic elements in the soil, like minerals and nutrients.

Front cover Humusphere book

Book excerpt: Humusphere by Herwig Pommeresche

Herwig Pommeresche, a German-Norwegian explorer of soil life, graduate permaculture designer and graduate engineer, shares his lifetime of research into humus. Humusphere, translated into English for the first time, digs deep into a myriad of little-known research papers, comparing their findings with the usual conventional methods. Herwig Pommeresche offers an ecologically oriented understanding as a check to the […]

Taylor Walker speaks at the Tropical Agriculture Conference

Tropical Agriculture Conference Topics Range from Greenhouse Management to Soil Humus, on Day 2

The scene was appropriate for the theme of the conference — how to channel the vast amount of pristine natural resources into food, into a regenerative agriculture economy, and how that economy could set the world standard for using agriculture to reverse climate change.

Earthworms in soil

Book of the Week: Biodynamic Pasture Management

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from an Acres U.S.A. book, Biodynamic Pasture Management, by Peter Bacchus. Copyright 2013, softcover, 160 pages. Regular price: $20.00. From Chapter 3: Organic Soil Fertility, Soil Biology & Whole Farm Management To grow healthy plants and animals and high-quality food products, you need fertile soil. Soil fertility in turn […]

Organic vs. Conventional. The higher levels of organic matter allow the soil in the organic field to resist erosion in heavy rain events and capture more water.

Increasing Soil Organic Matter Through Organic Agriculture

Numerous scientific studies show that soil organic matter provides many benefits for building soil health such as improv­ing the number and biodiversity of beneficial microorganisms that pro­vide nutrients for plants, including fixing nitrogen, as well as controlling soilborne plant diseases. The decom­position of plant and animal residues into SOM can provide all the nutri­ents needed […]

Foundations of Natural Farming by Harold Willis

Book of the Week: Foundations of Natural Farming

By Harold Willis Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Acres U.S.A book, Foundations of Natural Farming, by Harold L. Willis. Copyright 2008, softcover, 367 pages. Regular price: $30.00. My, it’s dark down here in the soil. No wonder most people know so little about it. But that’s why we’re here, so let’s learn. Soil […]

farming to improve soil health

Farming to Improve Soil Health

My main goal on my farm is to build soils and grow high-yielding crops without lots of synthetic inputs. That’s why I work in a lot of young, succulent cover crops and put on dairy manure and chicken manure. I also want to maintain or increase my organic matter levels, so I also use compost […]