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Soul of the Soil, The, 4E

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The first rule of ecology is that everything is connected to everything else, and so when any one component changes, everything else changes in response, even if only a tiny bit.  Getting in touch with the "soul of soil" is a crucial first step toward honoring our oneness with all living creatures and helping the long process of repair that a new biological ear will require.  The Soul of Soil, 4E, is an ideal guide to how one can respect soil and be gentle and aware when working with it.  The authors combine university training with practical field experience and decades of visiting and helping organic farms around the world. 

Soil, like humans, has soul because it contains the universal life-force.  This is the difference between soil and dirt -- life energy.  The diverse and amazing creatures of the soul, from earthworms to fungi --- the "microflora people" --- provide the energy that drives our food system, including all of the land plants that cleanse our air and produce our oxygen, and all of the land plants that we eat and feed to our animals.

The rush toward chemical-based, artificial fertilizers in the latter half of the twentieth cenury has caused many to lose sight of the simple fact that soil is the foundation upon which all agricultural activities are built.  This book provides essential information on the creation and care of our most precious resource --- our soil.  Featured boil-building techniques include organic matter management, on-site composting, cultivation and weed control, green manures and rotations, nutrient balances and soil besting, and planning for organic certification.

Contents:  Soil ecosystem, Observing & evaluating your soil, Soil management practices, The marketplace & organic certification, 2 appendices: A. Glossary, B. Organizations and Periodicals, Bibliography.

Grace Gershuny & Joe Smillie, 1999, 173 p, 21 tables, illustrated, soft.  $25.00


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