Nutrient Dense Food / Hi BRIX levels - any one with experience/advice?
Does anyone have any advice/experience of where to start/go with making nutrient dense soils?
I recently came back from the 2012 Australasian Permaculture Conference in Turangi and have been inspired by Kay Baxter's lecture on linking together the themes of Nutrient Dense food, Permaculture Design and the Western A Price Foundation.
I have The Koanga Institute book on 'Growing Nutrient Dense Food', which is jam packed with information. However it seems that there is a real science basis to getting the right amount of micro minerals and nutrients, in the right proportions in your soils.
Are there many people out there trying to do this at the moment?
Thanks in advance,
Nutritech - take a look at their website (in the media section) and subscribe to the newsletter and see if you can find anything by Graeme Sait on the internet. They sell brix meters and do lots of work on soil improvements. He knows the science.
I think the soil food web people also know about this http://www.soilfoodweb.co.nz/
Are you in NZ Doug? Might be worth paying someone to come and teach you, or ask one of the Koanga people for a consult. There's been discussion in NZ Organics magazine, so there might be some contacts in there too.
http://mashumus.com.mx/ in Mexico, currently in Australia doing a round of talks for ReGenAg use chromotography to study their soils, something that Biodynamic groups do as well.
Mas Humus has had great results with campesino technologies that involve diverse green manuring and biofertilisers. They have actually seen increases in weight for standard size boxes of fruit after converting from chemical agriculture to biological practises.
Korean Natural Farmers are another groupd taking a different approach to the same problems with equal success.
Getting the biology working in your type of soil is the key, providing them with food, cover, air and moisture will keep them happy chelating minerals and working sybiotically with your land and food forests.
I've had a soil test done by http://www.environmental-fertilisers.co.nz/, who make many of the products Kay Baxter recommends.
If you're into soil tests, mine was very detailed but clear, and I when I called, they were very informative.
I'm using a couple of commercial (mined) products to maximise my soil's health, but that's a short-term, unsustainable solution.
I think seaweed's a wonderful source of many goodies that get washed out to sea, but I'll need to work on calcium.
Check out bazman's biochar gasifier plans:http://www.biochar.net/fatboy-gasifier/
And refractometers are fun!