Who hasn’t noticed the numerous big rigs coming up all of our major roads to deliver composted materials from industrial agriculture’s waste stream? Flat beds truck-in stacks of plastic bags of this industrial soil, plus sacks of fertilizers, other soil amendments and pesticides. Additionally dump trucks with transfer trailers and semi trucks with unloading conveyor belts haul in mounds of this soil in bulk. What’s going on? Don’t we have dirt here, built up through the eons?
But soil like other living things needs care and feeding to be most productive of the crops we want to grow. As we all know that convoy of trucks is mostly bringing supports for quick investment return and most buyers of that ‘soil’ are not caring for and establishing them selves on this land. One man who is rooting himself here and is caring for and building up the dirt on his land is Drew Pledani.
Drew is doing so with much knowledge about and interest in healthy soil. At the June Hayfork Cooperative meeting Drew will inform us about cost effective soil building utilizing local resources. He will introduce us to living soil systems and how to work with them to flourish and thereby create an abundance of plant available nutrients for healthy plant growth, be they vegetables and flowers, shrubs or fruit trees. Starting with soil food web basics, Drew will tell us how to facilitate this process. Furthermore in this time of drought living soil systems are a benefit to water conservation.
Come to Hayfork Cooperative’s Tuesday June 16th meeting from 7 to 9 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse on 7091 State Hwy. 3 Hayfork to hear Drew’s informative presentation and see his slides.