Mission Statement Soil is the foundation for crop production and farm profitability. Yet, most agricultural soils in the Midwest are disturbed, damaged, deficient, and dead after decades farming with intensive chemicals, tillage and monoculture. Soil remediation and regeneration are fundamental tasks most farmers face.
This project will establish a facility to investigate, demonstrate and teach use of local/regional materials and farm-scale methods to upgrade soil structure, sequester carbon in soil, boost soil fertility, and enliven soil food webs, using principles and practices of Carbon-Smart Biological Agriculture that are sustainable, ecological and economical.
First year will focus effort to gather, organize, install, and operate equipment and materials for a soil regeneration demonstration facility. Startup activities will develop staff and initial procedures to operate the facility. Research test beds will be designated, installed, planted, monitored. Some education events will occur.
Second year continues to develop the facility and operating procedures, but focus shifts to outreach and education events to make knowledge available to more growers. Short web videos and a Growers Guide booklet will extend outreach and education, augment research documentation and dissemination.