Back To Your Roots - Soil Solutions

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide producers with access to environmentally friendly products that address soil problems and facilitate sustainable farming practices. With focus on proper soil analysis and evaluation, our goal is to assist producers to identify the underlying causes of the soil problems and develop understanding to correct these problems.

For decades, current agriculture practices have focused on the N-P-K approach to fertility. Many dollars are spent on soil tests, at different depths and testing techniques. Recommendations for nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and trace minerals are made based on the results. There is a heavy reliance to protect the crop from variety of symptoms, leading to repeated applications of various pesticides. There is little regard to the health of the soil, the soil life, or the health of the plants being grown there.

We take a different approach…

Understanding the soil as a complete ecosystem is the starting point of regenerating it. The soil needs to be structured to contain Oxygen, Carbon, and to have an efficient water holding capacity. Soil microbes need to have an environment that sustains their life cycles and allows them to proliferate and grow. Plants need to have the ability to spread their roots and access the needed minerals and energy to complete their growth cycle. Our approach, different from the current "conventional" production system, promotes the creation of a growing environment, rather than a kill and control environment. We support the life within the soil and work to create a balance of nutrients that results in plant quality, diverse microbial populations, and homogenous energy flow throughout the soil.

Also included in this is the need to ensure the soil and the growing environment are rich in Oxygen, Carbon and soil microbes. By enhancing the soil environment, we reduce the need to keep killing and start to grow healthy nutrient dense crops. Weed pressures, insect pressures and disease are reduced, compaction is eliminated and plants begin to develop their own defences.

Education is a vital part of what we do. Each year, we spend many hours co-ordinating and planning meetings, conferences and field walks to help educate producers and consumers alike about healthy soils and even more important, healthy food.

Learning about nature, the systems and ecosystems that are innately present and how each interacts with each other is extremely complex. Each action results in another reaction and so it goes. By gaining a basic awareness or understanding of how intricate and delicate, yet durable and resilient our earth is, one starts to realize how it's nothing short of miraculous.