It wouldn’t be Organic September without paying homage to our bedrock and the foundation of our sustainable engine room. No, not our charming office staff or our ruggedly handsome butchers, we are of course referring to our organic soil.
Image: Our whole mission begins with the soil.
Alive and Kicking
We pride ourselves on the quality of our soil and the subsequent Soil Association Organic Soil certification that we uphold. This means that our soil is derived from living matter or that which was recently living. So, you could expect to find a whole host of microorganisms, helpful critters like worms, and decaying plant-based material as primary components of our turf. By structuring our soil the way that nature intended, we are contributing to the maintenance of the surrounding microenvironment. This is evidenced by the delightful flurries of birds, ladybugs, and bees which regularly roam our land.
In order to maintain our organic soil status, we are very picky about the ways in which we treat our soil. Avoiding the use of unnatural growth enhancers, pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilisers on our soil is best for the livestock that freely grazes the organic grass it produces, as well as those who consume organic meat. The superior health and taste benefits that we so passionately believe an organic diet holds, stem originally from our elite Eversfield Earth.
A tongue-twister to pronounce, agroecology refers to environment-friendly practices within farming. This is a principle that we follow closely at Eversfield Organic and it will forever be at the forefront of our ethos. The makeup of our organic soil means that we are able to do our part in helping the environment fight against deterioration. We plant organic cover crops which actively work to draw in and sequester carbon from the atmosphere which is stored in the roots. Thus, offsetting the rise of atmospheric CO2.
Another technique we employ is core aeration. This involves inserting plugs into the soil to enhance gaseous exchange, intensify oxygen saturation to the root, and raise water infiltration. Further, we use a rotational grazing system whereby livestock are frequently moved to different areas of fields to ensure previous sections are allowed to rest and recuperate, promoting further aeration. These practices tie into our closed-loop sustainability scheme, meaning we refrain from bringing in external resources to further the development of our organic farm.
Make Your Soil More Organic
Although the long fancy words make it sound like a complicated process, it’s actually easier than you may think to increase the amount of organic matter in your soil. Steps you can take include refraining from using any artificial chemicals, and instead adding naturally sourced compost, aged animal manures, moss, and mulches in order to achieve a healthier soil.
With more moisture retained, as well as a higher saturation of air and water pathways, your garden will be thriving in your new nutrient-rich soil.