Fresh Facts Week 12:
The Full Circle of Farming Microbes

By November 16, 2014Fresh Facts, Newsletter

So we’re building this Abundant Harvest Kitchen so we’ll be able to send you an apple pie or a pan of lasagna, maybe some chicken soup. Grind the wheat right before we make the dough. Use butter and wheat, salt and apples, and cinnamon. None of that hydromaloxulated sodium bichlorulate stuff.

Well my oh my, you wouldn’t believe all the public servants concerned with the success of this project! They come from local county and state agencies and they really have our welfare at heart. Of course, they all need to collect some fees, just small amounts; you know to cover their gas coming out to visit.

So we have a nice 6 burner gas stove but the fire guy—bless his heart—was so concerned we weren’t smart enough to keep from burning the place down, he encouraged us to put a hood over it, and what a hood it is too. It’s all stainless steel, 2 speed computer controlled, blows air in while it sucks air out. It even has this fire extinguisher stuff that’s supposed to blow all over everything if it gets too hot. Costs more than a lot of new cars, but Alyse is going to feel so safe now cooking chicken soup under this thing.

The interesting thing about all these fine folks is that none of them have offered to help grind the wheat or roll the dough.

I have a buddy, Fritz, who was raised in Switzerland. He says that every male goes through basic training for about 5 months and is in the military there until their mid-thirties. He felt it was good experience for him and he says proudly that Switzerland has never been occupied.

I think every Californian should start some sort of a business from scratch, get the necessary permits and licenses to operate it and run it for 5 months. I’ll bet we’d have more help grinding the wheat.

So, we were going to discuss organic, biological fertility. I feel this is the second most important thing about organic farming that you all should be concerned with and once again, it’s all about the microbes. There are as many microbes in a double handful of healthy organic soil as there are people on earth.

The seal below this column says that healthy farms make healthy families and what makes a farm healthy ecologically is the microbial activity in its soil. I may call myself a peach farmer, but really, I’m a microbe farmer and a peach harvester.

So Uncle Vern, why in the world should I care about the soil microbiology on the farm my food comes from anyhow?

For the same reason you need to tend to the health of the microbes in your body, because that’s what keeps you healthy by harvesting and digesting the nutrients in your food, your farmer needs to tend to the microbes in his soil because that’s what harvests the nutrients in the soil and makes them available to his crops, your food.

There’s so much of this we don’t know, and worse is the stuff we think we know that ain’t so, but what we do know is that farms using synthetic fertility have soil that’s nearly sterile and the microbes they do have are quite lazy, inefficient harvesters of soil nutrients.

If you’ve visited our farm, you’ve heard my story of how organic chickens eating organically grown corn and soy just don’t get sick. That’s the healthy nutrition I want for our family and yours.

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