Monday, March 4, 2013

Healthy Soils, Healthy Foods!

I was asked to write an article for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Food and Nutrition Magazine on soil health and its relationship to food. For me as a dietitian turned farmer, its interesting how much cross over there is between human nutrition and soil and plant nutrition. Looking a soil and plant tissue analyses is very much like reviewing  a patient's bloodwork. Its a snapshot of health and nutritional status. So while I am no longer prescribing diets for people, I do practice nutrition by prescribing diets for the crops we grow.

Click the link below to go to the online article:

Healthy soil

There are also 2 really good videos from USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service that I've linked below.  One covers all the basics about soil and its health. The other is a good video on farmers adopting cover crops. They are both about 30 minutes long but worth the watching if you want to learn more!

Soil Stories - The Whole Story

Under Cover Farmers

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