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Soil Quality? Sourcing Highest Quality Plants.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 28, 2011 at 9:38 PM

We know what Meat Animals are supposed to eat.

But what are plants supposed to eat? are they getting adequate minerals?

Soil Quality is not what it used to be with Rampant Agriculture etc.

With Grassfed Beef, I ask about finishing, pesticides hormones etc, and what they do to their grass...similar with Free Ranging etc.

but with Vegetables, What questions should we be asking/looking for to see if the soil quality is better than something grown in a mineral desert?

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on March 29, 2011
at 05:51 PM

PowerPoint from local WAPF chapter on measuring food quality with Brix meters: http://www.wapf.betterlocalfood.org/17April2008_Brix_Presentation.ppt

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on March 29, 2011
at 01:56 AM

if you're growing any of your own veggies, i would say add glacial rock dust. it re-mineralizes the soil.

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on March 29, 2011
at 01:55 AM

glacial rock dust. re-mineralizes your soil.

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on March 28, 2011
at 10:08 PM

For anyone in VA, this is Moutoux Orchards. They're also offering a full diet csa later this year where they will provide grassfed lamb and beef, pastured pork, chicken, and eggs, raw milk, vegetables, and fruit. It looks like it will be a great program.

9cfa1ab909f6f89544be665d4ef6e3ea

on March 28, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Related question: Brix meters: Good science or woo BS?

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on March 28, 2011
at 10:06 PM

I would talk to your local farmer and see how/if they treat the soil. I think compost and manure would be the two big things to look for. The place I buy most of my vegetables from has just remineralized their soil, and was fertilizing it with manure and rotating crops even before that. This is what they said,

"So, this is where we were last year. We re-mineralized our soils through rock powders, ocean minerals, biological stimulants like raw milk and compost tea, cover crops, compost, and more. We bought a deep subsoiler and subsoiled to loosen the compacted ground and get it breathing again. We did as much as we could do get our soils healthy and mineralized as quickly as we could."

Sounds pretty good to me. I think most local places treat their soil better, but there are exceptions to every rule of course.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on March 28, 2011
at 10:08 PM

For anyone in VA, this is Moutoux Orchards. They're also offering a full diet csa later this year where they will provide grassfed lamb and beef, pastured pork, chicken, and eggs, raw milk, vegetables, and fruit. It looks like it will be a great program.

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