soil health


Using the ordinary to cultivate the mysterious power of indigenous microorganisms

By Lisa M. Hamilton Originally posted in April 2004 Who wouldn’t be suspicious? Right from the get-go this workshop is promising cure-all concoctions that bring new life to everything they touch. The potions work in ways that are difficult to … Continued

100 ideas for improving yield and income

By Mary-Howell Martens (with Klaas’ help!), Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on January 12, 2004 After a delightful Christmas visit with family in North Carolina, we drove north past Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, with red clay furrows in fall-plowed fields. As … Continued

Why making organic the norm is important

Klaas responds to a question about last month’s column, Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on December 16, 2003 From the Dakotas to the Texas Panhandle, the rural Great Plains has been losing people for 70 years, a slow demographic collapse. … Continued

Cultivating diversity underground for better yields above

By Laura Sayre Originally posted on September 29, 2003 You’ve read the amazing facts and figures: one teaspoon of healthy topsoil can contain millions of individual microorganisms, all playing a part in the functioning of the soil ecosystem. But how … Continued

How Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens made the transition to organic

By Mary-Howell Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted August 2002 “I wish you didn’t have to do that!” I was standing by the kitchen door, several months pregnant with our second child, as I watched my husband, Klaas, leave the … Continued