Soil Matters

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Remember the Earth?
Do you remember how playing in the dirt made you feel when you were a kid? Did you feel the delight of energy tingling through your body? As adults, we often struggle to find time to be equally renewed by nature.

More than just dirt
Soil is a living ecosystem, thousands of years old. Distinctive to Earth, soil nurtures every living thing around the world, and is home to billions of bacteria, earthworms, and other organisms. When the soil environment is in balance, these decomposers will breakdown waste and dead material to replenish the soil for future generations of plants.

However, today this natural cycle is under threat. Due to erosion and overuse, much of nature’s soil is losing its ability to nurture. Over the past 40 years, 30 percent of the world’s arable land has become unproductive, (Cornell University study, 2006) It is up to us to nurture and restore it by giving back.

What Can We Do?
The Living Soil Alliance, founded by Michael V. Harding, offers the following calls-to-action to his colleagues who work in Erosion Control: LSA’s Call-to-Action (RRR)

Revive – our interest in soil as a resource
Remediate – through soil erosion control practices by planting new vegetation to prevent soil run off.
Restore – by implementing sustainable soil solutions that improve soil structure.

We are dedicated to reviving interest and providing restorative information for everyone from home growers to large scale specialists.  Simply by sharing this information, you are taking the first step in solving this concern.

Visit Preparing Your Soil to learn more about setting up and maintaining healthy soils. Note the importance of adding earthworms, red wigglers in particular, and mycorrhizae fungi to your soil.

Whenever you Prepare your Garden Soil, you are taking another step in preserving and sustaining our soils.
See our “News and Events” page to see how Superthrive recently joined construction professionals for a Soils Master Class.