By Gary Zimmer, Leilani Zimmer-Durand
One of many top specialists on organic farming, Zimmer is famous for bettering farming by way of restoring soils. Arguing that an optimally efficient soil features a stability of inorganic minerals, natural fabrics and dwelling organisms, he is based much less on smooth advancements than on ''the issues we now have realized via enhancing fertility in a average, sustainable excess of many years.'' This booklet deals helpful clinical help for devoted natural farmers in addition to traditional farmers who'd wish to lessen chemical inputs and use normal tactics to their virtue. Advancing organic Farming updates and expands upon Zimmer's vintage, The organic Farmer. Technically distinctive but written in pleasant language, this booklet is for everybody who wishes a destiny in bio-logical farming.
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The herd is fed mineralized corn, beans and forages all grown on-farm, and rotationally grazed on pastures stocked with lush, mineralized forage plants. Otter Creek also raises grass-fed beef, pastured hogs, and free-range chickens, as well as producing its own award-winning line of seasonal raw milk cheddar cheeses. In 2008, the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service named Otter Creek Organic Farm “Organic Farm of the Year” for their commitment to diversified agriculture, environmental sustainability, and community outreach.
Soon after this breakthrough I decided to start soil consulting again. I put an advertisement offering soil consulting services in a small magazine called Natural Farming and I got a few calls, but progress was slow. Then one day I got a call from a man named Fred Kurschner. He and several partners were starting a small company in southern Wisconsin that sold compost turners and biological stimulants. We met for lunch one day, and after talking for several hours about biological farming, he offered me a partnership in their business as a soil consultant.
A couple years later I took a job with a soil consulting company in Minnesota. The company’s philosophy was to balance your soils based on a soil test, which was a new concept to me at the time. I visited a lot of farms where I took soil samples and then went over the soil test with the farmer and made fertilizer recommendations. I did have some success with this approach, but I also had some failures. I still didn’t see the soil as a living system, and I had a lot to learn about fertilizer sources and application.
Advancing Biological Farming: Practicing Mineralized, Balanced Agriculture to Improve Soil & Crops by Gary Zimmer, Leilani Zimmer-Durand