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Kelp4Less Product News – Discovering Kelp’s Secrets

Touch the Soil News #143 The use of Kelp as a plant growth supplement has been documented back to Roman times. In the early days, folks would scavenge the beach for kelp washed ashore and work it into their fields nearby. In rather recent times (1979) it was discovered that high levels of biostimulants were present in the cells of fresh kelp. These biostimulants later became known as Auxin and Cytokinin. The Auxin compound was found to cause increased root development. The Cytokinin compound produces greater flower initiation and augments cell division. Kelp is rich in amino acids and is 28 percent minerals by weight – including a large number…

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The Urban Farm Collective – Cornerstone to a New Food Chain (Part 2 of 2)

As we wrote in Part 1, the Urban Farm Collective (UFC) is an effort of many people working together on 15 urban garden plots in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.  Contemplating the UFC enterprise brings up the age-old question: Are we better off working together or going at it alone? Our modern economic system has an entrenched double standard when it comes to working together. In the food chain, for example, grocery stores go head to head in heated competition. However, inside each competing grocery store, there is a charge for team work and working together. So, when a food enterprise shows up on the scene that is about working…

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The Urban Farm Collective – Cornerstone to a New Food Chain (Part 1 of 2)

Touch the Soil News #122 Food and access to food has been the subordinate child of a chaotic Wall Street with demonstrated insensitivities to planetary ecology and human health. It should not be surprising then that not-for-profit ventures – as relates to food – are exploring beyond the mentality of the corporate board room. From Left to Right – Ari Rosner, Janette Kaden (Founder of UFC), Holli Prohaska (Current Director) Thanks to Holli Prohaska, who worked with us in getting this story together, we get an inside look at the Urban Farm Collective (UFC). The UFC organizes people wanting to work for food, organizes access to land and organizes what…

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Symphony of the Soil – A Film Review

Symphony of the Soil is a full-length film (104 minutes). Produced by Deborah Koons Garcia, the film received a New York Times “Critics’ Pick” listing. Garcia is also the producer of a previous film called The Future of Food – an in depth look at the dangers of GMO foods. Garcia’s style is to find world-class experts on the subject of her films and then weave their testimony between stunning facts and revelations. Symphony of the Soil brings experts together on the story of what soil is, the diversity of life in soils, how plants and microbes work together to survive, the farming and ranching practices that can maintain and…

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Old New MacDonald Had a Farm – eee iii eee iii ooo

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What is a farm and what is food? I remember my shock when learning about Roundup Ready GMO corn. The corn has been tampered with to create toxins. When the corn borer eats the corn, it kills the pest. Since when does a plant – whose role is to be a pesticide – become food? Most sweeteners, especially in soft drinks, come from corn sweeteners sourced from GMO Roundup Ready corn. In my previous life, as a consultant to stressed farms, many of my clients raised sugar beets. Controlling weeds was a major problem. Around 2008, the sugar beet industry – nationwide – converted to GMO sugar beets. The sugar…

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Expert Compost Teas Made Easy

Compost Tea

Compost Tea’s work wonders in a garden by feeding the micro-biology “bugs” (Biological Under Ground System), in the soil for fast, healthy plant growth. We have been brewing and applying Compost Tea’s on 500k+ acres of Farm Land since 1974. 5000 Gallon batches at a time, we have a good idea on how to increase the micro-biology in the soil and brew a great Compost Tea. More micro-biology equals faster root development, which in return will result in faster plant development. After all, a plant cannot grow if the roots cannot sustain the growth. Lets discuss a few easy Compost Tea Recipe’s, we will be covering a Veg/Grow Compost Tea Recipe as well…

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Bringing in the Nector Lovers

Pollination Season is coming to the garden shortly (yes, yes, I am a little behind). So it got me thinking, what do you do to help with the pollination season? Do you let nature takes it course or self pollinate. I personally let nature take its course.   But I do help it out a little by planting flowers. I plant about 2 flats of flowers through out my garden. Bringing in the nector lovers will help increase the yield and add pops of color!!   Of course there are variety of flowers that these Nector Lovers Love: Some of my flowers I plant are: Sweet Alyssum (My Personnel Favorite) Sunflowers (I…

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Why can’t I just use a bagged potting mix?

beneficial bacteria

Most commercial potting mixes have been sterilized using a high heat process to kill any weed seeds included with the mix. On some levels, this is a good thing, since we don’t want random weeds sprouting up amongst our plants. Unfortunately, this process also destroys the beneficial fungi and bacteria that would otherwise be living in that soil. Kelp4Less Myco + Innoculant Blend gives you everything you need to restore the beneficial microbiology to your soil. Have you ever stopped to consider the fact no one ever fertilized a forest? Those trees grew with the help of soil bacteria and fungi breaking down organic material ( a process called mineralization)…

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How to start seedlings

Ever wonder the best way to start seeds and have them actually germinate? I sure have! So, I did some research, and have put down a few of (I feel) the most useful tips for starting seeds! Since spring is coming (eventually!), it seems a good time to get the info out there! See – the thing is – the growing season just isn’t long enough. Especially if you live somewhere like Idaho, where we get freezes at night sometimes up until the end of May! So, it’s a great idea to grow your seeds inside, where it’s nice and warm, and then transplant them outside to fruit. Plus, starting your…

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Why use an Enzyme Powder?

We came out with something new and awesome!!! Again. Yup. Aside from all the other awesome products we have, we’ve decided to unleash . . . (drumroll please) Enzyme Powder. Ahhhhhh yeah. So – Benefits!!! Well, our Enzyme Powder is just as effective as other enzyme growth boosters! But, of course, being Kelp4Less, we’ve figured out how to make it WAY less expensive!!! Similar products cost about $32.00 per liter!!! Holy Crow! Ours is only $13.39 for an ounce of powder! So – you mix 1/8 of a teaspoon in 5 GALLONS. Which means the cost of our product is only $1.67 per teaspoon. Now, you only need to use…

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