Soil Learning Center

At TerraVesco, we believe that unlocking the genius of nature through scientific inquiry will fuel modern sustainable agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, professional landscaping and home gardening.

The Soil Learning Center demonstrates our commitment to increasing our collective understanding and knowledge about the soil. It provides a place where you can read academic research and published articles about soil and plant health, and the results of one of our latest academic or commercial field trials. Or you can browse our video library and learn more about organic remedies for your home garden or landscape.

Ask questions of our soil and plant experts or read our blog. We hope you’ll join us in learning more about the nature of soils and how to grow more healthy, beautiful plants.

 

Articles

 

“Study shows soil building benefits of organic farming”

 

“The Living Soil: Earthworms”

 

“Nitrate Contamination in California Groundwater:  An Integrated Approach to Basin Assessment and Resource Protection”

 

“Organic Wine Booming Across the U.S.”

 

“Emerging Issues in the U.S. Organic Industry.”

 

“Higher Food Prices and Local Food Labels.”

 

“Farming Communities Facing Crisis Over Nitrate Pollution, Study Says”

 

“How Sustainable Agriculture Can Address the Environmental and Human Health Harms of Industrial Agriculture.”

 

“A Look at California’s Organic Agriculture Production.”

 

“Comparison of Production Costs and Resource Use for Organic and Conventional Production Systems.”

 

“Sidebar: Interest in Organic Winegrowing is Increasing.”

 

“Growth Predicted in Biologically Integrated and Organic Farming.”

 

“The Climate Benefits of Organic Agriculture”

 

“American Academy of Pediatrics’ clinical report highlights benefits of organic.”

 

“Consumer-driven U.S. organic market surpasses $31 billion in 2011.”

 

“Industry Statistics an Projected Growth.”

 

“Seventy-eight percent of U.S. families say they purchase organic foods.”

 

“Soil Health.”

 

“U.S. Familes Organic Attitudes & Beliefs: 2013 Tracking Study.”

 

“Get the Numbers on Organic: Statistics at a Glance.”

 

“USDA Celebrates National Farmers Market Week, August 4-10 Confirms Growth and Sustainability in Farmers Markets.”

 

Books

 

From the Ground Up: A Grower’s Education in Life, Love, and the Movement that’s Changing the Nation

Nolan, Jeanne (2013)

 

Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure.

Ausubel, Kenny. (1994)

 

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.

Carpenter, Novella. (2009)

 

Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers

Cole, Katherine. (2011)

 

Soil Science Simplified (4th ed.)

Kohnke, H. and Franzmeier, D.P. (1995)

 

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web (Rev. ed.)

Lowenfels, J., & Lewis, W. (2010)

 

Eat Up.

Mandel, Lauren. (2013)

 

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

Montgomery, David R. (2007)

 

Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

Schwartz, Judith D. (2013)

 

Guides & Presentations

“An APLD Guide to Sustainable Soils”

Association of Professional Landscape Designers

 

“Soil Health for Organic Production”

Friedrich, H. and Rupple, A., University of Arkansas & Mitchell, C., Auburn University.

Southern SARE – Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education.