The soil is not only home to trillions of tiny living beings, it is also the basis of the food we eat, of the clean water we drink and even of a well-balanced climate. Biodynamics and La Vialla’s method (which goes a little further) encourage the life of the countless tiny inhabitants and microorganisms in the soil, a complex system that keeps this natural “factory” of life going. Below you can find some insight into work linked to soil fertility at the Fattoria, as well as a few reading and viewing suggestions from the Viallini to find out more about how healthy soil can “trap” CO2 from the atmosphere, resist floods and drought, and produce healthier fruits!
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The latest news and studies from La Vialla regarding soil fertility at the Fattoria
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Here are some articles, books and videos that we highly recommend:
Read Demeter “SOIL FERTILITY IS KEY”
“A fundamental value in biodynamic farming, is our soil being regenerated, is the foundation for the best outcome for our food, our health and that of the planet earth… MORE
Listen to Annette Mueller from La Vialla talks with Koen van Seijen about Regenerative Agriculture.
Koen van Seijen: “In Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food podcast show I talk to the pioneers in the regenerative food and agriculture space …. so many of the pressing issues we face today have their roots in how we treat our land, grow our food and what we eat. And it’s time that we, as investors big and small and consumers, start paying much more attention to the dirt/ soil underneath our feet… MORE
Read “Dirt to Soil” by Gabe Brown
“As a series of weather-related crop disasters put the Brown family farm on the brink of financial ruin, Brown took the bold decision to cut costs by omitting the use of most pesticides, insecticides and synthetic fertilizers…. In doing so, Brown transformed a degraded farm ecosystem into one full of life starting with the soil and working his way up, one plant and one animal at a time… MORE
Read “Wilding” and “When we went wild” by Isabella Tree
“This must be the most inspirational nature book of the year ... a narrative of conservation, courage, vision and miracles... The story of what happened is thrilling ... the Knepp Conservation Project is world-famous: a beacon of hope ... Read this book and marvel... MORE
'The Year's Best Books on Nature', Daily Mail
Read “Land and Soil in Europe” by European Environment Agency
“We cannot live without healthy land and soil. It is on land that we produce most of our food and we build our homes. For all species — animals and plants living on land or water — land is vital. Soil — one of the essential components of land — is a very complex and often undervalued element, teeming with life ...MORE
Read “What’s the dirt to me?!” by Sina Henne for “fairzückt“ magazine
… To be more precise, there are billions and billions [of microorganisms] in our soil, which, with an estimated weight of around 600 billion tons, make up a good third of the total weight of all living creatures on our planet… . On a single teaspoon of soil alone, there are more of them than humans living on earth – currently around 7.5 billion ...MORE