In the face of an escalating climate crisis that is daily headline news,  it is obvious humanity stands at a crossroads looking at the destruction we have caused.   Perhaps, at that crossroads, we should start to understand that the micro is the same as the macro.   For me, I am more and more convinced the land beneath our feet is a soilution.

I personally feel we are going down a dark path in human history and we need to step back and consider how nature works and how we can mimic her for restoration.   And, I beleive the answer is in water and microbes.

“Although the surface of our planet is two-thirds water, we call it the Earth. We say we are earthlings, not waterlings. Our blood is closer to seawater than our bones to soil, but that’s no matter. The sea is the cradle we all rocked out of, but it’s to dust that we go. From the time that water invented us, we began to seek out dirt. The further we separate ourselves from the dirt, the further we separate ourselves from ourselves. Alienation is a disease of the unsoiled.”

― Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

Let’s admit that the traditional approach to land management (intensive agriculture, deforestation, and unsustainable practices) has led to soil degradation and exacerbated climate change.   We have destroyed the micro-life.   We have harmed Nature.  However, a new paradigm is emerging, one that recognizes the soil as a vital ecosystem and harnesses its natural power to mitigate any climate change and restore environmental balance.    We touched on this topic in Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web course but I discovered more when I studied with Didi Pershouse and her s teaching on the Soil Sponge.

Didi, with  Australian microbiologist and climatologist, Walter Jehne are teachers of the Soil Sponge concept and how this affects our water cycles.     In my opinion, this is ONE LARGE transformative shift in our understanding of nature and offers a promising pathway towards a sustainable future.

Reconnecting with the Soil Sponge

What is the soil sponge?   When I asked Wikipedia it added the word carbon: “Soil carbon sponge is porous, well-aggregated soil in good health, better able to absorb and retain water”

Beneath our feet lies a world teeming with life – the soil sponge. This is an intricate ecosystem of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and protozoa.   These little guys plays a pivotal role in nutrient cycling, water retention, and carbon sequestration. Healthy soil, rich in organic matter and diverse microbial life, acts as a carbon sink, storing carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as CO2.

The earth is complex and interconnected living organism. The soil beneath our feet as its vital organs. Just as our bodies rely on a delicate balance of microorganisms to function properly, so does the planet’s health depend on the thriving community of microbes that reside within the soil.  Just as the organs of the human body rely on other organs, the same applies in the soils.  We can not separate things.  It is all connected.

These tiny and often invisible creatures play a pivotal role in maintaining the carbon and nitrogen cycles. They act as nature’s recyclers, breaking down organic matter and transforming it into nutrients that plants can use to grow.   It is connected.   Plants, in turn, are the soil’s protectors, forming a verdant canopy that shields the earth from the sun’s hot rays and the relentless erosion of wind and water. Their roots, like tiny anchors, bind the soil particles together, preventing it from being swept away by the elements.

Through a process called transpiration, plants release water vapor into the atmosphere, creating a cooling effect that helps regulate the planet’s temperature. This water vapor eventually condenses into clouds, which then release rain, replenishing the soil’s moisture reserves and supporting the growth of new life.

But the role of microbes extends beyond the soil. High in the expanse of the atmosphere, reside invisible droplets of water known as atmospheric bacteria. These tiny droplets, acting like miniature sponges, absorb and hold water vapor, contributing to cloud formation and precipitation. In essence, these atmospheric bacteria are nature’s cloud seeding agents, playing a crucial role in regulating the Earth’s water cycle. They help ensure that the planet receives the life-sustaining rainfall it needs to support its diverse ecosystems.

As I deepen an understanding about the Soil Sponge, it becomes more and more obvious that a paradigm shift in our relationship with land and microbes is required.   We need too transition from exploitative practices that degrade soil health to regenerative strategies that restore and enhance soil functionality. This approach embraces the soil sponge as a key ally in the fight against climate change.

Microbes: The Heroes of Carbon Sequestration?

Microbial life within the soil sponge plays a critical role in carbon sequestration. Through a process known as decomposition, microorganisms break down organic matter, releasing nutrients essential for plant growth and converting carbon into stable forms that remain stored in the soil. This process not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also improves soil fertility and enhances plant productivity.

The Soil Sponge approach recognizes the symbiotic relationship between soil, plants, and microbes. By promoting healthy soil practices, we foster a thriving microbial community that effectively sequesters carbon and contributes to climate mitigation.

This represents a fundamental shift in our understanding of nature and our role within it. It moves away from the linear, extractive mindset that has dominated agriculture and land management for centuries. Instead, it embraces a regenerative approach that mimics natural processes and promotes long-term sustainability.

Regenerative land management practices, such as  applying and using microbe rich composts, reducing tillage, increasing organic matter inputs, and adopting diverse cover crops, work in harmony with the soil sponge, enhancing its ability to store carbon, regulate water cycles, and support healthy plant growth. These practices not only mitigate climate change but also improve soil health, enhance biodiversity, and increase food production.

The Soil Sponge approach offers a beacon of hope in the face of climate change. It is a observation to the interconnectedness of nature and the profound impact of soil health on the planet’s well-being.

As individuals, we can play a role in this paradigm shift by supporting regenerative agriculture, advocating for sustainable land management practices, and making conscious choices that promote soil health. By embracing the soil sponge as an ally, we can help Nature mitigate climate change, restore ecosystems, and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.    She has already figured it out.

 

 

References:
2 – Explaining how the water vapor greenhouse effect works – https://skepticalscience.com/argument.php?p=14&t=375&&a=19
3 – Walter Jehne – Cooling the Climate Mess with Soil and Water – https://youtu.be/t3rIkYUVq5c?si=HGSoE3O41YLBpBrw 
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In the face of change, many of us feel a sense of helplessness, convinced that the magnitude of the environmental and collective crisis is beyond our individual reach. We observe the vastness of Nature, the intricate web of ecosystems, and the relentless forces of nature, and wonder if our actions can truly make a difference.   One thing that is certain is everything is connected and separating them is a futile and harmful attempt at healing.

In the vastness lies a profound and simple truth: the microcosm reflects the macrocosm. Just as the intricate image of a cell or microbe mirrors the grand structures of mountains and atmosphere, our individual actions, when aligned with a shared vision, have the power to transform our world.   What is our shared mission?   We all live here, together so I would imagine health is important for all.

However, the headline news has a negative impact that leaves many feeling hopeless in the middle of all the crisises.   Perhaps the call to action is not to change the world in its entirety, but to change the little worlds we inhabit.   It is to transform our homes and land into havens of sustainability and our communities into hubs of environmental consciousness. 

This transformation begins with a simple yet profound shift: a commitment to non-harm. We must recognize that our actions, from the products we consume to the energy we use, have ripple effects throughout the planet. By embracing a philosophy of non-harm, we minimize our ecological footprint and create space for the Earth’s natural systems to heal.

Let’s step back and take a look at the reality of our systems and how we approach life.   I hope this offers some thought provoking consideration.  Alternative healthcare and organic soil practices often mimic the industrial world’s approach of eradicating “bad guys”.    While it’s undoubtedly true that using natural products is generally preferable to using chemicals, it’s important to recognize that both approaches share a similar underlying mindset of control and manipulation while ignoring the “terrain”

In conventional medicine, the focus is often on identifying and eliminating pathogens or suppressing symptoms. Similarly, in conventional agriculture, the focus is on removing pests and weeds, creating a sterile environment for crops to grow. While these approaches may have short-term benefits, they can also have unintended consequences.

For instance, excessive use of antibiotics in both human medicine and animal agriculture has contributed to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a major public health threat. Similarly, the widespread use of herbicides and pesticides in agriculture has led to environmental contamination and the decline of beneficial insects and microorganisms.   Look at alternative (herbs and food) use in human and soil health?  Is the approach any different?

The soil, the very foundation upon which life flourishes, holds the key to this transformation.   All we have to do is observe the microbes.  As we nurture and replenish the soil (the microbes) we not only enhance food production and restore ecosystems but also mitigate climate change.  From the tiniest creatures to the grandest ecosystems, life is an intricate dance of interconnectedness.

Microbe compost, a symphony of microorganisms, mirrors this profound connection, offering a glimpse into the healing power of nature’s smallest beings. In every drop of compost tea lies a universe of potential, ready to revitalize the soil, the foundation upon which life thrives.     It is a science, for sure.   And, we use our microscope to observe the life in our compost.   This is our tool!  Science, with its pursuit of knowledge and understanding, plays a crucial role in this transformation. By asking the right questions, seeking answers, and sharing insights, we illuminate the complex connections between our actions and the planet’s health.

When we view the Earth not as something to be saved but as a living, self-regulating system, we adopt a more harmonious relationship with our planet. We recognize that our well-being is inextricably linked to the well-being of all living things.   Organisms regulate climate through intricate feedback loops and interactions. Plants, through photosynthesis, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, while forests, acting as sponges, absorb and regulate water flow. Microorganisms in the soil play a vital role in carbon sequestration, trapping carbon and preventing its release back into the atmosphere.

We stand on the solution, not as saviors of the planet, but as integral parts of its intricate web of life. By nurturing the soil, embracing sustainable practices, and aligning our actions with the Earth’s natural rhythms, we can transform our little worlds and, in doing so, contribute to a collective healing of our planet.

Plants need rain, and rain needs plants. This simple yet profound interdependence highlights the interconnectedness of life on Earth. As we care for the soil, we nurture the plants, and in turn, the plants sustain the water cycle, creating a regenerative system that supports life.

Our individual actions, like ripples in a pond, have the potential to create waves of change. By changing our little worlds, we can collectively transform our planet, one step, one action, at a time. 

.Iit is to the soil, the humble cradle of life, that we ultimately return.  We come from the water of our mother’s womb and enter an intricate dance with earth.  So why do  we distance ourselves from the soil.   Isn’t this severing the thread of kinship that binds us to each other and all life.. Alienation, a malady of modern society, stems from this disconnect, a detachment from the microbial symphony that orchestrates life’s grand performance.   The soil, far from being a mere expanse of dirt, is a teeming metropolis of life, a vibrant tapestry of microorganisms that play a pivotal role in our existence.   Somehow getting “dirty” is bad for us!     No so!   These microscopic friends, are the  heroes of our life and health: the architects of nutrient cycles, the guardians of soil health, and the custodians of our very survival.

By reconnecting with the soil, by immersing ourselves in its rich microbial tapestry, we not only nourish the earth but also nurture our own well-being. We rediscover our place within the intricate web of life, recognizing our interdependence with the very ground upon which we stand.

it is in the soil that our truest essence lies. Let us honor the microbial symphony that sustains us, and in doing so, rediscover the profound connection that binds us to our planet, our home.  And, that is why we are making Microbe Compost and creating an education center to teach about self reliance and sufficiency!   

Are you called to be a part of this change of hope?   Living Ground is entering a special phase of creation building from the ground up with all our might and using our brains and hands to lift the project.    If you are called to support this work, please contact us.    This is a collective endeavor.   And, yes, we are selling our microbe complete compost…let’s spread the microbes.

 

 

Like many places in the world, our local area has experience and rash of crazy and intense fires threatening the living ground of our nature and soil.  Prevention work is important.   

One local solution is to pipe waters from our local national forest, the Podocarpus.   Living Ground feels that the solution to the fires is not to pump more water out of the rivers that are already low enough and barely support the local lands especially in a situation of drought.     This is a temporary fix that mainly addresses areas where there could be a potential fire in the future and in the long term, it will create more problems.

Why not look to Nature and how she works.   This solution is increasing the soil sponge and restoring the soil microbes.

As part of the Soil Food Web educational program, we were inroduced to Didi Pershouse.  Didi Pershouse stands as a prominent advocate and educator pioneering the work that revolves around the concept of the “soil sponge,” 

This concerpt is that healthy soil behaves much like a sponge.  The soil sponge metaphor conveys the following principles without the need for enumeration:

At its core, the soil sponge represents the capacity of well-nurtured soil to mimic the water-absorbing and holding properties of a sponge. It soaks up rainwater and irrigation, storing it within its structure, and gradually releases this moisture to nourish plants during drier periods.   What holds the water?   The microbe aggregates.

The soil sponge’s importance  extends to mitigating the impacts of fire or climate change by reducing the likelihood of both droughts and floods. In periods of drought, the soil sponge provides a reservoir of moisture that helps plants thrive even in arid conditions. During heavy rainfall, it prevents excess water from causing floods and erosion.  Double win!

A thriving soil sponge is synonymous with healthier and more resilient ecosystems. By ensuring a consistent water supply for plants, it promotes their growth and vitality.   This prevents fires.  The soil sponge’s effectiveness hinges on the soil’s organic matter content and the presence of beneficial microorganisms. Soils rich in organic matter and teeming with beneficial microbes exhibit a superior water-holding capacity, thus reinforcing their role as effective sponges.

Increasing the soil sponge means we stop tilling practices for minimal soil disturbance,.  It requires the incorporation of organic matter through microbe rich compost.   It requires cover cropping, and the avoidance of excessive chemical inputs. These practices are central to enhancing soil structure, increasing its water-holding capacity, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of nature.

Here in Ecuador we have rains for half a year and dry season the other  half.   This year the dry season seemed more like a drought.   There are two things that are very important to living soils to prevent fires escpecially in dry season or drought:

  • Increasing rainfall with tree/plant cover – increase biodiversity and biomass.  Yes, this is possible!
  • Keeping the grass greener  and longer due to larger water reserve with the soil sponge – types of grasses are important.

While we often think of plants as passive participants in the water cycle, they actually play an active role in influencing rainfall, thanks to a remarkable partnership with specific bacteria.

On the surface of plants, a unique group of bacteria live. These tiny microorganisms are more than just casual residents; they are major contributors to the complex process of rainfall. The bacteria reside within the stomata of leaves, those microscopic openings that plants use for gas exchange.  As these bacteria thrive in their leafy abode, they multiply. When conditions are right, these bacterial hitchhikers are released into the atmosphere, ready to play a crucial role in the formation of raindrops.   In the upper atmosphere, these bacteria become concentrated, leading to a transformation in raindrop dynamics. By interacting with other particles and moisture in the atmosphere, they aid in the coalescence of smaller water droplets into larger ones. This process results in raindrops growing heavy enough to overcome the force of gravity and fall to the Earth’s surface.

The significance of this microbial contribution to rainfall cannot be overstated. It reminds us that the natural world is a web of interconnected relationships, where even the tiniest beings can have a profound impact on the larger processes that shape our environment. So, the next time you witness a refreshing rain shower, remember to thank not only the clouds but also the microscopic bacteria that made it possible.

Soilution

When soil biodiversity is compromised, as indicated by Living Ground’s findings locally, it can have far-reaching consequences. The health of plants, animals, and even humans depends on the intricate relationships within the soil. Loss of diversity and fungal biomass can lead to soil degradation, reduced agricultural productivity, and increased vulnerability to soil erosion.

Reestablishing the soil microbiome is an essential step in addressing these challenges. Techniques like compost tea and extract applications, cover cropping, and reduced tillage can help restore microbial diversity and fungal biomass.   And, of course, education for our local residents especially about how fire destroys the soil microbes. These approaches not only benefit the soil but also promote healthier plant growth and enhance the overall resilience of ecosystems.

The reason the mountains are drying and fires are raging is multifaceted but it is ultimately a result of the management practices of the land over the last decades or century. The problem is endemic thus so should the solution be.  There are many areas in the world that have much much less rainfall than the Vilcabamba area and they are able to harvest it and make use of it all year long. The fires are not a symptom of a lack of rain; they represent the damage that has been done to the landscape. Bringing more water from outside sources (such as our precious National Podocarpus park) will not solve the problem, only temporarily hide the issue.

Improving soil aggregations

What is soil aggregation ?

Arrangement of primary soil particles (sand, silt, clay) around soil organic matter and through particle associations. This arrangement increases the amount of air space in the soil and offers room to store water.

Soil aggregation is directly related to the soil’s ability to hold water. The soil aggregating of the pastures in the mountains is extremely low and this greatly reduces its ability to capture and hold rainfall. So even if it does rain all that water washes down the hill into the river causing flooding and taking precious minerals with it. By improving soil aggregation we can help infiltrate water, this will help the grass remain greener longer and also provide the rivers with a slow release of water that can last through the dry season.  This is called the soil sponge.   This would help make the most out of each drop of water that we get over time and during the dry season

Encouraging Perennial Grasses

Because of the past cycle of fires the soil on the mountains has been damaged. High temperatures on the surface kill the biology living in the soil surface. This reduced biology encourages annual grasses that dry up in dry season and provide most of the fuel for the fires.    Perennial grasses invest more into the soil then Annual grasses simply because they have a long term strategy. They help improve soil aggregation through feeding the microbes if they are present.  Also, Perennial grasses are generally better and more nutritius feed for animals too.

Alejandro Carillo Chihuahua desert creates his own rain.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANZNt8LXM6o

Fungi in the Soils

Fungi or mushrooms are an integral part of the soils and major contributors to the aggregation of soil. They serve many functions to help against the fire.

Fungi play a major role in the improvement of soil. Their function is to create Macro aggregates.  Mycorrhizal fungi are major partners to plants and offer a host of benefits if they are present in the soil. These benefits include:

  • increased nutrient uptake (especially phosphorus and micro nutrients)
  • protection from diseases of the roots
  • they can provide water to the plant in case of drought.
  • Due to the improved nutrition the plants are more resilient to disease and are also more nutritious to the animals that graze them.

Fungi also provide another benefit to soils. A cubic centimeter of soil can contain as much as 1km of fungal strands. Fungal strands are very strong; some species can be as much as 17x stronger tension strengths than steel. This characteristic will help prevent landslide and erosion of the already thin soils of the mountains.

Water Harvesting

Rain water retention basins on top of mountains to collect water in the rainy season for use in the dry season is another good solution.  This can serve a double purpose to increase the productivity of the grazing grounds in the mountains as well as keep the grass green. 

This an Indian NGO that has a contest every year for villages to create the most water harvesting structures and results have been staggering. In a very short period of time they are able to restore their water cycle and go from deserted landscape to lush and productive agricultural land.

https://readtheshift.com/the-water-cup-%F0%9F%8F%86-how-a-competition-is-solving-indias-water-crisis/

Reforestation incentives
Planting trees at the top of the mountains to help increase soil aggregation increase water retention and provide a source for the rain causing bacteria. However, we also encourage you to watch this video that will challenge the current view of reforestation.    Perhaps we should observe how Nature does it as she has more experience than us humans  https://youtu.be/qW_opcoW8Ts?si=phMjZwcGNSgcZcWD


Conclusion

We believe that the money, effort and time required for any fire restoration project could be better used at restoring the soil and landscape.    Living Ground has the microbes and the ability to be a part of any restoration/rejuvenation project.  Living Ground’s commitment to sustainable landscaping and design extends beyond individual projects. Their work serves as a reminder of the critical importance of nurturing and revitalizing the soil microbiome in our local area and beyond. By doing so, we can contribute to the long-term health of our environment and ensure a more sustainable future for all.

 

 

 

Living Ground has been very busy working with clients to create their dream spaces.   We are creating sustainable landscapes and vibrant ecosystem . Our recent project included a food forest, a medicinal and food spiral garden, a convenient kitchen herbal garden, activiating a pond and water system, and a water-efficient irrigation system from the nearby river.

At the heart of all we do lies a profound understanding and application of the soil’s microbes which enriches the land and enhance its fertility,

In the food forest, the team aimed to mimick the intricate patterns of nature, fostering a biodiverse planting of edible plants and perennials. From towering trees to ground-hugging covers, the food forest will provides sustenance and becomes a thriving habitat for local wildlife.

The spiral garden, while a smaller counterpart to the food forest, is a celebration of both aesthetics and ecology. It efficiently accommodates an array of medicinal and edible plants, promoting a meditative and serene atmosphere, all while nurturing the soil’s microbial life.

Our respect for microbes extended to the creation of kitchen herbal garden, located conveniently close to the house. Here, a spectrum of popular and unusual herbs will provide taste for meals to come.

The pond system was initiated and created to teem with aquatic life and plants.   A special statue creation was made to add to the beauty of this water system.

We even added a new irrigation system, which draws water from a natural rive source.   What excites us about this work is the water can be utilized all over the property and returned to the same source (river) cleaner and healthier (and, of course) full of micorbes.   We imagine setting them off to do their restorative work down river.   This self-sustaining approach minimizes disruptions to the local ecosystem, maintaining water rich in beneficial microorganisms

Permaculture is not just about gardens and farms.    It includes all aspects of living with and mimicking Nature.    Our team even grounded the electrical system of the house for this client.   We do anticipate we will return to this property for the next phase of creating.

While our focus is the earth’s smallest yet most significant inhabitants (the microbes), our services to help clients are expanding in many ways.  Our team is growing and our mission too. 

 

The success of your garden begins with one fundamental factor – its soil and the microbes. This ensures a flourishing garden.  Living Soil Yum is our latest, tested all natural product to help our soils, plants and humans.  It is a mixture of our Microbe Grown Compost Humic and Fulvic Acid, Azolla, Comfrey, Yarrow, and Nettle.   Next to our Microbe Compost, this is your garden’s best companion. It will elevate soil structure, nutrient accessibility, and plant resilience, all contributing to vigorous growth and top-tier, nutrient dense produce.

We are soil geeks and we love the microbes.    During our training with Dr Elaine ingham, she challenged us, the students, to create special recipes to increase biology in our BioComplete (TM) compost piles.  All students embark upon experiments studying and counting the microbes with our microscope.   Our goal is to increase the good guy biology.

Nic and I also are getting to know our Ecuadorian soils, the challenges we all face with soil restoration and we are finding solutions.    From our land, we hand picked precious plants high in mineral and nutrient contet.    We took our best and most diverse Microbe Compost and we made a blend that is amazing. 

We checked it in the microscope and we were pleasantly surprised. PUT CURSOR ON PHOTO FOR EXPLAINATION! 

This amazing blend is a supercharge for your garden’s vitality,!   The ingredients are Microbe Grown Compost Humic and Fulvic Acid, Azolla, Comfrey, Yarrow, and Nettle.   This is a haven for beneficial microbes .  When you add water, the spores and cysts will wake up!   The microbes, btw, are the ones that break down organic matter, releasing nutrients and safeguarding plants from pests and diseases.  Let’s look at the benefits.

Humic and Fulvic Acid

These acids are very complext compounds that science has not yet figured out.  These intricate organic acids form over millions of years through the decomposition of plants and animals. While their precise structure remains a mystery, their crucial role in soil health and plant growth is undeniable.   It is also beneficial for humans too.   It is interesting to note that fulvic and humic acid supplements are not regulated by the FDA, yet!   I suppose they cannot regulate something they can not understand.   That is good news for us!    .   I drink our compost extracts and teas for these acids.  Yes, I do!   I have a microscope to ensure only the good guys are home!

What does these complex molecules do for soils, plants and humans?

For the soil and plants:

  • Helps to transport nutrients into plant cells
  • Improves the soil’s structure and drainage
  • Chelates minerals, making them more available to plants 
  • Increases the water-holding capacity of the soil
  • Helps to detoxify plants from heavy metals and other pollutants
  • Helps to suppress soil-borne diseases 

For Humans:

  • Supports immune system function
  • Promotes detoxification of heavy metals and other toxins
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Enhances nutrient absorption
  • Boosts energy and athletic performance
  • Supports skin health
  • Supports wound healing
  • Supports gut health 

Azolla:   

This nitrogen-fixing fern enriches the soil with crucial nitrogen, supporting plant growth and optimizing water retention. Azolla is a versatile and beneficial soil amendment that can improve soil fertility, crop yields, and pest resistance. It is a rich source of nitrogen, organic matter, and it has been shown to suppress some soil-borne pests and diseases. Azolla is a fern that can also help to improve water quality by providing oxygen to aquatic ecosystems.   

Comfrey:

We comfrey both for its’ benefits for humans (bone knitting) and as a chop and drop in our gardens and pasture.   Comfrey is a nutrient-rich herb, delivering essential elements such as nitrogen, potassium and calcium. 

Yarrow:

Known for its soil structure-enhancing capabilities and deep-reaching roots that break up compacted soil. It also provides valuable nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, and calcium.  Yarrow is not native to Ecuador but our stock in the garden is growing happily.  

Nettle: 

Ah, the beautifil and yet dangerous nettle!   She is a favourite on my list of nutritive herbs.    She adds  iron, magnesium, potassium, and silica, reinforcing plant cell walls.

Such an amazing blend!   We are excited!

The Benefits of Our Soil Amendment

Improved Soil Structure
Our soil amendment enriches the soil’s structure by introducing organic matter and beneficial microbes, resulting in better drainage, aeration, and water retention.

Enhanced Nutrient Accessibility
It elevates nutrient availability by unlocking nutrients from organic matter and enhancing the soil’s capacity to hold them. The outcome? Quicker growth, increased yields, and superior-quality produce.

Resistance to Pests and Diseases
Strengthening plants, making them more resilient against pests and diseases, ultimately saving you time and money on treatments.

Promoting Plant Growth and Development
By supplying the essential nutrients and beneficial microbes, it paves the way for robust plant growth.

Applying Our Soil Amendment

To reap the benefits, dissolve 1 tbsp in litre of pure (non-chlorinated) water.   This can then be dilluted once again or give each plant a little drink.    Mix well and apply immediately to your plants and garden.   You can also ncorporate it into your compost pile to expedite and encrish the composting process. For optimal results, use it every few weeks throughout the growing season.   Even better, purchase our Aged Organic Matter (mixto) and blend!

Revitalize Your Garden! 

Boost your garden’s well-being and witness it thrive like never before.

 

 

When contemplating the wondrous process by which plants convert sunlight into sustenance, it’s a reminder of the vast diversity of life.  Much of our world is on fire!   Some is natural and some is not!   It has caused a fear of fire as something we most stop and prevent.   

Sun is fire.    Plants utilize this fire for food.   Basically we can say that plants are fire eaters.   This understanding, transcending our human-centric perspective, touches our hearts more profoundly than our rational minds. The realization that plants and flowers are born from the radiant energy of the sun invokes a deep sense of wonder. It’s in our hearts, not our intellect, that we truly grasp this miracle.

Wildfires are often seen as destructive, but they are also a natural part of many ecosystems. Fire helps to recycle nutrients, control pests, and promote the growth of new plants.

Humans have a long history of using fire, but we have also learned to fear it. We do everything we can to prevent wildfires, even though they are necessary for ecological balance.   Fire can destroy and give birth.    Sometimes, when we interrupt the natural fire cycles of the Earth, we throw the ecosystem out of balance.

Many flowers adapted with fire.  They teach us that it is possible to survive and thrive even after a devastating experience. They remind us that fire is a natural and necessary part of life.   The adaptation of certain flowering plants to thrive in fire-prone environments is nothing short of remarkable. Take, for instance Wild Hollyhock which I am attempting to grow in my garden.   In the wilds, this plant used the heat of fire to trigger its seeds to germinate. These seeds are like memory-keepers, preserving the ancient wisdom of survival in extreme climates. What can we, as humans, learn from these eons of plant-gathered knowledge?

These “fire-following” flowers not only survive but thrive in the aftermath of a fire. The reduction in competition and the release of nutrients from the ashes create fertile ground for their growth. This ability to seize opportunities in the wake of fires is reminiscent of the success story of early flowering plants over 100 million years ago.

After a fire, these dormant “fire-flowers” burst into a riot of colors, symbolizing the resilience of life. They seem to respond to the devastation of the wildfire with a fiery passion of their own, ushering in a new cycle of life in a display of breathtaking beauty.

Other fire-adapted plants, such as fireweed, arnica, fire poppies, and fire lily, also exemplify the tenacity and adaptability of life in the face of fire. Purple Coneflower, known for its strength, becomes even more resilient when it survives a fire. It conveys a message of strength and resilience, reminding us that we are part of this Earth and possess the power to overcome our fears.

The history of angiosperms is intertwined with fire. Angiosperms are flowering plants.   Paleobotanists have unearthed evidence of ancient angiosperms preserved in charcoal residues, showing that fire has played a surprising role in preserving the oldest of flowers. These early angiosperms adapted to reproduce more quickly than their predecessors, enabling them to thrive in newly disturbed environments. They evolved more efficient photosynthesis, transpiration, and growth, which contributed to their dominance.

In the geologic record, a “high-fire world” existed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, where oxygen levels were higher, temperatures were warmer, and vegetation was abundant, providing ample fuel for fires. This fire-filled world facilitated the evolution and success of flowering plants.

In our culture, wildfires are often seen as destructive forces to be avoided at all costs. However, in nature, fire is one of the four fundamental elements, alongside water, air, and earth. It’s essential for ecological balance and has been a part of our human history for millions of years. We have a symbiotic relationship with fire, whether we realize it or not.

Yet, in modern times, we’ve become increasingly focused on suppressing wildfires, disrupting natural fire cycles, and altering ecosystems. This prompts us to reflect on the consequences of interfering with the natural order. Fire, in its various forms, serves as a cleansing force, removing what is no longer needed and opening space for new life to flourish. Just as the fire-follower flowers recall their origins, we too can learn from these natural processes.

Dr. Chad Hanson is a research ecologist and the director of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, located in Kennedy Meadows, California. He has studied fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems for decades, and his work has helped to shed light on the importance of natural fires in these ecosystems.

In his presentation, “Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate,” Dr. Hanson discusses how fear, arrogance, and greed have shaped the way that people view wildfires. He argues that these misconceptions have led to the mismanagement of wildfires, which can have negative impacts on forests and the climate.

Dr. Hanson’s work is closely aligned with the information shared about fire-adapted flowers. Both topics highlight the regenerative power of fire and the need to address misconceptions and misinformation about fire.

The interplay between fire-adapted plants, the ancient wisdom encoded in their seeds, and the role of fire in the evolution of flowering plants is a testament to the intricate dance of life on our planet. Fire, though often perceived as a destructive force, holds within it the potential for rebirth and renewal, a lesson we can all embrace as we navigate the challenges of life. 

Surviving a fire, being reduced to one’s bare essentials, and emerging anew, can be seen as a metaphor for personal growth and transformation. It’s a reminder that, despite the fear and destruction associated with fire, it can also foster new beginnings and offer a fresh perspective on life.

Fire is often seen as a destructive force, but it is also an essential part of many ecosystems. Natural fires help to rejuvenate the landscape, clear out dead and decaying matter, and create opportunities for new growth. This concept is closely related to the discussion about fire-adapted flowers that thrive in post-fire environments.

Here is Dr Carlos, a local coffee farmer and year one for this coffee farm!   Dr. Carlos Iñigues is a doctor of Ecohydrology and is the co-owner of Vinka coffee farm in Loja province, Ecuador. We provided soil tests, created a comprehensive soil report, and sold him our unique (microscope tested) microbe-rich compost and compost extracts.  

He rated 89% with the Coffee Association. 91% is considered World Class.

BTW..this was supposed to be a case study. However, when R Carlos saw the results, he stopped the case study to microbe his entire land.
The Living Ground Project provides land, farm and homeower Consultancy Services to revive soil and land.
Microbiology soil testing, microbe-produced compost, extracts and teas. Our upcoming education center that will impart knowledge about microbes and health.  Good soil/terrain is the foundation of all health. We have the knowledge and tools to help you regenerate & transform your land into a food forest, while increasing the nutrition and health of all plants and living organisms.

 

 

September 1, 2023,  marks the one year anniversary for tThe Living Ground Project.   One year ago today, we took over our first microbe compost site.    What a year it has been!

A year ago,  were expecting the gifts….a  Mighty Mike Compost Maker and Slow Speed Tracker …to arrive.  It was an amazing and exciting donation to Living Ground from a USA foundation that beleived in our work.    We acquired a site and began preparing it for for mass producing Microbes.     

The equipment never arrived.   The COVID restrictions and transportation mess made it impossible.    Disappointing!  Subsequently, these machines were donated to Dr Elaine’s (our teacher) in Oregon.  Needless to say, we had no choice than to learn how to mass produce microbes by hand.   And, we perfected the process.   I beleive we are the first SFW students to successfully mass produce Microbe Compost.

Then we considered another local site for operations that was around the corner from our operations.  While it was amazing, it was too expensive!  It was an old delapitated building that was home (dormintory) to highway workers.  The grounds were contaminated.   “Imposssible”, we thought! And, perhaps too big for us?    March of 2023, against all odds and much risk taking, we acquired the site literally saving the land from a gas company.  Now what!  The dream grew tremendously and the work too!

A lot has happened in this last year….really it is a full books worth of changes and experiences:   We’ve gained, lost, challenged, overcome and tried to do our best.   

Highlights:

  1. We’ve had successes (like acquiring the Project Site) and disappointments (facing the challenges of human transformations and staying true to our values and morals).   
  2. We’ve charged ahead with gusto making things happen despite having little means.   We acquired the Project Site.  
  3. We’ve opened our Microbe/Health Air bnb.  This is the beginning of the tourism aspect of the Project.
  4. We’ve showcase our value added microbe grown products in our community.   
  5. We are creating the landscape foundations at the Project Site creating the 2nd market garden and Secret garden. 
  6. We are consulting and transforming lands.
  7. We are creating our educational platforms (online and onsite)  
  8. We are moving forward!    Our fireside chat video (here) explains how we are “doing” all we said we would do!   

Yes, as you can imagine, there is a lot going on is the background.   It is organized chaos! 

As Mama Microbe, I am proud of the team and the supporters (volunteers) who are helping make this happen.   It isn’t easy but each one of us is growing, learning and discovering.   

The Project (whether applied to the physcial or the personal) is rooted in the belief that even the tiniest of beings can create ripples of change.    This statement is one I repeat over and over as a mantra to remind myself that this initiative stands as a testament to the power of human determination, creativity, and purpose.   What can we accomplish when we come together?    Our project is also rooted in the concept of symbiosis (which embraces tension) and we practice respect and honor for the earth and each other.   We often we find ourselves giving more than we recieve.   In today’s world of consciousness, this is going against the grain (or the swing of self-obsession).   It is important!

Personally, I see this project as a canvas of hope, collaboration, and transformation. It’s not just a project; it’s an embodiment of the “little good guy” humans working hand in hand with the “little good guys” of nature – the microbes that lay the foundation for all life.   Although the trend is moving towards understanding microbes (in the human and soil), we have in the palm of our hands a unique mission: to nurture the Earth, empower communities, and foster a new understanding of life itself and mimic the microbes symbiosis.   It is beautiful!

Recently, I had the privilege of witnessing another project, quite similar in purpose.   I was inspired and amazed at this Project and intrigue with how we could cooperate.   We are on a similar path with one key difference – the availability of financial resources.  Honestly, it would be easy to feel deflated or frustrated as the Living Ground Project struggles to bootstrap its way forward, working tirelessly with limited financial means. Yet, within this challenge lies a profound opportunity.   I use my mantra to give me hope!    

I realize that there is a book forming from the stories and experiences we are all having at Living Ground.   The ups and downs, the challenges and discernments are creating a symbiotic tale of what can happen is the little guys come together.   I’ve found myself being too trusting in many situations so that the “team” intervenes to put me back in line.   I’ve been blamed and accused of things that I don’t own.  It is quite a story and one that will be shared one day!  

And, the Living Ground Project isn’t just about the end result; it’s about the journey. It’s about proving that dedication, passion, and resilience can transcend personal and economic barriers. It’s a bold assertion that the “little guys” – whether they’re the microbes in the soil or the humans with dreams – can bring about real change, regardless of the odds stacked against them.

Yes, our financial resources are scarce.  But we are doing it!    The Living Ground Project is rich in heart, spirit, and ingenuity. The Soil Squad team pours their soul into each endeavor, raising the project brick by brick, hand by hand, project by project. Every step is a triumph over adversity, an embodiment of the spirit that refuses to be confined by limitations.

Creativity takes center stage as the project navigates the challenge of acquiring materials while ensuring fair compensation (now and in the future). It’s a dance of innovation and determination, a story of crafting something magical.

And, my intention is real!    My aim is to raise this Project until the leaders are confident and secure.   When this time comes, I will gift it into the hands of good people to continue with the legacy and mission.   I have even thought about moving back to a new Magical Forest.  For those who don’t know me, the Magical Forest was my created home when I arrived in Ecuador where I lived without walls, in a tree house and as self sufficent as I could.   I will return to this space and create my nature living once again.  Perhaps I become the crazy lady in the bush who can mentor the Team from afar?

So I am sharing a little of the “Behind the Scenes”.    We are doing the work with purpose.    We are spreading the microbes.    It is happening.   And as we charge ahead with our mission, the microbes silently work their magic in the soil.  Our greatest ally is these “good little guys”.   Together, we weave a narrative of growth, connection, and transformation.

We don’t have much, but the Living Ground Project isn’t just about resources; it’s about redefining success. It’s about proving that the impact of an initiative isn’t solely measured in economics. It’s about leaving an indelible mark on hearts and landscapes, about fostering a community that understands the language of the Earth and the unity of life.

This is about realizing the truth about who we are!   We are more than just humans. We are mostly microbes. Trillions of these microscopic allies reside within our very beings, shaping our existence.  Just as every note in a symphony contributes to the grand melody, every microbe within us harmonizes with the greater whole. These tiny creatures are the unseen architects of vitality, creating ecosystems of unparalleled complexity. Their currencies are nutrients, energy flows, and the exchange of information that shapes the very fabric of life.

In a world often driven by economic systems, the microcosm within us and around us serves as a living testament to a different way of thriving. It’s a profound reminder that the sustenance of life need not be tethered to monetary transactions. Rather, it relies on the elegant dance of ecosystems, the generosity of nature, and the sacred balance that honors the interconnectedness of all beings.

So, as the Living Ground Project marches forward, remember that every step is a triumph over adversity. Every brick laid, every hand extended, every project undertaken is a testament to the unwavering spirit that knows no boundaries. It’s a beacon of hope for all “little good guys,” showing that with heart, determination, and a touch of magic, they can transform the world.

The Living Ground Project is not just a project – it’s a legacy in the making, a living testament to the potential of the “little guys” who dare to dream big.

To Nic, Tamar, Ian and Jimini, I love you dearly!   You are all such adorable misfits.   I ask for your forgiveness in where I fail and your patience as I, too, grow and learn.   One year….one year…and so much has happened.    I adore you!

 

Now for a photo story of the past year1

I commit and dedicate myself to this work…. it is needed and important for you and those that come behind us!   This is for Kaya!

 

 

Most realize that Compost is a mixture of organic materials that have been decomposed by microorganisms. It is a valuable soil amendment that can improve the fertility, structure, and water retention of soil.  Most do not realize the difference between organic compost, obone (manure) and Microbe Compost.  Here we explain the difference and why Microbe Compost is so important….

Microbe compost is made using a science process that encourages the growth of beneficial microorganisms.   Our aim is to remove all pathogens and enhance the environment for the benficial organisms.   We liken this to a probiotic!    Just like in the human microbiome, these microorganisms help to break down organic matter more quickly and efficiently than in regular organic compost.    We often say we are not making compost we are farming microbes.   And, we get to determine how our compost is with the microscope.   This is an important tool of our work.

Regular organic compost is made using a more traditional method that does not specifically target the growth of beneficial microorganisms. This type of compost can still be beneficial for plants, but it may not be as effective as microbe compost.   Also, it takes much longer and in the process may be home to many bad guy microbes.

Obono is pure manure and does contain pathogens most of the time.  Manure also is like the chemical fertilizers as it forces plant growth with Nitrogen.    A big beautiful plant may appear that is air, water and nitrogen and little else.

Here are four key differences between microbe compost and regular organic compost:

  1. Microbe compost is like a probiotic. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are beneficial for the gut. 
  2. Microbe compost is more potent. Because microbe compost is made using a process that encourages the growth of beneficial microorganisms, it contains higher levels of these microorganisms than regular organic compost. This means that microbe compost can have a more immediate and noticeable impact on the health of plants and soil.
  3. Microbe compost is more versatile. Microbe compost can be used for a wider variety of purposes than regular organic compost. It can be used to improve the fertility, structure, and water retention of soil, as well as to suppress plant diseases and pests. Regular organic compost is typically used for improving the fertility and structure of soil.
  4. Microbe compost is more sustainable.  It is mimicking Nature.  It is ensuring life “pro-biotic” literally means “pro life”

Organic Matter OM

In addition to microbe compost and regular organic compost, we also offer specialized Organic Matter.  Our OM is like a Prebiotic.  It feeds the microbes.

Living Grounds OM is a blend of woody materials that is aged and sprayed with microbe extract.   Most wood chips contain “anit-fungals” so the aging process is very imporatant.    Our OMis similar to microbe compost in that it contains beneficial microorganisms, but it is less potent. Organic matter is a good option for improving the structure and water retention of soil, but it is not as effective as microbe compost for improving the fertility of soil.

Which type of compost is right for you?

The best type of compost for you will depend on your specific needs and goals. If you are looking for a compost that is effective, versatile, and sustainable, then microbe compost is a best option. If you are looking for a compost that is less expensive and easier to make, then regular Organic Matter is a good option. And if you are looking for a compost that can help to improve the structure and water retention of soil, then both Microbe Compost and OM is a good option.

It is important to note that organic compost is not always safe. The process of making compost is not always monitored closely, so there is a chance that pathogens could exist in the compost and quite often do.    These pathogens can be harmful to plants and humans. It is important to test compost for pathogens before using it.  Here is where the benefit of our microscope come in.

Another thing to keep in mind is that organic compost can force growth. This means that the plants may grow quickly, but they may not be as healthy as plants that are grown with a more natural approach. The plants may also be more susceptible to pests and diseases.

In a way, organic matter is like the food that we eat, while microbe compost is like the probiotics that we take. Both are important for our health, but they work in different ways. Organic matter provides the nutrients that our bodies need, while probiotics help to keep our gut healthy and functioning properly.

In the same way, organic matter provides the nutrients that plants need, while microbe compost helps to keep the soil healthy and functioning properly. Healthy soil is essential for healthy plants, just as a healthy gut is essential for a healthy human.

If you are looking for a way to improve the health of your soil and plants, then microbe compost is for you.   Remember, we are actively consulting with land owners to regenerate lands, soils and homesteads.   We work within the budget and goals of our clients to bring life back to the soil.   Contact us for more information!   

At Living Ground, our mission extends far beyond saving soils – it’s about fostering a holistic connection that benefits plants, microbes, and humanity itself. While nature’s challenges persist, we approach them with a different perspective – one of harmony and mimicry, rather than conflict.

Today, we’re excited to invite you into our world through an informative video courtesy of the Soil Food Web (SFW) school. This captivating footage takes you on a journey through the heart of the Soil Food Web approach in Peru, offering a glimpse into the wonders that unfold when we align with nature’s wisdom.

Leisha is a  Soil Food Web Consultant and Nic is currently on his path toward certification within the same renowned program.

As we embark on this shared journey, we invite you to join us in championing a more harmonious and sustainable world. Come witness the magic of nature’s equilibrium, and be part of the Living Ground movement.

Before you delve into this transformative video, remember to subscribe to our blog and stay updated with our latest explorations, insights, and progress. Your presence and engagement mean the world to us.

And now, without further ado, let’s embark on this enlightening adventure by exploring the Soil Food Web approach through our exclusive video presentation.

This is an exciting chat with Darren (Fire Side Chat) and the Soil Squad where share the latest update on Phase II of the Living Ground Project. We discuss the current developments, including our newly launched healing and education Guest House which is the beginnings of the Health and Microbe Tourism POD. Our conversation delves into the significance of food sovereignty and the critical role of microbe-rich compost in restoring the health of our soil.   Consider supporting our noble mission….and s a token of our gratitude, we are pleased to offer a credit system to donors, providing them with future opportunities for exchange and involvement if they would like to visit the Guest House of the Project Site in the future!

 

 

Let’s discuss the similarities between gluten sensitivity and glyphosate toxicity. I believe that many  who think they are gluten sensitive may actually be glyphosate toxic.   

Glyphosate was discovered in 1950 by a Swiss chemist named Henry Martin. It was originally developed as a chelating agent, but later found to be an effective herbicide. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a widely used herbicide that is sprayed on crops to kill weeds. It is also used in other products, such as herbicides for lawns and gardens, and in animal feed.

Glyphosate works by inhibiting an enzyme called EPSPS, which is essential for the production of aromatic amino acids in plants. This causes the plant to die. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, which means that it kills both weeds and crops. However, it is more effective at killing weeds than crops. EPSPS is an enzyme that is involved in the shikimate pathway. It is responsible for the conversion of shikimate-3-phosphate to 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate.  The shikimate pathway is a metabolic pathway that is used by plants, bacteria, and fungi to synthesize aromatic amino acids.

The shikimate pathway is essential for the production of aromatic amino acids, which are used to synthesize proteins, vitamins, and other essential compounds. Glyphosate inhibits EPSPS, which blocks the shikimate pathway and prevents the production of aromatic amino acids. This is what kills plants that are exposed to glyphosate.

A little side note here…..It is interesting that Glyphosate and SARS-CoV-2 both affect the shikimate pathway, although in different ways. Glyphosate inhibits EPSPS, which blocks the shikimate pathway and prevents the plant from producing aromatic amino acids. SARS-CoV-2 hijacks the host cell’s shikimate pathway and uses it to produce the aromatic amino acids that it needs to replicate.   

Here are similarities between glyphosate and SARS-CoV-2:

  • Both can affect the shikimate pathway.
  • Both can be harmful to living organisms.
  • Both can be found in the environment.

Glyphosate is a controversial herbicide. Some people believe that it is safe, while others believe that it is a dangerous chemical that can cause cancer and other health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified glyphosate as a likely not carcinogenic to humans, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified it as a probable carcinogen.

The use of glyphosate is increasing worldwide. In the United States, it is the most widely used herbicide. The use of glyphosate has been linked to the decline of certain beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies. It has also been linked to the development of herbicide-resistant weeds.

Is glyphosate a toxin and danger?

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. This means that there is enough evidence to suggest that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans.
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the WHO, has also classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.
  • The European Union has classified glyphosate as a likely carcinogen. This means that there is limited evidence to suggest that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans.
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified glyphosate as a likely not carcinogenic to humans. However, the EPA’s decision has been criticized by many scientists, who believe that the EPA’s assessment is flawed.

The debate over the safety of glyphosate is ongoing but I think that anyone with any common sense knows it is a dangerous toxin. The weight of evidence suggests that glyphosate is a toxin that can pose a risk to human health.

There’s evidence that glyphosate harms human health in a few ways, including:

  • Cancer: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, meaning that it is likely to cause cancer. The IARC’s classification is based on a review of several studies that have found an association between glyphosate exposure and cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma. However, the EPA has classified glyphosate as a likely not carcinogenic to humans. The EPA’s classification is based on a review of different studies, including some that have not found an association between glyphosate exposure and cancer. More research is needed to determine the true cancer risk of glyphosate exposure.

    Neurotoxicity: Some studies have shown that glyphosate may be neurotoxic, meaning that it can damage the nervous system. For example, a study published in the journal Neurotoxicology in 2019 found that glyphosate exposure can damage the brains of rats. However, other studies have found no evidence of neurotoxicity. More research is needed to clarify the potential neurotoxicity of glyphosate exposure.

    Endocrine disruption: Glyphosate may disrupt the endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating hormones. This could lead to a variety of health problems, such as reproductive problems and thyroid disorders. For example, a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in 2013 found that glyphosate exposure can disrupt the production of testosterone in rats. However, other studies have not found an association between glyphosate exposure and endocrine disruption. More research is needed to determine the true risks of endocrine disruption from glyphosate exposure.

    Reproductive problems: Glyphosate may cause reproductive problems, such as decreased sperm count and fertility problems. For example, a study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology in 2018 found that glyphosate exposure can decrease sperm count in rats. However, other studies have not found an association between glyphosate exposure and reproductive problems. More research is needed to determine the true risks of reproductive problems from glyphosate exposure.

    Gut health: Glyphosate may disrupt the gut microbiome, which is the community of bacteria that live in the gut. This could lead to a variety of health problems, such as digestive problems and autoimmune diseases. For example, a study published in the journal Nature Microbiology in 2020 found that glyphosate exposure can disrupt the gut microbiome in mice. However, other studies have not found an association between glyphosate exposure and gut health problems. More research is needed to determine the true risks of gut health problems from glyphosate exposure.

There is growing evidence that glyphosate can damage the proteins in gluten, making it less digestible. This can cause symptoms in people who are sensitive to gluten.   The symptoms of gluten sensitivity and glyphosate toxicity can be very similar. They can include:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

It can be difficult to tell the difference between gluten sensitivity and glyphosate toxicity, especially if you have been exposed to both. However, there are a few things that you can do to help you determine the cause of your symptoms.

  • Get tested for gluten sensitivity. There is a blood test that can be used to diagnose gluten sensitivity.
  • Avoid gluten for a period of time and see if your symptoms improve. If your symptoms improve when you avoid gluten, then you are likely gluten sensitive.

There are a few things that you can do to naturally cleanse your body of this toxin.

  • Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help to detoxify your body and improve your overall health. These foods are high in antioxidants and help the microbiome which can help to remove toxins from the body.
  • Drink filtered water. Glyphosate can be found in tap water, so it is important to drink filtered water whenever possible.
  • Supplements. There are a number of supplements that can help to detoxify your body from glyphosate, such as activated charcoal, chlorella, and spirulina. Activated charcoal is a natural substance that can bind to toxins and help to remove them from the body. Chlorella and spirulina are types of algae that are high in antioxidants and other nutrients that can help to support the body’s natural detoxification processes.
  • Use herbs. There are a number of herbs that can help to detoxify your body from glyphosate, such as dandelion root, burdock root, and milk thistle. Dandelion root is a natural diuretic that can help to flush toxins out of the body. Burdock root is a liver tonic that can help to support the body’s natural detoxification processes. Milk thistle is a liver protectant that can help to repair damage caused by toxins.  These herbs are all in our Liver Love The Blood Tincture.

Other ways to reduce exposure to glyphosate

  • Buy organic foods whenever possible. Organic crops are not sprayed with glyphosate.   Even better, buy microbe grown plants.
  • If you do not know where you produce is coming from, wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them. This will help to remove any residual glyphosate that may be on the surface of the food.
  • Avoid processed foods. Processed foods are often high in glyphosate.
  • Avoid drinking tap water. Glyphosate can be found in tap water, so it is important to drink filtered water whenever possible.
  • Avoid using herbicides and pesticides around your home.Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It is what gives these grains their chewy texture. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a herbicide that is widely used to kill weeds. It is a systemic herbicide, which means that it is absorbed by the plant and moves throughout its tissues.

Microbe extracts are more environmentally friendly, less harmful to humans, and can be more effective than glyphosate.  Microbe extracts are not known to be harmful. Some studies have shown that microbe extracts can be as effective as glyphosate at killing weeds, and they can also help to improve the health of the soil.

Here are some of the specific reasons why microbe extracts may be better than glyphosate:

  • Microbe extracts are more environmentally friendly: Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide, which means that it kills both weeds and crops. This can have a negative impact on the environment, as it can kill beneficial organisms as well as harmful ones. Microbe extracts, on the other hand, are more targeted and are less likely to harm the environment.
  • Microbe extracts are less harmful to humans: There is some evidence that glyphosate may be harmful to human health, as it has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, and gut health problems. Microbe extracts, on the other hand, are not known to be harmful to humans.
  • Microbe extracts can be more effective than glyphosate: Microbe extracts can be as effective as glyphosate at killing weeds. In addition, microbe extracts can help to improve the health of the soil, which can lead to healthier plants.

 

Recently, I embarked on a journey to the Ecuadorian seaside.  The purpose was to write.  Living Ground is creating our education platform to share our knowledge and self-reliance, health and microbes.  We are creating courses on Microbe Compost, Growing Food and Medicine, Layperson’s Guide to Live Blood Analysis, Alternative Protocols, Kitchen Alchemy, and a comprehensive herbal guide.

I wrote!  I wrote a lot.  Amid this ocean waves sound track, a newfound inspiration surged within me, prompting me to embark on a profound new idea that is perhaps uncharted  in thought and creation (to the best of my knowledge)   

I found myself meticulously crafting the herbal course and it underwent a transformative evolution. I’ve selected 43 herbs, each possessing universal adaptability (can grow anywhere) and have detailed their potent medicinal properties and cultivation methods.  I created characters for the herbs giving them a creation story with a special microbe..the symbiotic relationship.

Yet, the journey didn’t end there; it evolved into a deeper inquiry into the symbiotic relationship between these plants and the microbial world.   Those who know me know I am enthralled by the intricate dance between flora and microbes, I also found myself exploring and writing about the delicate equilibrium that shapes our ecosystem and human microbiome.    It was exhilarating  to say the least and I wrote over 250 pages during my coastal sojourn.  I beleive it is maybe 1/2 complete.

The comprehensive manual for the layperson’s Live Blood Analysis course nears completion, awaiting only the addition of visual aids to enhance its depth. The magnum opus of Microbe Compost, an exploration into the art and science of enriching soil vitality,  is in the final stages of formatting. Equally enthralling is sharing my collection of natural health protocols and terrain theory insights, including a treasury of herbal recipes that bridge the realms of health and culinary alchemy.

As these projectss are slowly reaching their fruition.   It is a labour of love!

Our aspiration is to extend this wealth of knowledge to others.   So, Online platforms will soon offer the courses.

Yet, as much as we embrace the digital age, we hold steadfast to the belief that the most profound learning occurs through tangible experiences. With open arms, we will be able to invite learners, students and seekers to our Project Site, where hands-on engagement breathes life into the written word.   It is slowly and surely coming together.  I am grateful for Mama Sea and the Soil Squad who held down the fort amazingly.    It is a blessing to be working with such generous and kind people!

Our ultimate mission is to send ripples of transformation far and wide, just like a drop in the boundless ocean, as we share the fruits of our labor with a world thirsting for knowledge and healing.

 

Soil and Soil Microbes…the did you know…..

1. Power in Numbers: Did you know that in just one gram of healthy soil, you can find more microbes than there are people on Earth? That’s over 7 billion microorganisms living in a space smaller than a sugar cube!

2. Biodiversity Hotspot: Soil microbes are incredibly diverse. In fact, scientists estimate that less than 1% of soil microbe species have been identified so far. It’s like exploring a vast jungle of microscopic organisms, waiting to be discovered!

3. Tiny Carbon Managers: Soil microbes are superheroes when it comes to carbon storage. They are responsible for sequestering about 10% of the world’s carbon emissions each year, playing a significant role in mitigating climate change.

4. Nutrient Recyclers: These tiny organisms are experts at recycling nutrients. Approximately 80% of nutrient cycling in ecosystems is facilitated by soil microbes, ensuring the availability of essential elements for plants and sustaining life on Earth.

5. Busy Decomposers: Soil microbes are nature’s cleanup crew. They break down organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead plants, at an astonishing rate. In fact, they can decompose up to 90% of organic material within just two weeks!

6. Multitasking Microbes: Imagine this: a single microbe capable of performing over 100,000 chemical reactions per second! These multitasking microbes are biochemical powerhouses, driving essential processes in soil and supporting the entire ecosystem.

7. Plant Partnerships: Soil microbes form partnerships with plants through intricate symbiotic relationships. Approximately 85% of all plant species engage in mutually beneficial connections with soil microbes, sharing nutrients and boosting each other’s growth.

8. Soil Health Guardians: Healthy soil ecosystems, teeming with diverse microbes, can suppress plant diseases by up to 70%. These microbial superheroes produce natural antibiotics and activate plant defense mechanisms, protecting our crops and gardens.

9. Living Cities Underground: Picture this fascinating fact: if you could gather all the soil microbes from just one square meter of healthy soil and line them up, they would stretch over 100 kilometers! That’s like a bustling underground city, right beneath our feet.

These captivating percentages and facts highlight the incredible capabilities and significance of soil microbes, inspiring awe and demonstrating their essential role in sustaining life on our planet.

We’re in trouble. Our over-reliance on fossil fuels and our taste for foods with a high carbon footprint is causing disruptive climate change. Our throwaway society has flooded the land and seas with plastic pollution. And we face a growing public health crisis triggered by the rise of disease-causing microbes that we cannot kill with antibiotics.

Now for the good news. Living Ground is entering the busy-ness of selling food…but our primary intention to provide a system where people can have ready and affordable access to gut food – that is food grown in microbe rich soils.

Our guts are a real brain. They form part of an intelligent control system which manages our bodies, particularly our appetite and so decides how much and what food we want to eat and how much and where we store fat. Our guts are also home to the bulk of our immune system. Poor guts health is at the source of modern chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and its related heart attacks, dementia etc. A health gut is really important.


But to have a healthy gut means we need the right biology in the first place and we need to feed it the right sort of food. When people find out how gut food is grown the whole idea puts most people off, which is why you can’t buy gut food from the supermarket or in a bottle from the chemist.

Healthy gut biology starts in the guts of creatures that live in the soil.   Read that again!     This microbe biology passes from the guts of the microbes and into the plants where if we eat them soon after they are harvested they will enter out guts and the plants will provide them with food so they will flourish.

We, and all animals, have been doing this for millions of years but the whole idea is totally at odds with our modern antiseptic society so eating gut food will always be for a minority group.   And, humans will diminish!    We can not duplicate Nature as much as science and technology tries.

We know how to grow gut food, you have to have soil which is full of creature of the soil.   To feed the creatures, the soils must be full of organic matter.  We don’t have to be concerned with minerals..there is plenty of that!

And we have to avoid chemicals which will harm the beneficial biology – modern chemicals may not hurt us but they can be a disaster for micro-biology.  And, I will add that Natural insecticides also are harmful.   

And we have to eat the plants shortly after they are harvested before the beneficial biology dies.

All this is a more expensive process than modern chemical industrial farming and supermarket system and to many people quite revolting, which is why we don’t see gut food products on super market shelves.

Good and nourishing food is really about growing food to feed our brain. To do that we have to feed the microbes that already are living in our gut – that’s a pre-biotic.

But we also have to breed new microbes in the soil, which will go into the plants that we will eat and hence from part of our gut brain – that’s a pro-biotic.

To breed these microbes we have to feed and water them – for that we need plants that take the energy from the sun and covert it into microbe food. The plant will exchange this food for the food it needs. So, the microbes go get the plants food.    Now the snag is that there are good bugs which will make us strong and healthy and bad bugs which at best just want to use as a comfy home to breed in – but unfortunately they often get it wrong and kill us.

To breed the good bugs – without the bad bugs taking over – we have to manage the conditions, which means food and water. The good bugs like oxygen and a little water….but not too wet (aerobic) while the bad bugs breed when it is wetter and no oxygen (anaerobic). How is oxygen transported in the human and what does it need to transport oxygen? Iron. But parasites love stored iron. Is this a rabbit hole or what?

Let’s get to the nitty gritty of true health! That means a paradigm shift. It is a 360 on our beliefs about health and microbes. Well, remember, Douglas Adams wrote : “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.” We probably only know 5% or less of how Nature works..but we do have some good information to change our ways NOW. And, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT!!!

Will you be apart of this soil revolution?