As an urban farm, Rusty Top Farm is committed to using natural and sustainable methods for growing our food. One of the most important aspects of this approach is soil care. Healthy soil is the foundation of a successful garden, and it's crucial to nurture it with organic amendments and practices that support beneficial microorganisms and fungi. By caring for our soil naturally, we not only improve the health and yield of our crops, but we also contribute to a healthier ecosystem and support the long-term sustainability of our farm.
Here's a quick overview of the soil amendments we make at Rusty Top Farm and their role in our regenerative practices:
Grass and Clover JLF (Jadam Liquid Fertilizer): This is a fermented fertilizer made from grass and clover, which is high in nitrogen and other beneficial nutrients. It can be used to improve soil health, enhance plant growth, and increase soil microbial activity.
Fish JLF: This is a fermented fertilizer made from fish waste that is high in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. It can be used to promote plant growth, improve soil health, and increase soil microbial activity.
Comfrey JLF: This is a fermented fertilizer made from comfrey, which is high in potassium and other beneficial nutrients. It can be used to improve soil fertility, promote plant growth, and increase soil microbial activity.
JADAM Indigenous Microorganisms (IMOs): These are beneficial microorganisms that are indigenous to the local environment. They can be used to improve soil health, suppress plant diseases, and enhance plant growth.
Jadam Wetting Agent (JWA): This is a natural surfactant that can be used to improve water penetration and soil moisture retention, especially in dry or compacted soils.
In general, all of these items can be used as part of a regenerative farming system to improve soil health, promote plant growth, and reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. By using natural and sustainable practices, Rusty Top Farm is contributing to a healthier and more resilient environment.
Worm castings, Biochar, and JADAM Indigenous Microorganisms Solution (JMS) mixed and ready to apply on the soil.
If you're interested in learning more about organic soil amendments and techniques for improving soil health, we recommend the following books:
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The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments: Using Locally Sourced Materials to Make Mineral and Biological Extracts and Ferments - This book provides practical guidance on using local materials to create powerful amendments that will improve soil health and plant growth. It emphasizes the importance of working with nature rather than against it.
Teaming with Fungi: The Organic Grower's Guide to Mycorrhizae (Science for Gardeners) - This book is a comprehensive guide to understanding and using mycorrhizal fungi, which form symbiotic relationships with plant roots and help them absorb nutrients. It explains the science behind these relationships and provides practical advice on incorporating fungi into your growing practices.
Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web - This book explains the complex interactions between microorganisms in the soil and how they contribute to plant health. It offers practical tips on how to work with, rather than against, the soil food web to build healthy soil.
Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition - This book provides an in-depth look at plant nutrition and how to optimize it using organic methods. It covers topics such as soil testing, mineralization, and nutrient cycling, and offers practical guidance on fertilization practices.
Teaming with Bacteria: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Endophytic Bacteria and the Rhizophagy Cycle - This book explores the complex relationships between plants and bacteria, and how these relationships can benefit plant growth and health. It offers practical guidance on using beneficial bacteria to improve soil health and plant growth.
The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food - This book provides a comprehensive guide to understanding soil and plant nutrition, and how to grow nutrient-dense food. It covers topics such as soil testing, mineralization, and nutrient cycling, and offers practical guidance on fertilization practices.
100 Herbs For Making JADAM Natural Pesticide: The way to Ultra-Low-Cost agriculture - This book provides a comprehensive guide to using natural herbs to make pesticide for organic farming. It covers topics such as pest identification and control, and offers practical guidance on using natural pesticides to improve soil health and plant growth.
JADAM Organic Farming (Second Edition) : Make your own All - Powerful Natural Pesticides, microbial inputs, and fertilizers. - This book provides practical guidance on using JADAM farming methods, which emphasize natural pest control, microbial inputs, and fertilizers. It covers topics such as natural pesticide production, and offers practical guidance on incorporating JADAM farming methods into your growing practices.
JADAM Organic PEST and DISEASE CONTROL: POWERFUL DIY Solutions to 167 Common Garden Pests and Diseases - This book offers practical solutions to common garden pests and diseases using natural methods. It covers topics such as pest identification and control, and offers practical guidance on using natural methods to improve soil health and plant growth.
Help Us Grow!
At Rusty Top Farms, we're dedicated to supporting our veterans and helping them experience the healing power of gardening. We're currently raising funds to build garden crates for veterans who may not have access to a garden or who may need extra support to get started.
Each garden crate costs us $300 to build, and we rely on donations from our community to make this project possible. If you'd like to support our mission and help us build garden crates for veterans, please consider making a donation through our fiscal sponsor at https://www.rustytopfarm.com/donate . Every donation counts and makes a difference in the lives of our veterans.
Thank you for your support and let's continue to work together to support our veterans and build a more resilient community!