Food Security & Climate Change: Let’s Talk Soil

Soil microbes are key to the function of agricultural systems. Microbial populations play roles in nutrient cycling, from fixing nitrogen to solubilizing phosphorus. Thus started an interview with Dr. Kristine Nichols, the former Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute, an independent research institute for organic farming. This is the same role SymSoil’s Senior Scientific Advisor, Dr. Elaine Ingham, held. The full interview can be found here, but here are a few highlights: Soil health is critical to both food security and combating climate change because soil is the foundational resource for our food production—basically, without soil, we cannot grow food. … Continue reading Food Security & Climate Change: Let’s Talk Soil

First Shipment of SymSoil

Yesterday, the company was highlighted in the Solano County Daily Republic newspaper. The article, New Chemical-free Soil Amendment Firm sets up in Solano,  launches the company into selling our first production batch. Much for much of kudos for the success of our launch in Solano is a result of our strong relationship with the Economic Development Corp., the Solano County Farmbudsman, the County’s Senior Analyst, in addition to strategic partnerships with Recology, Solano County’s composting operation and Il Fiorello, the leading organic olive oil producer in the region. Just a week earlier, 3 truck-loads of our initial product were shipped to Southern California, for use … Continue reading First Shipment of SymSoil

SymSoil Announces Move to Solano County

SymSoil, a leader in development of biological soil amendments for agriculture that help restore the natural organic minerals to return soil to is indigenous strength,  announced this week its commitment to locate operations in Solano County. This is a first stage for the company as it embarks on its mission to stem the tide of chemical and pesticide use in farming the food we eat. Click below to read the full story: https://www.dailyrepublic.com/solano-news/fairfield/new-chemical-free-soil-amendment-firm-sets-up-in-solano/ For more information contact   Continue reading SymSoil Announces Move to Solano County

Regenerative Agriculture and SymSoil

Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles, processes and practices that actively enriches soils, biodiversity of the soil microbes, the overall ecosystem and watersheds while effectively increasing soil fertility and agricultural yields. Most practitioners believe that Regenerative Agriculture can improve the resilience of the farmer and rancher economically, as well as the well-being of the surrounding communities. SymSoil Inc., as a microbe farmer and soil blender, may be overly focused on the role of the soil microbes in plant health. Our science staff approaches Regenerative Agriculture from the perspective of training in permaculture, Korean Natural Farming, carbon chemistry and … Continue reading Regenerative Agriculture and SymSoil

California Olive Ranch Pursues Regenerative Agriculture

California Olive Ranch CEO Gregg Kelley asserts that his company has taken decisive measures to “work with the land,” rather than against it throughout their production operations. https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-business/california-olive-ranch-pursues-regenerative-agriculture/58849apple.news/AE3s4UMwpSZSi6Rytc_hTxA Continue reading California Olive Ranch Pursues Regenerative Agriculture

Improving Soil to Improve Taste

Harry Klee, a researcher at the University of Florida published insights into improving tomato flavor in a 2012 article in Current Biology. Klee believes good tomato flavor is a complex panorama of sugars, acids, and mysterious gassy chemicals that we experience as smell. Klee and his colleagues are still identifying those “aroma volatiles.”  Reviewing 152 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, the researchers found more than 3,000 volatile chemicals that impact taste. He recommends planting seedlings in rich soil with lots of organic matter, or compost. The interaction between the microbes can impact flavor significantly.  NPR has an article, How to Grow … Continue reading Improving Soil to Improve Taste

Scientific American, Citing FAO Study, Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

Since you are here, reading about SymSoil™ you probably already know that life as we know it is dependent upon the top six inches of the planet. The key message was alarming: Unless new approaches are adopted, the global amount of arable and productive land per person in 2050 will be only a quarter of the level in 1960, the FAO reported, due to growing populations and soil degradation. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/only-60-years-of-farming-left-if-soil-degradation-continues/ Continue reading Scientific American, Citing FAO Study, Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues