“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”Franklin D. Roosevelt
It starts from the ground… the microcosmic building blocks.
Healthy soils are the foundation that support the rest of the eco-system at Pachamama. We have studied and implemented various soil-mending systems which allow us to build soil regeneration into our daily lifestyle.
Healthy soils have the potential to become carbon sinks: as plants and trees pump carbon in the form of sugars into their root exudate, they feed the soil organisms, who make minerals available to plants and trees for generations to come. Optimizing the health of our soils is therefore essential to accelerating the rate of regeneration, as well as increasing the carbon storage capacity of the landscape.
Organic material from clearing invasive vegetation is a valuable resource of which we have abundance. It is either milled into timber, chopped for firewood, or chipped and composted.
This compost is used to make soil mixtures, that feed into the nursery, gardens or reforestation sites, or used to make compost tea, a liquid inoculant, teaming with beneficial micro-organism. It is also used to heat water in our compost shower systems.
Our composting department is now producing more than ever, and set to continue to expand with our growing demand.
Looking forward, we aim to expand research and development in pyrolysis and the production of biochar, which would enable us to process organic matter into a stable form of carbon that is locked in the soil for hundreds, potentially thousands of years. In combination with high quality compost and vermicompost, this may offer one of the best alternatives to chemical fertilizers known to man. It also has the potential to be considered as a carbon sink and registered carbon credit project, diverting carbon that would otherwise be burnt in fuel reduction burns, back to the soil.
Nutrition for the body…
Expanding food production is a priority in order to feed a growing team of people who are needed to implement the various projects.
The food gardens are at their best at this time of year! The hard work of early Spring of remaking the beds and filling the pathways with woodchip is really noticeable – The community is eating fresh greens from the garden daily and is stocked on a supply of home-grown seedlings from our new nursery bench. We look forward to harvesting: corn, beans, zucchinis, tomatoes, lettuce, chard, spinach, calendula, celery, beetroot, carrots, chives, onions, potatoes, and much more!
We are also cultivating medicinal herbs with the potential to move into the production of natural health products
Our primary food garden or zone 1 is a large structure covered in shade netting to keep monkeys and other large animals out.
The irrigation is set up with an electric pump connected to our dam with individual taps and sprayers for the seedling bench, the garden beds and lines in our tree nursery.
A healthy body is a healthy mind…