Soils

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.

Here we have a team mixing molasses into sawdust as part a workshop we hosted on making Bokashi