Back in December, Allison and I were certain that we'd be moving from Cavour to Carpenter as the next step up the ladder. And, we thought we'd be there by the end of February.
Reality hit us as time passed faster than we got things accomplished, and we figured out that we'd be lucky to move by April.
Then suddenly, my father in-law Vaughn came up with a pile of work here on the family farm and needs help. So for now it looks like we're staying at least one more year, perhaps longer depending on how things go.
So much for our grand scheme that we were so sure of just two months ago. I've heard that life is full of changed plans, so I guess I'd better get used to it.
Meanwhile, I received about 22 hours of Dr. Elaine Ingham recordings and have been listening to them as fast as I can. I've nearly made it all the way through.
Elaine is a Soil Micro-Biologist and has discovered a multitude of really helpful information for farmers. She says that putting biology (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes) back in the soil (because it was mostly lost in the 1930's dust bowl) typically increases crop yields by 50-300%.
Not only is there higher production, but the nutritional quality is better too.
Since I'm a young man who needs a competitive edge in the agricultural world, learning her methods would be a major influence in putting my farm together.
I've determined that I need to take her courses and maybe even become a certified Soil Food Web consultant. I've got to learn how to balance soils and make them healthy again by using nature's tools.
If I can get signed up by the 28th of February, I can save $2488 in tuition. Their price for the four classes right now is $2500, and I need to find some financing.
If you would like to pitch in and help me out, give me a call and I'll gladly answer any questions you come up with. (605) 350-5659
This is the website with the courses if you want to take a look for yourself: environmentcelebration.com
Thank you very much!