Building Soil Fertility

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It all starts with building healthy soil. Successful organic farming is based on using carefully planned multi-year crop rotations and boosting soil organic matter with green manuring and adding compost.

Soil Biology and Fertility

As Above, So below: Building Community in the soil and in Agriculture – Article by Janine Gibson on the importance of understanding soil biology and ecology in managing soil fertility.
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada. 2009

Soil Microbial Interactions and Organic Farming – This resource explores the role of microorganisms, like bacteria, in creating healthy soil ecosystems that benefit organic farms.
Organic Farming Research Foundation, 2016

Measures of Soil and Biological Activity – A guide to different methods for measuring soil biology and biological activity.
eOrganic. 2015

Guide to Soil Invertebrates – An introductory key to the New Zealand invertebrates found in soil and litter but a great resources for anyone in getting acquainted with soil ecosystems.
Massey University

Soil microbial communities and grain quality as affected by spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivar and grain mixtures in organic and conventional management systems. 
University of Alberta. 2011

Increasing Soil Organic Matter in Organic Cropping Systems 

Recorded webinar from 2015 with Stuart Grandy and Cynthia Kallenbach of the University of New Hampshire. 

The Plant’s Role in Soil Fertility

Dr. Diane Knight o the University of Saskatchewan presents material on the plant and soil relationship in this recorded webinar in 2014.

Managing Soil Fertility Farmer Panel

Four farmers at the OFCM lead transition workshop at Manitoba Ag Days 2016 talk about how they maintain fertility.

Helpful Links:

OACC Website – Soils and Fertility
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada.

Soil Biology Resources
Organic Alberta.