We don't aim to re-invent the wheel. There are loads of wonderful people out there sharing how to build good soil and grow tons of food. This page brings a few of these ideas together for you to use as a reference in a Garden Ring context.
Soil Restoration Basics: Regenerative Agriculture
A Deeper Dive Into Regenerative Agriculture
From a standpoint of combatting climate change through responsible agriculture practices, Eric Toensmeier's "The Carbon Farming Solution" is a tome completely packed with valuable knowledge on companion-planting, permaculture-style site design, and tips for agriculture that suits one's region.
Foods are anything but uniform. Only when humans recognize that nutritional quality is variable and learn about subsequent implications, everything will flow on its own accord.
How can farmers determine the nutrient quality in their soils? The idea tracks back to the very origin of the supply chain, namely the natural environment.
Whether you want your garden veggies to have a longer shelf life, more intense flavor, or an abundance of nutrients, increasing nutrient density is the answer.
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Land is often cheap for a reason: somebody in the past nearly ruined the property. Perhaps it was "big-ag," perhaps it was a different industry. In any case, David Montgomery describes in his book "Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life" how to restore soil to a productive state. Having visited farms and test plots around the world where regenerative farming practices are at play, the findings are amazing: if you start with an industrial farm, after an average of just three years you can already achieve pre-transition yields (and begin building rich humus soil for strong harvests into eternity). This book is worth a read if you are looking for a high-level understanding of what regenerative agriculture is all about.