The Science Behind Our Products
Our products were created using the principals of Korean Natural Farming and Permaculture to boost naturally occurring microorganisms and turn non-manure based waste into high quality soil.
Soil microbes are an emerging important aspect missing from most plant food products and are harmed by traditional chemical fertilizers. How important are soil microbes? Microbes have been shown to be the primary pathway in which plants uptake nutrients. Emerging science shows that microbes in the soil eat nutrients and then move into the roots of plants where the plants receive the nutrients from the microbes before the microbes go back out into the soil to eat more nutrients!
Think of it this way, soil microbes create a highway system to supply not just nutrients but also water to the plants whose roots can't reach as far as the microbes can. Fungi networks and bacteria work together to break down organic material into forms that plants can use and bring them to the plants as they need it! These microbes even act as police keeping bad microbes in check and away from plants. And they can keep pulling nutrients like nitrogen out of the air by a process called nitrogen fixation!
These fungi networks can also reach water supplies that plant roots can't reach, helping plants in times of drought. Our products also supply ingredients like silica and yucca that help boost plants' abilities to withstand environmental stresses and make it easier for them to get water.
Our products aren't just microbial inoculants but complete fertilizers. We have developed our products so that they contain natural sources of micro and macro nutrients, which combined with our proprietary blend of microbes create effective complete fertilizer that you actually need less of over time as you build up your soil's microbial ecosystem.
Most people (and fertilizers!) focus on macro nutrients. Macro nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium - the typical NPK plus calcium, magnesium and sulfur. Micro nutrients are just as important but needed in smaller quantities. Micro nutrients include but are not limited to iron, manganese, boron, zinc, copper and molybdenum. Kelp alone contains over 70 micronutrients and vitamins for plants!
So why are our products low in NPK? We combine our nutrients with microbes so the microbes actually eat the nutrients and store it in their own bodies where we can't test for them. The nutrients are still there and in a form readily available for plants but not in quantities or forms that can burn plants.
We have tried to overdose plants with our products but never succeed unless we drown a plant with excess water in trying to feed the plant!
Want to learn more? Here's some science articles to check out!
2019 AgEmerge Video - James White
Effects of Soil Quality Enhancement on Pollinator-Plant Interactions
The wonders of earthworms & its vermicompost in farm production: Charles Darwin’s ‘friends of farmers’, with potential to replace destructive chemical fertilizers
Vermicompost significantly affects plant growth. A meta-analysis
EFFECTS OF VERMICOMPOSTS ON PLANT GROWTH
The Effects of Vermicompost on Field Turnips and Rainfall Runoff