• T.R. Hutchinson-Owner Operator

Proof in the Pudding: A Case for Terra Preta

At the Mystic Earth Apiary, we like to back up what we say with scientific evidence, journals and credible research. We always go with a scientific approach, explanation and proper research before we do or say anything. Which is why we are posting this today. You've likely read our posts on facebook, twitter or on our blog here about how we're going to use Terra Preta. There are some really good examples of it and we're going to show them here.

But what we posted today about a follow up is that we are going to conduct the experiment, we are not going to share or divulge our proprietary mix, it's a trade secret that we'd like to keep for our benefit, that's regrettably the business side of us.

We will take three large pots and pick a crop to, or we will do six and two crops, whichever we have the funds for, and in the first pot we will put native soil from our region with no amendments, fertilizers or any chemicals whatsoever. The second will receive a name brand potting soil, the third will be our proprietary mix. They will each have the same amount of sunlight and water, no chemicals added. Pictures will be taken from germination (soil surface break) and growth in various stages. We will continue to post updates here on our blog, our facebook page and group and twitter to show how the experiment is going (despite we already know how it will). If we had a camera feed available, we'd show it.

We like to prove our methods and research, follow it up with all the science we can financially throw at it, and show that it works, that has giant benefits for industrial agriculture to take a step back in time and bring an old technique/technology back to life. A blast from the past to rock our future underneath our feet.

There is a difference I will add, between Terra Preta, and the modern movement of biochar. Biochar, while enhancing the soil, doesn't seem to be as stable in the soil as does the hardwood cold fire of the Amazon Natives (pre-columbian). More research is needed in biochar to fully become an advocate, without dismissing that it has benefits, just as regular composting does. Example of biochar seen below in figure 3.

We're excited to conduct this experiment next year for you, and hope that more members and people will join us at the Mystic Earth Apiary for discussions on how this old technology/technique/practice can have huge world resounding benefits for some serious problems we face in the era of industrial agriculture. I hope this has been informative and that you're as excited as we are.

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