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Becoming the Good Soil: Expansion of Composting Capabilities at Nativity

Becoming the Good Soil: Expansion of Composting Capabilities at Nativity

By: Carl Sigel As we work to Restore God’s Earth, the amount of compostable material donated to Nativity by church members and from our church events and activities has increased significantly. Consequently, we are expanding our composting capabilities. In addition to our two Earth Machine […]

Becoming the Good Soil: A Theological Understanding

Becoming the Good Soil: A Theological Understanding

By: Carl Sigel In the modern world, it behooves us take a broader and more practical view of God’s commandment to keep the garden. When humankind inherited the garden, the soil was “good” and furthermore, there was a natural process for maintaining the fertility. Now, […]

Becoming the Good Soil: Supplementation of Cropland with Compost Increases Productivity

Becoming the Good Soil: Supplementation of Cropland with Compost Increases Productivity

  A review of the use of organic supplements to cropland indicated that application of long-lasting organic amendments increased organic carbon by up to 90% versus unfertilized soil, and up to 100% versus chemical fertilizer treatments. Furthermore, regular addition of organic residues, particularly composted ones, […]

Becoming the Good Soil: Increasing Soil Carbon Will Increase Crop Yields

Becoming the Good Soil: Increasing Soil Carbon Will Increase Crop Yields

By: Carl Sigel Increasing soil carbon will increase total soil organic matter (SOM), which is the very foundation for healthy and productive soils (1).  Organic farmers often judge and monitor soil health based on the amount of organic matter in each farm field. Active soil […]

Consensus Grows: climate-smart agriculture key to Paris Agreement goals

Consensus Grows: climate-smart agriculture key to Paris Agreement goals

By:Justin Catanoso, December 21, 2017 After the approval of the Paris Agreement in 2015, there was widespread recognition that the primary strategy for meeting the pact’s goals – reducing the burning of fossil fuels, while also preserving and restoring forests – would not be enough […]

Grow the Best Bird-Friendly Native Plants for Your Region

Grow the Best Bird-Friendly Native Plants for Your Region

The bird people of Audubon North Carolina are all about LOCAL, and so are we! Local plants, local gardens, and local birds: these are the key features of their Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year program. By planting native species, you’ll help to replace food […]