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In Praise of Soil: A Conversation with the Founder of Coyote Creek Farm

Real Billions and Real Trillions

While I was searching for images of life in the soil, I came upon the following on Sweet Bay Farm’s website (see above). They’re working to restore soils depleted by decades of monoculture—the continual cultivation of a single crop, in this case tobacco—so this picture of several earthworm tunnels in a clod does not yet suggest anything teeming.

A Conversation With Jeff Moyer

Jeff, before we begin, I want to thank you for the images of the jars of water, one with soil rich in organic matter and one with the dissolved murkiness of soil that is deficient in carbon. Ever since you showed those images during a public talk a decade or so ago, the comparison has stuck with me.

Colorado Soil Systems Receives 0% Loan

In 2016, Colorado Soil Systems received a $15,000 zero-percent loan from the 2Forks Club. This loan allowed us to establish a fruit-tree rootstock nursery to preserve indigenous trees that grow in the valley; purchase irrigation supplies, fencing, and soil amendments; and embark on a vegetable- and flower- production operation.

Reader Interactions


  1. Tony Noordmans says

    Hats off to Jerry Cunningham for his perspective and understanding of farming,feed, food and family.
    I too am involved with those issues. I am establishing re-integrative training and employment options and opportunities for our returning Veterans in sustainable framing, food growing and rural community living. So if there is anyone out there who interested in supporting the development this effort, please feel free to contact me..
    Tony Noordmans

  2. Achala Jeff LeGro says

    Thanks so much! Warms my heart to hear of successful commercial ventures which not only respect the earth but realize that feeding the very soil is key to sustainable agriculture.

  3. John vanderHoek says

    I am setting up a small farm. Could you suggest sources of information on small-scale operations based on your model?

  4. Kallie Pakonen says

    Lutein was traditionally used in chicken feed to provide the yellow color of broiler chicken skin. Polled consumers viewed yellow chicken skin more favorably than white chicken skin. Such lutein fortification also results in a darker yellow egg yolk. Today the coloring of the egg yolk has become the primary reason for feed fortification. Lutein is not used as a colorant in other foods due to its limited stability, especially in the presence of other dyes.”`:’

  5. says

    Are they not genuinely cured with any form of insecticide or pesticide.
    Local farmers who have chosen to grow their crops organically may lose a certain percentage of
    their crops to pests but they are saving the environment around them in a
    huge way. Research by organic food associations has shown that additives in our food can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis,
    migraines and hyperactivity. Well, it also prevents weeds from growing.

    With your own two hands, you’ll be able to achieve quite much.

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