Here are links to archives with lots of info on composting, compost tea, beneficial microorganisms from experts.
Soils In Biological Agriculture http://www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech/permaculture/mailarchives/discussion-threads/soil-quality/
Remineralize the Earth http://www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech/orgfarm/remineralization/remineralization.selected-writings
Compost Tea, Soil Foodweb, Soil Quality Discussion
Archive 1 http://www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech/SoilWiki/message-archives/composttea+soilfoodweb+soilquality/1/maillist.html
Archive 2 http://www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech/SoilWiki/message-archives/composttea+soilfoodweb+soilquality/2/maillist.html
Archive 3 http://www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech/SoilWiki/message-archives/composttea+soilfoodweb+soilquality/3/maillist.html
Archive 4 http://www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech/SoilWiki/message-archives/composttea+soilfoodweb+soilquality/4/maillist.html
Archive 5 http://www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech/SoilWiki/message-archives/composttea+soilfoodweb+soilquality/5/maillist.html
Glomalin: Hiding Place for a Third of the World's Stored Soil Carbon - ARS Bulletin http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/sep02/soil0902.htm
Soil Quality Links & Literature http://www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech/soil-links+lit.html
# USDA National Resources Conservation Service Soil Quality Institute
# Illinois Soil Quality Initiative
# Soil Quality and Soil Health FAQ
# Soil Quality Network
# Soil Quality Monitoring For Sustainable
# NSCP Monitoring Soil Quality Evaluation Report
# PMAC Soil Quality Resources
# Soil Quality Discussion in Sanet-MG
# Another Soil Quality Discussion in Sanet-MG
# Soil Quality Resources at Landcare Research
# Oregon Small Farms - Water/Soil Quality
# National Soil Tilth Laboratory
Soil quality: A concept, definition, and framework for evaluation.
Soil Science Society of America Journal
Soil Processes and the Carbon Cycle. CRC Press, Boca Raton.
Advances in Agronomy. Vol. Academic Press, San Diego, CA
Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.
American Journal of Alternative Agriculture
Defining Soil Quality for a Sustainable Environment. SSSA Spec. Publ.
Soil Science Society of America, Madison, WI.
"Let the soil work for us" free online article at Cyber-Help for Organic Farmers http://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/rcbtoa/training/soil-article.html
Methods for Assessing Soil Quality. SSSA Spec. Publ.
oil Science Society of America, Madison, WI.
Soil Quality for Crop Production and Ecosystem Health.
Developments in Soil Science Elsevier, New York.
Biological Indicators of Soil Health. CAB International, New York.
Erosion and Carbon Sequestration
Soil Quality and Soil Erosion. CRC Press, Boca Raton.
Management of Carbon Sequestration in Soil.
CRC Press, Boca Raton.
See John Jeavons book How To Grow More Vegetables", Alan
Chadwick's literature and lectures (links
on my website) and Aquatias' "Intensive Culture of Vegetables, French
System", All Books
by Eliot Coleman and many more outstanding works of timeless value.
You can read a few transcribed Alan Chadwick lectures here: http://www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech/orgfarm/permaculture/Alan.Chadwick/
Archives of the writings of Emelia Hazelip and Marc Bonfils are here:
souscayrous' biological farming & permaculture
Emilia Hazelip's Synergistic Agriculture - Collected Papers
Marc Bonfils' Agricultural Research
souscayrous' albums (the two above) on PicasaWeb
Videos of Emelia Hazelip showing raised bed
June 08, 2008
"Emilia Hazelip (1938 - February 1, 2003) was an organic Permaculture
gardener who was born in Spain and began gardening
seriously in the late
'60s. A former Merry Prankster and pioneer of the concept of synergistic gardening
, her farming methods were inspired by the work of Masanobu Fukuoka
. Where Fukuoka focused most of his attention on orchards and the
rice/barley crop rotation, Emilia Hazelip focused on creating and
maintaining market gardens of vegetables and herbs. Emilia Hazelip, who
introduced the concept of permaculture to France over a decade ago,
drew on many sources as she continued to develop gardens.
The work of Permaculturist Marc Bonfils with self-fertile
cereal production and the microbiological research of Alan Smith and
are frequently mentioned.
To see more videos by the maker of this film and for contact information
on how to purchase a high quality full length version (SVHS) on DVD
please visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/BULLEBOULO
For More Information on the Global Permaculture Movement Please Visit: http://www.permacultureplanet.com"
Other sources for information, tools and seeds include:
heirloom - untreated - sustainable - vegetable seeds - Bountiful Gardens http://www.bountifulgardens.org/
This is John Jeavons website.
Books by John Jeavons http://www.growbiointensive.org/biointensive/book.html
Various farming systems in use:
organic farming (IFOAM, Rodale, etc.)
biodynamic farming (Steiner
, Pfeiffer, et. al.)
biointensive farming (John Jeavons, Ecology Action, etc.) natural farming
agroecology (Altierri et al)
ecological synergy (Kuntz)
integrated biological systems (?) [this is at the heart of permaculture]
Other sources of information and online reading:
Soil And Health Library http://www.soilandhealth.org/
of the Internet Archive http://openlibrary.org/
Google Books http://books.google.com/books