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Snippet of The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson Episode 563: Benjamin Page on Healthy Soil

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Listen now to an Audio Snippet “Benjamin Page on Healthy Soil” from The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson. Ben’s definition and why playing in dirt supports wellbeing.
Welcome to The Urban Farm Podcast, your partner in the Grow Your Own Food revolution! This podcast features Jason Mraz, Lisa Steele, and Kari Spencer discussing growing food. Topics such as beekeeping and chicken farming, permaculture, composting, and monetizing your farm! Each episode brings tips and tricks on how to overcome challenges, opportunities to learn from experience, and resources to ensure you're informed, equipped, and empowered.
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and that is what is healthy soil. And you mentioned one of the things you mentioned is that there's life in the soil. Tell me about what's your definition of healthy soil and healthcare? Soil is, is soil that is a life, and that's not just one day, the next. It takes time and yet to build it. But, ah, healthy soil is a soil that has the billions of bacteria and the billions of microorganisms that it needs so can actually transfer those nutrients in the soil into the plants were gonna eat. That's the problem. Many people don't understand that if the soil is alive, those nutrients can't be transferred into the plant, and the plant can't transfer those nutrients into the food that will eventually eat. And so we'll have a nutrient. Poor food, unless the soil is alive, has lots. Of course. We can't see that life, the majority, but we can see some of those bugs, but the majority, but we can't see it, so healthy soil is a soil that is alive and it smells beautiful and it's moist, and it's just a It's a wonderful feeling. Thio able to sense that through all our five senses what a soil that is alive and healthy is all about. I call it Black Gold, and I mean, every time I asked my kids to go and help me with the black gold, they know exactly. I'm talking. I'm talking about the compost And then so a lot of times like that's kind of stinky, the stinky stuff. And then I go out there and show it to him. Well, the process and the fourth processes, when it's it's so moist and it smells clean. It smells. It's just a beautiful smell. I mean, it's hard. You can't explain the smell on with words. You have to. You have to try it. And that is what a soil that is alive. Is it Z? It activates the five senses, and it's and it's full of life. How do you fix unhealthy soil just through the whole cycle of life? So you take what you don't consume and you put it back into the soil. So through composting, so through composting, we all need to be composting. There's there shouldn't be nobody that's not composting, the their their organic waste, even the people that even the people that Aaron balconies. I mean, you you put something on your sink and then you transfer that to your planter boxes once you're once it's gone through its stages. But anyone and it's and there's so many people out there that they had to have a certain amount of dry matter the wet matter like 30 to 1 and all those ratios and stuff like that. But in the end, nature knows exactly what she needs. Long is your long as you're doing your part by putting organic waste, of course. Let me get compost to a certain point, putting it back into the soil. Nature will do the rest. We try to make it a lot more difficult than it has to be. Let's just do. Our job is quite easy and even not just in building soil but building our own health. We try to make it too difficult, and it's it's really we have the easy part. I mean, our sales have the hard part, and then then Mother Nature has the hard part. All we have to do is just return to surplus back to her, and she'll do the rest. So so just come to just getting all that organic waste back to her and she'll do the rest. Wow, Cool. And what do you teach your patients about the relationship between soil and nutrition? Well, I'll give you the eight things that I explain in the book. I mean, because this is this is what I tell my patients. And I basically took what I told my patients, and I researched it just a little bit more and put a lot more information to the book. But I tell that through soil contact or by playing in that is how I call it because we've become as adults, we become too serious. We don't play enough. So I trying to get people to get back into dirt and and think about it us playing, because it should be enjoyable. It's not. You shouldn't be working. Of course it's tough, and it could be hard, and it sometimes you don't get the results you want. Like here in my little urban garden, I must have bought five or six packets of legacy that just no good because I haven't had I got three seats to Germany out of six times trying these seeds in different ways, and I just I mean, so sometimes it can be tough, but it's a learning process and we're always learning. I mean, I could go back to my grandparent's, my grandparent's having guarding their whole life. And I told him, What you need to do is you need to write a book about all you learn is like I'm 18 years old and I continue to learn. I mean, I don't know what I would write about. Like, you know, you do have a lot of knowledge. You should write that He's like, Well, I learned every year I learned something new with the garden, so we're always learning. And like I said, I'm in that process, too. But the book talks about how, by being in contact with the earth, it first of all it makes their nutrition simple. We could talk about a little more if you want to. Also, I mean by feeling her. Like I said, the beginning, beginning our five senses, it heals us. I mean, just being out and experiencing her it it heals us. We can decrease all almost all forms of stress by just being out in nature and playing in the dirt. It builds communities and were species of communities. We can't. We can't thrive. We're not in communities. And I'm not talking about just virtual. I'm talking about rural communities. I mean virtual communities, really nice. But we have to have physical contact to it helps us provide movement against our muscles and our bones. And if we're not moving, we're only more sick. So that's another great thing that it does it. It helps build our immune system. So our defenses against I mean foreign and domestic enemies, so we don't get confused. So a lot of those auto immune problems that we're seeing a huge spike in is because we don't have a name eun system that that understands what's good and bad, so it starts going against our ourselves. But if we if we play in the dirt, I mean way, help our our defenses develop enough where that just doesn't happen or it happens a lot less, it helps us stay in the moment. It helps us stay present while we're doing something good. So it's another. It's another form of meditation, we could say, and it also helps us. It protects us from the unhealthy electrical impulses that are all around us. It keeps us, and it also helps us. It maintains our natural electrical state by touching the soil by touching Earth. So those were Those were the things I talk about in the book, and I explain them in detail. But that's what I try to teach my patients to like. That's why it's so important to be in contact with the Earth as much as we can, because it does.
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