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 International Year of the Soils,Fluit Family Farm, Hugh Lovel article
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The 68th UN General Assembly declared

2015 the International Year of Soils

http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/

 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions

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One of our favorite examples of Quantum Agriculture Graduates. Mike Fluit uses radionics, homeopathy,Fieldbroadcasters, observation, study and he has attended our US Advance Course three times with his sister Harriet Kattenberg.

We are proud to have association with such great folks...
Mike Fluit, wife Joanie, and daughters Ryya and Lexi run this family farm located in Joseph, Oregon.  Their third daughter Demi lives off the farm.  Joseph is in Wallowa “Land of the Winding Waters” County, situated in the far northeast corner of Oregon near the Idaho and Washington borders.  You won’t find a single stoplight in this county, population 7,000. 
The valley the Fluits call home is surrounded by rugged mountain landscape that is full of spectacular beauty and history.  Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians lived in this part of Oregon up until the late 1800's.  His unwillingness to cooperate with the government's relocation efforts led
the military to evict his people from this land, and they retreated north, hoping to make it to Canada.
They were attacked just 16 miles from their home, and for the next three months, Chief Joseph led them on a highly successful strategic retreat, that amazed the American military leaders.  800 Nez Perce eventually traveled 1,700 miles throughout the northwest, while being pursued by 2,000 soldiers.  Finally, after a 5-day battle in freezing weather, while lacking blankets and food, Chief Joseph admitted defeat, swearing he would fight no more, for the rest of his life. 
A quarter of his people had died during those three difficult months.  Those who survived were taken to eastern Kansas.  Eight years later, the Nez Perce were allowed to move to a reservation in Washington State.  Chief Joseph died there in 1904, and was originally buried there.  His remains were moved back to his homeland, and placed in their current location, in 1926.
The Nez-Perce Indians are noted for creating the Appaloosa horse.
Mike grew up with cattle in Iowa.  He and is family used to have a custom haying operation in the Columbia Basin for several years but were looking for a slower more family oriented lifestyle and ended up in Joseph, Oregon in 1998.  He likes the grass that grows in this high mountain valley.
“We started here just growing hay selling mainly to feed stores in the Portland area. Got to thinking we were selling our soil fertility in the form of hay that was leaving the farm”, says Mike.  “I had been learning about the health benefits of grass-fed beef and reading about intensive grazing and Gearld Fry’s articles.  We decided to change from hay to grass-fed beef and bought a small herd of 70 Red Angus,”
Gearld visited the farm in 2004 and helped the Fluits evaluate their herd.  In 2005 they started using AI to breed the cows using the great Rotokawa 688 semen and have been breeding to Rotokawa bulls ever since. 
They now direct market their grass-fed beef at farmers markets, local grocery stores, restaurants and schools through a coop they started with a group of ranchers that they met at a Gearld Fry school in Ontario. Oregon. 
The Fluit family farm got their organic certification in 2010 and do sell some organic hay in addition to pastured eggs and raw milk.  They plan to test their milk cows for the A2 gene and even breed for it in the beef herd.  They also want to incorporate pigs into the operation and plan to run Large Blacks behind the cows. 
Mike is considered a “Core Breeder” of American Herbataurus cattle.  His foundation genetics is Rotokawa Devon and he manages his herd using the Fry Herd Improvement Program protocols.  He used to calve in February/March but now does so in May/June, which has eliminated scours and the loss if income associated with it.  He lets the calves nurse for 10 months and is creating heifers that turn into cows that have adequate reserves to winter well and nurse their growing calves. 
“I’ve learned so much from Gearld Fry.  Reading his articles, hearing him speak, and our one-on-one conversations – it has all added up and the proof is in my animals.”
Mike admits marketing is the farm’s biggest challenge.  While the artisan segment of the Portland area’s population is growing and looking for healthy food many are vegans. 
Strip grazing has worked extremely well for doubling the organic matter in the farm’s soils and improving pasture quality and carrying capacity.  Mike has learned that poor quality cattle don’t make money and is pleased to say his herd is getting better and better.  He was invited to participate in the first ever American Herbataurus Cattle sale last September in Tampico, Illinois.  He brought and sold 5 nice cow/calf pairs. 
Farming in beautiful Joseph, Oregon is creating a great family living experience for the Fluits.  Mike and Joanie have high hopes that daughters Ryya and Lexi will someday carry on with the operation.  Their legacy is building top quality grass genetics for the benefit of this country we all call home. 
Visit their website at http://www.fluitfamilyfarms.com
 
Thanks to Gerald Fry http://www.bovineengineering.com/about_gearld.html
Thanks to the newsletter of the American Herbataurus Society
http://americanherbataurus.com/

BELOW PHOTOS OF FLUIT FAMILY FARM

Small Scale Farmers Produce 70% of the Worlds Food

80% of the food in developing countries comes from small holder farmers (FAO 2011) •The only practical way to achieve food security is to grow the food locally where it is needed by small holder farmers •It is important to increase the resilience of small holders at local level to ensure adequate food security for the world
• The majority of small holder farmers are traditional farmers – organic by default • Teaching these farmers to add good organic practices to their traditional methods – organic by design: 1. Better soil nutrition – recycling organic matter (carbon) and mineral balance 2. Improved pest and disease control 3. Water use efficiency – especially increasing SOM 4. Better weed control methods 5. Eco-function intensification: stacking systems • Leads to significant increases in yields
Information provided by Andre Leu to the UN meetings
http://www.organicandclimate.org/fileadmin/documents_organicresearch/rtoacc/events/11-IFOAM-rtoacc-20130712.pdf

Tractor Impact on Soil Life   
By Hugh Lovel

           
If you visited Mariposa Grove in Yosemite Park where two of the world’s largest trees are, you would see that no one is allowed to even walk in the root zone of these trees. No one is allowed to go up and hug the trees or pose for photos or any of that because of the damage large numbers of feet can do to the root zone of these trees.
            Tractor impact in the root zone injures tree roots and can even kill trees. This is why side bar mowers are the rule for slashing under the skirts of orchards and vine crops—it makes a huge difference in what the trees can take up because ultimately it is the animal life of the soil that feeds them.
            Starting with earthworms—or better yet, with livestock—let’s imagine what the animal life of the soil looks like. The top 6 inches of soil in healthy grass, clover and herbaceous pasture with 4% organic matter can support a 1,000 lb. cow on 2 acres with management intensive or rotational grazing. This works out to half a cow per acre to harvest the top growth and return it to the soil so regrowth can occur. Providing it grows well and is managed properly that same acre can support an additional 750 pounds of earthworms and perhaps as much as 250 pounds of ants. There will also be another 1000 pounds of nematodes, mites and other arthropods. And adding in all the beetle grubs, collembolans, springtails, threadworms, etc. maybe there’s another 500 pounds. Of the protozoa, which are at the smallest scale of soil animal life, there’s as much weight as all the rest combined and more—perhaps another 3,000 pounds. Cows, earthworms, ants, nematodes, mites, beetles, collembolans, protozoa, etc. total of 6,000 pounds or 3 tons per acre.
            Imagine all these critters digging, tunnelling, stirring, burrowing, traveling and eating their way through the soil. This animal activity opens up the soil and creates an enormous complexity of surfaces within the soil. All organization occurs at boundaries and edges—surfaces. All the soil bacteria, fungi, algae, actinomycetes, archaea, and so forth live on the surfaces within the soil and this forms the basis of the food chain that feeds the soil animal life. This food chain would be more than triple the soil animal life—perhaps 9 tons per acre. Assuming an acre of relatively light soil 6 inches deep weighs around 750 tons, 4% organic matter would have 30 tons per acre in total organic matter, much of which would be in the form of humates. So roughly less than a third of this organic matter is alive, depending on the surfaces opened up by actinomycetes, fungi and soil animal life. This living portion of the soil—the labile carbon—is a measure of the nutrients in process.
            If a tractor tire rolls over and flattens the top 6 inches of the soil it compresses the animal habitat and ultimately the habitat of soil microbes and the plant roots they depend on for nourishment. Depending on how widespread this is it may reduce soil habitat in the compacted area to a tenth for as much as several weeks before the soil opens back up again due to animal industry. This is particularly important if you want trees in an orchard or vines in a vineyard to uptake calcium and amino acids for the early cell division of a crop. So compacting the soil in the root zone by tractor impact at blossom time through early fruit development can impair the uptake nutrients in this window of opportunity, and the loss cannot be made up for later.
            In mid-summer after the initial cell division stage is finished sugar and flavour should be building in the fruit, and compaction isn’t quite so crucial. Mowing and mulching feeds the soil animal life and impact recovers faster. But at blossoming, fruit set and early development it is essential to minimize impact.
            In the short term it would be better to irrigate rock dusts, lime, gypsum, humates and other trace mineral inputs in than to try to incorporate things that might cause impact. If a major dose is required, there will be some impact. Otherwise at a thousandth the dose fertigation gives a better effect.  If you don’t smash/crash your soil’s animal life THEY will work your lime and sulphur into the soil and do it around the plant roots in ways you cannot otherwise duplicate. It takes them a while, but they do the job with delicate accuracy. And if you feed the soil with a fertigation rate of 1 – 2 gallons/acre liquid micronized lime suspended in something like fulvic or humic acids it feeds the soil life and boosts production more within a week or two than compaction crashes them for two months. So it pays to be careful. Individual circumstances vary and there are no hard rules. Be observant, see how things are working, catch your windows of opportunity and don’t think the numbers on the input sheet are downloaded from God. The efficacy of those numbers depends on the boundaries and surfaces
A husband and wife were driving down a country lane on their way to visit some friends. They came to a muddy patch in the road and the car became bogged. After a few minutes of trying to get the car out by themselves, they saw a young farmer coming down the lane, driving some oxen before him.
He stopped when he saw the couple in trouble and offered to pull the car out of the mud for $ 5 0. The husband accepted and minutes later the car was free.

The farmer turned to the husband and said, " You know, you're the tenth car I've helped out of the mud today.

The husband looks around at the fields incredulously and asks the farmer, " When do you have time to plough your land? At night?

" No, the young farmer replied seriously, " Night is when I put the water in the hole "
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