Response to Marc S.
Charles Benbrook (email@example.com)
Wed, 22 Feb 1995 22:55:54 -0800 (PST)
I have no quarrel with the distinction Marc Saffley makes between soil of
high quality intrinsically, versus soils that possess attributes that
make them amenable to intensive systems. My only point is that some
inherently low quality soils can be productive, and that that capacity to
respond to inputs is a valuable attribute.
Sal's comments about building high quality soils reminds me of
Broomfields' book, Malabar Farm, and the success they had building soil
with a clover-based rotation, manure, etc. Anybody been to that farm in
recent years? I wonder how the soil quality is doing there now. chuck