Healthy soil is living. It is made up of a community of millions of bacteria, fungi, nematodes, invertebrates, and vertebrates. This community must be cultivated as intensively as cash crops, because when healthy, it works tirelessly day and night to assist plants with healthy, vigorous growth.
The development of Two Toad Farm’s philosophy is attributed in large part to the work of Sir Albert Howard during the early 1900’s. His book, The Soil and Health: A study of Organic Agriculture, is a must read. Another very important work is Mycellium Running: How Mushrooms can Help Save the Planet by Paul Stamets. This is probably the most important contemporary work for land managers and planners to read that will allow them insight into the most affordable, sustainable, and EFFECTIVE remediation techniques available. Mycellium Running is a MUST READ for anyone who owns a shovel.