An Introduction Into the Soil Food Web

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An Introduction Into the Soil Food Web

The Ideal Practice for Organic Hemp

Here at Haygood farms, organic hemp is our craft. We not only understand the importance of quality products, but safe products. So, we have decided instead of working against nature, we’re going to let nature work for us. There are so many benefits to organic growing, it’s astounding that some growers still think the use of pesticides and other unnatural methods are a more effective alternative.

Award-winning author of the book ​Teaming With Microbes,​ Jeff Lowenfels, said in a lecture at the Verde Natural Marijuana Dispensary in Denver two years ago, “As gardeners and growers, we like to think we’re in control. But if we’re smart gardeners and growers we let the plant be in control.” This is why every organic hemp and cannabis cultivator knows about the ​soil food web​.

Since we know well of the soil food web here at Haygood farms, we’ve never used synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Everything we cultivate is grown organically and with love. And because we love hemp, we want to deliver you the best CBD and hemp products you’ll find anywhere.

What is the Soil Food Web, and Why Do all Organic Hemp Growers know of it?

Dr. Elaine Ingham brought to light the soil food web almost forty years ago. In a video on​, ​What is the Soil Food Web?​, it says, “To understand the soil food web, let’s look at the term, food-web. We all know about the food chain, the animal kingdom where humans are at the top. But if we look a little closer, we can see that some members of the food chain don’t just eat one thing. That goes for humans too. So the reality is more like a web than a chain. That is the food web. There happens to be a food web in the soil too. This is the soil food web.” The soil food web is one of nature’s more fascinating qualities. 

Another video on Ingham’s website says, “The soil food web is essentially nature’s operating system. Just as humans have a gut biome that breaks down their food, the soil has a biome that breaks down organic matter.” Nature has been feeding plant life this way since the dawn of creation. According to the same video, ​What is the Soil Food Web?​, it says, “The major foods that make up the soil food web are bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes.” Dr. Ingham has been at the forefront of investigating these microorganisms that feed plants. When in balance, as the soil food web foundation teaches, these unique groups link up with one another and with vegetation to create plentiful ecosystems just as you see in places like the Amazon rainforest.

How Does the Soil Food Web Prevent Pests and Diseases for Organic Hemp Growers?

Most disease-causing microorganisms that want to attack our organic hemp plants here at the farm are known in Biology to be anaerobic organisms. This means they need mostly an oxygen-free environment. Luckily for us, since we hold fast to the principles of the soil food web, our soils are oxygen abundant. This is beneficial for us as the growers, and you as the consumer. We don’t have to waste money on poison, and you won’t consume products that will bring undesired toxins to your body.

As you might know, insects are also a risk to the well-being of organic hemp plants. Unlike microorganisms, these pests are visible so we often think of them as a greater threat. However, many studies have shown that well-nourished plants release chemicals that naturally repel pests. Plants that are not adequately nourished are more open to an insect infestation. But having the soil food web in place ensures a high chance of a pest-free environment.

Jeff Lowenfels said in the same lecture from above, “Some growers sit and worry about the day when their crops die, and that they might need to save them with poison. But it doesn’t make any difference to me what growers worry about. If you’re poisoning cannabis that I ingest into my system, you’re doing a terrible thing. And if we end up in an industry where you can just put whatever you want on the plants, then we’re going to create a bad industry to work in.” Growers who use these chemicals are merely ill-informed. If they had done things correctly to start with, they would have never had to force themselves to either abandon their plants or use dangerous chemicals. Healthy soil gives plants the protection they need from diseases and pests.

What Else Is There to Know about Organic Hemp Growing?

Companies that use pesticides and synthetic fertilizers end up wasting a lot of money they didn’t need to. In following the philosophy of the soil food web, all of our pest control techniques and disease mitigation efforts are highly cost-effective. Therefore, you know you’re not only getting some of the highest quality hemp products when you buy from Haygood Farms, but you’re also getting a great deal.

Also, nitrogen-based fertilizers which are very popular require the use of fossil fuels for their manufacturing. By adhering to the soil food web and avoiding these synthetic fertilizers, not only are we taking care of our products, but we’re taking care of the environment. We want to make sure the world ecosystem stays strong so we can continue to deliver you the products you love.

The Bottom Line

From cultivation all the way to extraction, here at Haygood farms, we strive for authenticity in all aspects of production. Understanding the soil food web is critical to appreciating organically grown hemp and hazard-free hemp products. Our top priorities are always taking care of our plants, taking care of our customers, and taking care of the environment.

We hope now you have a better idea of how we work at our farm, and that we’re always striving for excellence in all aspects of our business. If you enjoyed this article make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you’ll stay up to date on all of our blogs!