Mike Vertrees lives and works part time on a 50 acre homestead in middle Tennessee. He first became interested in soils and compost as a way to repair the eroded clay soil he had in abundance. He mostly focused on what he calls the Hippie Voodoo aspects of soil science. These included biodynamic techniques, information gleaned from youtube and several books.
Mike soon found that a lot of the information was supported by anecdotal evidence at best, but none the less developed a real passion for experimenting. Mike participated in the Geoff Lawton online PDC in 2013 and took a lot of useful information from the soils sections of the course. In the spring of 2013 Mike came to PermaEthos as one of two original tenant farmers with Jesse Tegtmeier.
Mike spent the season there immersed in all the educational opportunities and took advantage of getting to meet and learn from experts in several farming, permaculture, and homesteading disciplines. Since then Mike has be en sponsored by PermaEthos to study Soil and Soil biology under Dr. Elaine Ingham who has researched proven methods for soil restoration for the last 30+ years.
PermaEthos has partnered with Mike to introduce a Soil Restoration Design Course and Consultancy. This is a program where we work with you to fix or improve your soils over an entire year’s cycle. Mike has organized all his experience and study into a hybrid course of education and consultation. And is here today to talk about that.
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