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HUMUS_Cover_EBook smallDeep soil for life

Learn about the connections between humus, health and good food, and how to make your own deep soil for life.

Humus is the most precious resource on earth. Our survival depends on it, and it is running out. A report by the UN in 2015 has estimated that at current rates of soil loss the world has 60 years of harvests left .

In other words, in 2075 there will be nothing left to harvest, unless we do something to support the regeneration of humus. Dramatic losses of fertile soils are caused mostly by human activities. However, humans can also cultivate humus and stimulate its growth.

HUMUS, the black gold of the earth is an invitation to become Earthkeepers. If we want to take care of Mother Earth, then we must get to know her better.

What makes the soil come alive?

What kind of food does the soil need?

In what environment can the soil-population grow and thrive?

These are some of the questions explored in this book.

Everybody can do something to take care of our soils and keep the earth alive. It is easier than you might think.

»This book is a riveting journey into where it all begins, the centre of life, the humus in the soil, this great mystery that feeds and protects us all. The book goes deep and sheds light on how life is created right under our feet. It gives clear examples, showing how to nurture humus and sustain the soil.

The importance of this book cannot be overstated – after all without humus there would be no life!«

Asa Mark & Hilary Bain,
the makers of the film The Worm Is Turning 

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“Changing the world one compost-heap at a time.”

»Author Veronika Bond opens HUMUS with this thought, and she delivers what she promises in this metaphysical rumination. HUMUS is more than a manual; it’s more than a history, it’s more than a scientific treatise. It is all of these and more.

Bond has written a consummate book on the black gold of the earth. She is a farmer philosopher.

On October 15, 2017, hundreds of fires devoured central Portugal, where Bond and her husband live on a smallholding.

“The morning after the firestorm I built a new compost heap. The air was filled with smoke and ashes. In the woodlands next to our house and across the road small ‘volcanoes’ were still smouldering, spewing fumes and flames. Arranging organic materials from piles which had miraculously survived the fire was the most comforting activity of the moment.

“They say, the soil is more fertile after a fire. But, what if there is no soil left? We see black pines and olive trees stripped bare, collapsed on top of the skeleton of rocks, the naked bones of the earth mother exposed.

“. . . From the ashes of disaster a more burning question has arisen: How can we help our soil mother recover and heal her suffering?”

HUMUS is the well-researched answer to this question. It is the key to the prevention of future firestorms

As questions are raised in the reader’s mind, Bond answers them clearly and succinctly. The organization of HUMUS leaves the reader satisfied, yet hungry for more, which the reader will have to supply with his or her own actions.

“As a result of our general ignorance, the soil is being treated as dirt.”

Bond leads us out of the cave of shadows into a sunlit world of regeneration. HUMUS is a joy to read and a challenge to our humanity to pick up a spade and save our earth mother.«

@ Cynthia Adina Kirkwood, author of Turn on Tune out