This is the garden of GREEN – Gardens for Research and Education. And, under guidance of Matt Adams (who ran the Good Gardeners’ Association from 2000 to 2011) it has spent eight years tracking 23 minerals (calcium lead, selenium etc) in soil cultivated in different ways from ‘no dig’ to ‘double dig’. Why? To try to understand the effect of soil disturbance both on the microbial life of the soil and its mineral content.
This seems like a seriously useful bit of research – of great value to farmers and vegetable gardeners not to mention those who are interested in human nutrition and the effects of intensive monocultures on our food and therefore our health. However….
For it to be useful, this data needs to be written up and published – which is where you can help.
Matt needs a minimum of £2,500 to cover his living costs while he writes up his research and gets it published – and he is Crowdfunding to raise the money. You can donate as little at £10 (although obviously he would rather you donated more!!) – but you do need to do it soon as he needs to raise his £2,500 by March 4th.
We have just put ourselves down for £100 – and we are very much hoping that Matt raises the money as we would like to carry his results in FoodsMatter!! Do join us!!
To find out more or to pledge (your pledge will only redeemed if he reaches his £2,500 target) go to his Crowdfunding website here.