Soil “in good heart,”
as farmers used to say,
is the key to health,
both for ourselves and for the animals & plants on whom we depend.
—Harvey and Ellen Ussery
It has been said that organic matter in the soil consists of “the living, the recently dead, & the very dead.” The “living” portion consists of all the diverse forms of living organisms that make up the soil food web, but also plant roots themselves.