A panorama of distant mountain peaks with white clouds and blue

Resources

“Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

— Paul Harvey

Frequently Asked Questions

plant silouette with roots
  • What will I need to collect samples for testing?Icon to toggle answer or document visibility

    You will need:

    • Clean Buckets
    • A soil probe or auger, a clean shovel in a pinch.
    • Ziploc Bags
    • Paper Bags for Plant Tissue
    • Permanent Marker
  • What type of tests do you recommend?Icon to toggle answer or document visibility

    At Grounded Life Soil, we feel that soil tests are most effective when viewed through an ecological lens, which means we look at soil mineral assays, plant tissue tests, and soil biology tests and the relationships between all three with your goals in mind.

  • Grounded Life Soil Consulting’s mission statement says…Icon to toggle answer or document visibility

    Our approach begins with establishing your goals and values for your land base, your livestock, your family, or yourself. We assume you’re here with us, because you care about producing nutrient dense products on a productive landscape with functioning water and mineral cycles, rich with biodiversity. Through conversation, observations, and data collection on your operation, we ask the question, “ Are your current management practices in line with your stated goals?” Then, we work alongside you figuring out how we can support you in taking action towards your objectives. It is our goal to identify the limiting factors in your operation, to collaborate with producers to achieve the ecological outcomes you desire, and to build more resilient individuals and agricultural operations for our future.

  • Why should I care about soil health?Icon to toggle answer or document visibility

    “Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”
    — Paul Harvey

    This quote, attributed to Paul Harvey, sums up the importance of soil health. Building a functional soil system is akin to a capital investment in the resiliency of your agricultural operation. According to the USDA, one percent of soil organic matter in the top 12-inches of soil has the potential to store 24,000 gallons per acre of water. That is the equivalent of one inch of rainfall! Healthy soil with sufficient organic matter has serious positive consequences for plant growth, quality, and resilience to drought and disease. Healthy plants provide more essential nutrients to grazing livestock and wildlife, resulting in healthier animals and ultimately greater profitability.

  • What is an ecosystem?Icon to toggle answer or document visibility

    The National Geographic Society defines an Ecosystem as a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscape, work together to form a bubble of life. Whether we acknowledge it or not, every working farm and ranch is its own unique ecosystem. They are communities unto themselves, the people, plants, and animals above and belowground living in deeply interconnected relationships.

  • What is a biological monitoring site?Icon to toggle answer or document visibility

    Monitoring sites are established in areas of concern or alternatively in an area the producer considers a success.  Monitoring a site includes establishing GPS coordinates, photographing the conditions at the site, and establishing a 200 ft transect.  Soil mineral, plant tissue, and soil biology tests are collected along each transect for later analysis.  Ground cover is measured, water infiltration tests, and visual soil assessments are conducted to determine the health of the surrounding ecosystem. The results of this data collection are provided to the land owner/manager in report form.