Establishing a Baseline

 

The baseline serves as a beginning point that will be used to monitor key data of the project.  The primary goal for Arcadia Farm is to transform the farm to a perennial based ecosystem that will support regenerative and long-term health of  the land.  Going hand in hand with these regenerative practices is carbon sequestration, which means capturing carbon from the atmosphere for long-term storage in the soil profile.  The Haney and the Phospholipid Fatty Acids (PLFA) soil tests taken in August, 2016 provide a soil health analysis which includes the amount of organic matter, the total living microbial biomass and mineral content.  These values will be indicators of improved soil health, together with improved water and mineral cycles.  The tests will be performed every 3 years to monitor changes in the soil analysis.  An infiltration test will be taken in 2018 to determine the field capacity to store water and this test will be repeated once a year to monitor the moisture-holding capacity of the soil.  A physical observation of the soil will be performed annually to assess the amount of soil aggregation and to perform a physical count of earthworms in a 1' x 1' x 1' area at various locations on the property.  Future blogs will address the soil tests in detail.

 

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