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There’s an age-old practice that allows human beings to physically and mentally flourish, not to mention that it can keep us alive during times of turmoil: gardening! Whether you have a 10-acre farm like today’s guest, Dave McIntyre, or a few square feet of open land in your backyard, you can turn it into a space that can provide you with the nutrients your body needs, as well as improve your mental health and quality of life.

In today’s episode, Dave shares some of the best ways to look after your soil; from collecting maple leaves, to using fish fertilizer.

Yes, you read that right! If you’re put off by the thought, consider the fact that the ocean is home to every mineral on the planet, and by putting the nutrients absorbed by fish into your soil, you’re transferring them to your plants, and subsequently, to you!

Our conversation also covers the principles which govern regenerative agriculture, how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our food supply chains, and why we should all spend more time in the dirt! In a world that is constantly changing, and full of unknowns, being sure about where your next meal is going to come from, and the quality of that meal, is a wondrous thing! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Some of Dave’s favorite plants on his 10-acre organic farm. 
  • Mulch: what it is and why you should be adding it to your soil. 
  • What it means if you have mushrooms popping up in your soil. 
  • Problems you will run into if your soil’s nitrogen levels are too high. 
  • Recommended methods for creating manure. 
  • The benefits of using fish fertilizer. 
  • How home gardening can combat food insecurity. 
  • The mental health aspects of gardening. 
  • Dave shares an example of how regenerative agriculture works. 
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food supply chains. 
  • Dave’s concern about imported foods that are classified as organic. 
  • How you can reduce inflammation in your body.
  • A rapid-fire round with Dave. 

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