Welcome BFA Growers and Gardeners!
Get expert advice and insights to take your growing to the next level. Whether you’re looking to improve your soil fertility or enhance plant health, we’re here to help you achieve bountiful harvests.
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Growers and Large Scale Gardeners
Schedule your initial soil health consultation today and take the first step towards thriving plants and better yields. Before the consultation, we will review your soil lab reports, NRCS Web Soil Survey, historical land survey data, irrigation water suitability test, and any additional information you provide to build context. During the consultation, we’ll discuss the latest knowledge on biological nutrient cycling, ways to improve nutrient availability, and the significance of soil structure. We’ll provide a follow-up email with suggestions for soil health and fertility management for the upcoming season. Review the Recommended Soil & Water Tests for suggestions.
The fee for this service varies based on your BFA membership tier. Use the coupon code provided by the BFA when scheduling. This covers up to four unique soil sample locations and an irrigation water suitability test. The consultation typically lasts 1 hour.
Payments for Lab Fees
Remember that all soil and water test lab fees are separate and must be paid directly to the lab.
Please schedule your consultation at least two weeks from when you mail your soil and water samples to the lab. You can reschedule using the link in the appointment confirmation email.
You can add on the review of additional unique soil sample locations for $5 each or Haney Soil Health analysis for $10 each when scheduling.
Our Gardens Are Vital for Our Well-Being
Assessing plant health goes beyond just observing size and color. To comprehend plant wellness, it’s important to pay attention to finer details such as color, structure, reproductive ability, uniformity, adaptability, and resistance to environmental stressors. A plant’s taste, aroma, and texture can also reflect its health. We can gain insight into the health of the soil in a simular way, by sharpening our senses, and observing what is happening under our feet.
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Faith is a soil health guide with over a decade of experience in farming, education, and research. Her journey towards becoming a soil health enthusiast was shaped by her zeroing in on her interests, studying, experimenting, observing, reflecting, and repeating. She started building her foundational understanding of soil health while studying soil microbiology, permaculture principles, and plant biology in college. She later spent over a decade developing and managing a 3+ acre project farm, which she transitioned into a thriving perennialized, diverse polyculture system interlaced with annual fruits, vegetables, and herbs.