Biological Agriculture High Brix Success Stories
I invite your support for:
The Nutrient Dense Project:
* HighBrixGardens.com - Note the superior mineral content of high brix green beans. Plants raised on high quality, well balanced soil have little attraction for pests.BioAgNZ - Here's a site in New Zealand with stories of farmers using high brix techniques to obtain superior quality - http://www.bioagnz.com/success-stories/ - This site is gone, but here are some case studies: http://www.bioag.co.nz/newsroom/australian-case-studies. More here. And there are several comments about brix on this page at Integrity Soils in NZ (search on 'brix' & 'Arden Andersen')
The consultant, Dr. Arden Andersen, has a medical practice in
Goshen, Indiana - www.bornclinic.com.
Here's his blog on Beyond Organix http://ardenandersen.blogspot.com/2007/05/beyond-organix.html (Comments)
Beyond Organix of Fresno, California provides cultivation instructions to, and markets the fruit from, 20 orchards at premiums of three to four times the average. Beyond Organix follows biological agricultural practices of soil aeration, compost application, extensive liming, low to no N use, mineral rebalancing, and two green crops a year between the trees. The orchardist must achieve brix levels above 14 in their trees' leaves. The sweetness and taste of the peaches, citrus and apricots they produce are such that grocery chain buyers queue up to forward-purchase their fruit before the season starts. Having Beyond Organix fruit in the supermarket makes a 1% to 3% increase in the total supermarket annual turnover. Demand for premium quality fruit vastly exceeds the supply, and the return to the grower increases each year. California Tree Ripe is one of their growers.
This page refers to biological agriculture and the association with quality:
Biological agriculture is a mix of
conventional and organic farming practices involving careful crop and soil
monitoring to ensure optimum yields, nutritional density and humus
production. It focuses on re-establishing mineral balance and enhancing
beneficial microbiology in the soil.
* T and J Enterprises - High Brix garden examples - http://www.tandjenterprises.com/garden2008.htm
GrowingYourGreens - on YouTube - www.growingyourgreens.com
* Honey Brook Organic Farm in Pennington NJ is the largest CSA in the country and "they blow away every farmer in NJ in terms of BRIX....At least as many as I have been able to test...Farmer Jim rocks!" (Comment of a BrixTalk member)
* Transforming Barren Land Into Fertile Ground at Remineralize the Earth. More stories under "Transforming/Testimonials"
Chef's Garden in north central Ohio -
From High Brix Gardens blog
High Nutrition Food - check out his blog
Story of Saratoga Apple and their effort to raise high brix apples in New York State.
The Bionutrient Food Association is conducting crop quality field research trials to document the relationship between quality and soil minerals.
Importance of Soil Testing
Some ecological innovative farmers claim they can get good results without soil testing and amending, but many soils are so depleted or unbalanced that will not work. Here's a story illustrating that:
Albrecht's Animals - Barb Lee's story of frustration with growing healthy animals on her small farm outside Portland, Oregon, until she tested the soil and added proper amendments - with the result her horses and other animals are now thriving. To quote her:
Brix Bounty Farm in Massachusetts is working at it!