Basalt for Heritage Grain
Farmer: Shelley Spruit
Farm: Against the Grain Farm
Publish Date: February 6, 2018
Article Type: Research Protocol
Research Priorities: Soil Health
Basalt rock dust is a 100% natural mineralizer that is certified organic and is used as a mineralizer and a liming product with a high level of paramagnetism. Scientist have been researching the benefits of this Canadian mined product since mid 1980 and documenting the benefits for organic farmers (Rocks for Crops by Peter van Straaten). Some studies are suggesting an 35% increase in fruit production and yield in potatoes but no trials have been done on cereal grains as of yet. With interest in this organic fertilizer, Shelley and Tony asked the question: Does a rock mineralizer increase yield in heritage grains?