Basalt for Heritage Grain

Farmer: Shelley Spruit

Farm: Against the Grain Farm

Region: East

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?