Episode 103. Understanding the Soil Microbiome with Nicole Masters

In this episode, Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, talks with Nicole Masters, a New Zealand agroecologist and director of Integrity Soils. Kara, who works out of NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas, caught up with Nicole via telephone while Nicole was visiting a client in Big Timber, Montana.

They talk about ways in which the “soil microbiome” system that acts as a plant’s digestive system mirrors the microbiome of the human digestive system. They discuss how to understand the health of an agricultural operation’s soil microbiome, and they talk about ways regenerative agriculture with its focus on soil health can help mitigate the challenges to agriculture that come with a changing climate. Nicole and Kara also share resources they see as helpful resources for understanding the topic in more depth.

For more information on this topic, contact Kara Kroeger directly at karak@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Soil for Water

Soils & Compost

National Center for Appropriate Technology

Other Resources:

Integrity Soils

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

Science in Agriculture

Fertility Pastures

Dirt to Soil


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