The 2nd annual Healthy Soil Summit will take place this August 25-26 in Sacramento, California. Among the presenters will be expert grower and author Michael Phillips, who will take attendees through soil biology essentials.
About Michael Phillips
Expert grower and author Michael Phillips is renowned for helping people grow healthy fruit using herbal protocols and enhancing soil fungal networks. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found at www.GrowOrganicApples.com provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire.
Michael Phillips is the author of:
- Mycorrhizal Planet: How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility
- The Holistic Orchard
- Holistic Orcharding with Michael Philips – DVD
More from Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips was also recently interviewed in Acres U.S.A. magazine. In this article, he discusses how symbiotic soils support healthy plants.
Michael Phillips has long studied the masters of ecological agriculture and biological philosophy in order to develop his own unique methods of controlling insects and diseases. This is accomplished by building resilience through cooperative biology that employs a wide range of plant partners, microbes, beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi.
In this interview for the Acres U.S.A. magazine, Jill Henderson talks with Michael Phillips about how symbiotic soils help healthy plants.
ACRES U.S.A.: Most people are more familiar with fungi in the form of mushrooms, but that’s just a tiny piece of the fungal web, isn’t it?
PHILLIPS: Yes. Ectomycorrhizae are those species of fungi that affiliate with trees and produce mushrooms. They evolved from decomposing fungi, but instead of rotting the wood as regards cellulose and lignins, particular species adapted to form a symbiosis to help the trees grow better. So, when you go out and you gather chanterelles or boletes or matsutakes, you are tapping into the fruiting bodies of mycorrhizal fungi that are affiliated with specific species of trees. On the other hand, the endomycorrhizae, the ones affiliated with most of the plants that farmers and growers and ranchers are working with, have fruiting bodies which are located down in the ground, and it’s all invisible to our eyes. Working with mycorrhizae in terms of restoring plant health on degraded lands and getting biology kicking into gear so things can grow goes back to the core concept of earth balance.
2020 Healthy Soil Summit