For the nature-friendly farmer, there can be nothing more important on the land than humus in the soil. Humus refers to the organic matter in the soil that plays the key role in sustaining the living communities in the soil, which are so essential for healthy plant growth.  However, humus is not just the concern of the individual farmer.  The lack of humus on agricultural land across the planet is an issue of global proportions.

Internationally-acclaimed author and educator, Graeme Sait highlighted humus in this insightful TED talk, entitled: Humus – the essential ingredient – see video below.

In 2014, you can look forward to our series of articles about humus creation and management.