Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike set up Edaphos in 2005 after 30 years in the industry to offer a balanced solution to poor soils, less nutrient exchange and poorer root systems by understanding how a soil works, how it links with a system of growing crops and taking that into account, recommending chemicals and/or fertilisers if necessary. Everything Edaphos does is based around a process of measurement and evaluation to create a programme for clients. Managing soil biology is an efficient way of growing crops and production will be far better in terms of yield and quality.

Sustainability is about how to balance what goes in with what goes out to maintain an equilibrium. This is not just about the chemistry of soil, but about the driving force that funds the biology of soil; carbon. Climatic climax conditions are systems totally in sync with their environment and are described as ‘an ecological community in which populations of plants or animals remain stable and exist in balance with each other and their environment. A climax community is the final stage of succession, remaining relatively unchanged until destroyed by an event such as fire or human interference’. These systems have developed over many hundreds, even thousands of years and are not held in suspension, they are dynamic, constantly ebbing and flowing, depleting or regenerating according to the seasons and the environment. Its resilience and stability build because of its complexity.

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Mike has been advising farmers for over 30 years. He initially trained as a chemical specialist, however soon realised that the problems with chemical fertilisers and the increasing resistance to herbicides, fungicides and insecticides would not be solved with current methods. In 2005 he founded Edaphos Ltd, an agronomy firm specialising in managing soil and […]

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