“Let’s ‘rock it’ at SEER Centre in Scotland
Just several decades ago, most of the farmlands in the foothills of Grampian Mountains in Scotland were largely infertile, acidic and open to severe weather conditions, where hardly anything had been grown for almost 50 years. However, that was exactly where Cameron and Moira Thomson settled their home and started their “good life” experiment. By spreading a thin layer of rock dust over the land, they are able to mimic the earth’s glacial processes that naturally fertilize the land. Nowadays the rich soils they have regenerated are capable of producing giant vegetables and a huge biodiversity.
Like Moira Thomson said “This is a simple solution which could help solve the twin problems of crop yield and climate change, and it doesn’t involve drastic life changes by anyone.” Since 1997, Cameron and Moira established the Sustainable Ecological Earth Regeneration (SEER) Centre, and became pioneers of turning barren lands into incredibly fertile soils with the addition of rock dust. Using their product SEER® Rockdust®, which can improve the natural capability of soils to absorb atmospheric carbon and produce vigorous, mineral-rich vegetation and nutrient-dense crops, their accomplishments turned out to be a best evidence of remineralization as a simple and highly effective solution.
Scots Couple Pioneering Use Of Rock Dust To Boost Crops
To find out more about their impressive accomplishment, please click here for the full story from Scotland Correspondent by Paul Kelbie.
The SEER Centre Trust
The SEER Centre Trust is a Scottish charitable organization committed to regeneration of soils through remineralization in order to benefit farmers and the environment. To learn more about them, visit their website at: http://www.seercentre.org.uk/ [Update 01/28/2024: The SEER Centre no longer exists, and the website redirects elsewhere.] Leading supplier of volcanic SEER® Rockdust® is Rockdust Ltd: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shu Li is a Plant Biology Ph.D. student at Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation research specializes on the reproductive barrier mechanism in flowering plants termed as self-incompatibility, from which she has developed an interest in the genetics of reproduction and speciation. Besides basic research, Shu is also passionate about science communication and science writing. Currently, she is serving as editorial board member for several journals and involved in many outreach activities as a member of GWIS (Graduate Women in Science). In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and working on her first novel.
“SEER® Rockdust®” – 420 million years old, freshly ground, untreated, volcanic rock from Scottish quarries.
Decades of rigorous gardening trials and scientific analysis show SEER® Rockdust® to be safe to add to soils and compost. Whilst chemical fertilisers may produce more immediate visual results, SEER Rockdust adds a huge range of mineral and trace elements for long term soil health.
The SEER Centre, and an growing vine of gardeners and farmers have found that SEER® Rockdust® can boost the activities of soil and compost fauna (soil micro-organisms and earthworms), and that thanks to the increased microbial activity, remineralised soil and compost can produce the following benefits:
- BOOSTS organic soil fertility
- HIGHER nutritional value of crops and pasture
- LONGER shelf life of produce
- LUSHER lawns and pasture
- BIGGER YIELDS and healthier crops
- BETTER flavour and juiciness
- INCREASED pest resistance (less reliance on pesticides!)
- IMPROVED disease resistance (less susceptibility to disease)
- IMPROVED drought resistance (less need for irrigation)
“SEER® Rockdust® – also works as a COMPOST ACTIVATOR, encouraging microbial activity, creating a higher temperature, reducing odour, locking in more nitrogen and improving fertility of the compost
OCTOBER 31, 2014 BY FRESHSPRING SUPPORT
A whole chapter aboutSEER®Rockdust®and the SEER Centreis featured in “We Want Real Food” by Graham Harvey!
Graham is an agricultural author and a great advocate for natural farming methods and soil remineralisation withSEER®Rockdust®.
This book is a must for all farmers and growers!