Be thankful for what's right under your feet. Allen Smith explains in this report, from the garden.
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Allen Smith: So much of the bounty were thankful for on this National day of thanksgiving, comes directly from the soil. Today some farmers regard the soil not just as a medium for growing crops but as a living organism in its own right. At country flat farm, Peter Icon has a genuine respect for the soil, seeing its health essential to sustainable food productions. So, Peter what is the soil have to with biodynamic farming? Peter Icon: Well the soil is really the heart of the farm. It's what we say composes the heart of the soil but it's actually the soil, if we don't have good healthy soil we can really grow healthy plants. Allen Smith: Peter the phrase biodynamic, you know too many might seem like a lofty idea or a lofty phrase. How can the average person participate? Peter Icon: Well, I think the thing most people would like to do and can do is build a compost corral. It does a couple things, it's gets rid of the yard waste which is a real help and it also makes a much more biologically active soil and make your garden grow in the spring and that's what everybody I think wants. Allen Smith: Sure, there is nothing more exciting than to see strong vigorous plants come out of some soil that you help to create. Peter Icon: Oh! Absolutely. Allen Smith: Caring for Nation's farm land is one of the best ways to ensure a bountiful harvest for future generations. Wishing you a happy thanks giving from the Garden, I am Allen Smith.