The Soil Enhancer
The idea of using charcoal in agricultural applications is both old and new. The Maya added charcoal to their fields over two thousand years ago, and according to research by Cornell University published in the journal Nature (August 2006) these fields still produce higher yields. In some cases, up to 600% higher productivity than neighbouring untreated soils.
Poor soils benefit from the addition of charcoal, as the porous structure gives bacteria a place to live, like a complex city within the soil. One gram of carbon can have a surface area over 200 m , and can reach the size of a tennis court.
As the biological life of the soil increases, so does the nutrient content and its ability to grow plants. The carbon also helps add body to soils with heavy clay, absorb salts and capture water near the plants roots where it does most good.
Backyard gardeners can add carbon to their soils and reap the same rewards. Beneficial soil bacteria must move into the carbon and multiply there, making long-term improvements to the soil. The poorer the soil, the more positive impact adding carbon will have. It is also a good idea to add carbon to a backyard composter for two reasons: first, it can help absorb liquid in wet compost and reduce the odor of decay that often plagues an unbalanced composter. Second, the bacteria in the compost “charges” the carbon, essentially infusing it with bacteria much more quickly than it would normally take by adding it directly to garden soil.
We see carbon as a soil body-builder. It ultimately adds invisible space and dimension to soil, giving microorganisms a place to live and water a place to collect.
Mayan Gold® is already a proven product that has been tested and verified in studies at the University of Saskatchewan that showed increased plant growth in poor or contaminated soils.
The CFIA approved Mayan Gold for agricultural use in September, 2017.
LISTEN TO US ON GARDEN TALK RADIO
In May on 2019, president and CEO Jamie Bakos, was interviewed on Garden Talk Radio in Saskatoon, SK. Click in the link below to listen to the program- he's the first interview on the show, and describes what Mayan Gold does and why carbon is a smart thing to add to your soil.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY...
In side-by-side trials in 2018, our organic hemp/cannabis crop that was treated with biochar saw an increase in yields of 40% vs control. We noticed more flower sites and an overall increase in health. With increased health, the plant is able to focus on secondary metabolic functions like producing oils, terpenes and cannabinoids like CBD, rather than dealing with stress. Not surprisingly, I noticed a significant increase in extract yields and terpenes on the crops treated with biochar. -Hempera Farms, Markham, ON
We used Mayan Gold on our sandy soil where we grow our potatoes and our strawberries. The soil immediately started to hold more moisture, and as the year went on, we saw the potato plants increase significantly in size. Our potato yield went up thanks to Mayan Gold, and our strawberries were more plentiful AND sweeter! Better crops with better Brix (sugar content) thanks to better soil. For us Mayan Gold was awesome, especially in our sandiest soil!
-B. Tenkink, Farmer, in Lily Plain, SK
WHERE CAN I BUY MAYAN GOLD?
Mayan Gold is available from our manufacturing site in Craik (501 Crossford Avenue), and also at:
Early's Farm and Garden Centre
2615 Lorne Ave
Saskatoon, SK S7J 0S5
Early's Farm and Garden Centre- 51st Street
502 - 51st Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 7L1
818 Central Ave
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z9
Davidson Home Hardware
213 Washington Ave
Davidson, SK S0G 1A0
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