All photography provided by Joseph Snow
The sun, the soil, and the never-ending gift of Mother Nature.
How it works
The sun gives an everlasting, abundant form of energy to the planet and the solar system in the form of heat and light. For life to exist that energy needs to translate into biological processes of protein synthesis, cell division, and much more. Thankfully plants have that covered for us, thanks to the biological structure of leaves we thankfully have these green solar panels called chloroplasts working for the planet every single day! They are converting energy into life, and in doing so creating the abundance that allows all complex living creatures to exist.
The real trick for a healthy cyclical living ecosystem however, is a healthy decaying one as well. This may sound counter intuitive to most people. This is mostly because the human mind likes to compartmentalize the world around it, this is in order to make the world flow more seamlessly through the mind. This "speedy" processing we do though, comes at a cost of unhealthy bias's and false perceptions of reality. The sad part about that is the more you give into an unhealthy bias, or false perception, it tends to drag more along with it. One such bias is the disgust we misplace for insects in modern society. Think about it for a second, you live in the city, your taught roaches and bugs are disgusting, you hardly see insects, every bug that does happen to enter your home is ground for calling the exterminator… On the other hand it shouldn't be all that surprising that people who live closer to nature and witness the amazing work insects do on a daily basis, find the fear of insects comical. No wonder we look at decay and go "EWWW", we are taught from a young age that decomposing things are unsightly and therefore must be removed and replaced.
So let's delve into this decay that we here at Snowtill are obviously very passionate about. This decaying ecosystem, isn't in fact dying, actually quite the opposite, it's thriving!. But it's only thriving due to the dead decomposing organic matter that feeds it, in a sense it's where death meets life and vice versa. If your an organic gardener, you probably know what decomposing organic matter I'm talking about, it's called Mulch!. It’s really as simple as that, some dead straw on top of the earth, with a bit of moisture, and some seeds in the ground, and you have created this decaying ecosystem for your rhizosphere (root zone). If your using containers for your soil, throw some red wiggler composting worms and they will work in place of natural earthworms found outdoors. The worms act as the quarterbacks, quickly shredding up the decay into smaller pieces. They then go ahead pass it through their guts, introducing the shred up material to a host of bacteria, and out the other end to let the rest of the soil life turn it back into nutrition. Other critters play important roles as well, including mites that both predate on other insects, and those that simply help dispose of the decaying matter similarly to the worms, and even pests play an important role to some extent! Truth be told pests really only become an issue, when there aren't any good guys competing with them for food and space. When you have a thriving mulch, the pests who generally lay their eggs within the soil, have a much harder time establishing a strong population due to predatory mites, food competition within the soil, and simply less room for them due to the diversity in place!
Is that really it? Good soil, Mulch, and some moisture? Well, not exactly. To truly master a No-Till cultivation site, the grower himself must be in tune with the eco-system he's created. Nature is cyclical, and has many stages to it. While starting your very own no-till garden you may notice certain pests are in abundance, and things seem not to be shaping up the way you were hoping. Don't get discouraged, time will create the balance and truly is the ultimate healing tool this universe has to offer us. As you soil ages, and you discover more and more niches that are apparent in the ecosystem you have created, it will become easier to work with the natural processes, and know exactly how to act, when to act, and most importantly, not overreact! :)
What We've Achieved
Living organic soil, that is over a year old.
High yielding cannabis, with minimal inputs.
Quality that can easily compete on any dispensaries top shelf.
A methodology to mimic, and recreate this No-Till cultivation for larger farms.
Cutting out huge amounts of work involved with the garden by simplifying our processes.
Flawless test results, not a single product tested has failed.
Unique phenotypes that are proprietary to us as cultivators.