"If a healthy soil is full of death, it is also full of life:
worms, fungi, microorganisms of all kinds ...
Given only the health of the soil, nothing that dies is dead for very long."
- Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America, 1977
The Composting Series
The following two DVDs provide a comprehensive instruction to the science and ecology of composting. Start with an overview of the many organisms which make up the soil environment. Explore the wide array of micro and macro-organisms which work to break down organic matter. Learn how to design, implement, and operate effective compost systems. 106 minutes of programming on two DVD disks
The Composting Series
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Part 1 - The Science of Biological Decomposition: Effective Composting Methods
Start on the microscopic level to see the wide array of micro and macro-organisms which break down organic matter. See how to create compost and explore its water and nutrient holding capacity. Learn the basics of aerobic hot composting & how to create a good C:C (brown:green) ratio when layering. Also, see how to implement proper watering rates and how to use a thermometer to determine the pile's mesophyllic/thermophilic cycle. This shows when to turn the pile or windrow. Other methods shown include sheet, pit and worm composting. This program is very popular for teaching what compost is and how it can be effectively produced. 33 minutes.
Part 2 - Integrated Compost Systems See how to design, implement and operate effective compost systems. Visit a renowned agricultural compost operator, a worm farm operator, a landscape manager who composts all of the organic matter at a golf and town home retirement community, a yard waste recycling specialist who coordinates a city-wide compost system, a landfill manager who runs a huge windrow operation, and a university compost manager who integrates food waste, yard waste and farm waste. DVD 33 minutes.
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance,
the wise grows it under his feet." - James Oppenheim
The Soil Science Series
This three-program set has been one of our most popular products for a reason - you cannot find a more comprehensive, better designed series of videos to introduce your students to the foundational concepts of soil science. This series should be part of every agriculture classroom and school library's media collection.
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Part 1 - Introduction to Soil Science: Soil Forming Factors This insightful video introduces students to the forces and factors that influence soil development. Filled with beautiful and interesting examples, see the various parent material soil types. Learn details about Residual, Cumulose and Transported soils. Students will understand the definitions of Alluvial, Eollan, Glacial and Colluvial. Then explore the other soil forming factors: climate, topography, the biosphere and time, and their accumulative effects on soil development. Included are exciting aerials views of glaciers, in addition to scenes of deserts, valleys, mountains, estuaries and a myriad of other locations. This blend of visual and narrative information has a great impact on students' grasp of this complex subject. 25 minutes
Part 2 - The Properties of Soil Understanding the physical properties of soil leads to better informed management decisions by many people including farmers, landscapers, civil engineers, architects, land use planners & resource specialists. By knowing the properties of our soils we can make better decisions about its use and conservation. In this video we cover the physical properties of soil texture, structure, water, slope, depth & color. Viewers learn how soil is formed as we explore the five soil forming factors of climate, organisms, parent materials, topography and time. Types of rocks and how they are formed are covered. Beautiful videography & relevant examples make this video a pleasure to watch as students learn about the properties of soil. This program won a Telly Award! 24 minutes
Part 3 - Soil Biology This program is loaded with information on the many organisms which make up the soils environment. From easily visible earthworms to microscopic bacteria, discover valuable information on the roles and interactions of the soil's flora and fauna. See how soil biology relates to soil horizons, porosity, water holding capacity and other physical properties of soil.
While soil fertility is often measured by a soil's chemical, mineral and organic matter content, new research is presented on how the many species of mesofauna can be extracted from the soil and then used as indicators of soil fertility. Examine soil pests as well as beneficial life forms found in the soil. Also see human attitudes towards soil organisms and learn how opinions can develop which are not always based on science. Clear narration, effective use of graphics and fascinating microphotography bring into focus the many life forms in the soil of our farms and landscapes. 24 minutes.
This in-depth video series presents the interdisciplinary topics of fertilizers and soil fertility. Soil science, chemistry, botany, physics, economics and mathematics all play a role in the strategic use of fertilizers.
This four-part series provides a wealth of information on the essential topic of soil fertility. The relationships between soil, plants and nutrients are explained along with many practical techniques used to accurately, and economically, apply fertilizers. The programs are designed with both instructors and students in mind.
Topics are arranged in a logical manner giving instructors the flexibility to design their lesson plans according to their own teaching style. Throughout the video program, instructors will find many opportunities to incorporate their own information and present the themes and ideas at their own pace. Technical terms are easy to read on any TV screen and animated graphics help students quickly grasp and retain the information.
This series demonstrates the use of fertilizers in agriculture, horticulture and the landscape industry. The intended audience includes high school and university students studying soil science, horticulture, agriculture, botany and environmental science. The content of this series is partly based on agricultural core curriculum standards. |
In part two (22 minutes) students will delve into and nutrient availability, nutrient deficiencies and the diagnosis of plant problems. The various factors effecting nutrient availability and nutrient absorption are presented. Students will see nutrient- deficiency symptoms and learn how to distinguish between nutrient deficiencies and other plant problems. $119.00
The third tape in this series (23 minutes) demonstrates how to test soil fertility. Students will see how to properly collect soil samples for laboratory analysis. The results from the soil analysis explained in detail, along with the recommendations given by the soil laboratory. This program also defines the terms used in the fertilizer industry and explains the information found on fertilizer labels. Students will see a commercial fertilizer distributor as well as a variety of different fertilizer forms and application methods. Both organic and inorganic fertilizers are presented.
Part Four, the final tape in this series (22 minutes), shows how to develop a cost-effective fertilization program. The program goes step-by-step through various fertilizer calculations for agriculture, horticulture and landscape applications. Examples of price comparisons are calculated, as well as fertilizer application rates for turf and for organic materials. Fertilizer injectors are demonstrated as students learn how to set up and solve equations needed for designing a constant-feed program. This section enhances students problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.
Shot on location at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, this exciting video introduces viewers, via in-the-field judging, to the basics of land judging. Dr. Clyde Stahnke discusses land judging, land treatment, determination, surface texture, slope, depth of soil, and land permeability. Contest scoring procedures are also addressed. Supplement included. 37 min.
Introduction to Land Judging DVD $119.00 Fungi: Decomposers and Parasites DVD
Our Fungi DVD begins by describing hyphae-the filamentous, thread-like fungal cells that intertwine to form interwoven masses called mycelium which are usually only visible when differentiated into sexual structures such as mushrooms, puffballs, and powdery molds. How fungi obtain nutrients either through parasitic or mutualistic relationships or decomposing dead bodies is examined before looking at their economic, ecological, and health impacts. The major divisions of fungi are then examined and some of the unique adaptations found in kingdom Fungi are discussed.
Fungi: Decomposers and Parasites DVD $119.00 Practice Land Judging I DVD
Viewers of this practical video will gain valuable experience in land judging. Two plots of land are presented for evaluation, followed by an official key of major land class factors and correct treatments provided by Dr. Stahnke. 33 min.
Practice Land Judging I DVD $89.95 Practice Land Judging II DVD
Additional practice for viewers wishing to further hone their land judging skills is provided on this video. Two different plots of land are presented for evaluation, followed by an official key of major land class factors and correct treatments. 36 min
This in-depth look at our planet’s rocks, minerals, and soils includes these segments: The Theory of Uniformitarianism, which considers what can be learned about the past by studying the present; The Three Main types of Rocks and how they are formed; The Rock Cycle, which examines how rocks are continually changing; Rocks, Fossils, and Fossil Fuels, which investigates how fossil fuels are formed and the impact that burning them has on the environment; Minerals, which explores the different types of minerals and their properties; Soil, which shows how soil is formed and what determines its quality for farming. 30 min.
Rocks, Minerals and Soils DVD $89.95 Soil Quality DVD
Examine sources of soil pollution, and discover some of the efforts taken to prevent it. Although soil erosion is natural and necessary, human activity can hasten and magnify this process. Learn how “America‘s Bread Basket” was transformed into the “Dust Bowl” during the 1930s, and see what farming methods have been implemented as a result. Through contrasting examples like Love Canal and Shirley Plantation, see how issues of soil pollution and degradation have been addressed. Soil is much more than dirt beneath our feet. It is an essential component of life on earth. 23 min.
Soil Quality DVD $99.00 Sonatas of the
Soil Vol. 1 (DVD)
This program includes:
Portrait of a Winemaker: John Williams of Frog’s Leap, 2011, 15 minutes
Portrait of a Winemaker tells the remarkable story of John Williams and Frog’s Leap Vineyards in the Napa Valley where organically managed dry-farmed grapes make for great soil and award winning wine.
Sekem Vision, 2011, 14 minutes
Sekem Vision features the sustainable development and business pioneers Dr Ibrahim Abouleish and his son, Helmy Abouleish as they discuss their vision for the comprehensive development initiative, Sekem, a giant biodynamic farming community in the deserts of Egypt.
Transition Town Totnes, 2011, 13 minutes
Transition Town Totnes is a short film featuring Transition Town movement founder Rob Hopkins as he discusses the core principles of the Transition Initiative, a global community response to the twin pressures of climate change and peak oil. 42 min. total run time
Sonatas of the Soil Vol 1 $119.00 Sonatas of the
Soil Vol. 1 (DVD)
This program includes:
Soil In Good Heart, 2008, 13 minutes
Soil in Good Heart is a brief look at why good soil fertility is vital to life. It illustrates how valuable soil is to society and how it’s been neglected at our peril. A mini-primer on what we’ve done to soil and how we can fix it!
Walking and Talking with Vandana Shiva.
is an extended interview with this Indian Physicist and agricultural activist at her farm and seed bank. Navdanya in Dehradun, India. Also included is Soil, Soul and Society, a presentation by Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College, teacher, writer and editor of Resurgence magazine, about Soil, Soul, and Society. 111 min. total run time.
Sonatas of the Soil Vol 2 $119.00 Alive and Well: Sustainable Soil Management (DVD)
The principles of sustainable agriculture as practiced on five very different farms: soil aeration, minimum disturbance after aeration, composting and other soil amendments, cover cropping, biological diversity, and economic strategies. 35 min. DVD