About Organic Land Care
Soil Food Web Consulting
Elaine Ingham, one of the world’s leading soil scientists and founder of Soil Food Web, has revolutionized how we view the soil ecosystem.
Todd Harrington President, Arborist S-3063, Soil Foodweb Life Consultant Advisor, NOFA Author, and Accredited.
For the past 30 years, Todd has built an honest and solid relationship with his customers. As one of Dr. Elaine Ingham’s original students, Todd learned how the Soil Biology treatments could be used to restore diverse landscapes and plant types. Since the 1990s, Todd has built a world-renowned organic land care business by showing customers how to create the best conditions for their plants, without chemicals.
Todd and his team have consulted and carried out successful projects worldwide, from date orchards in the UAE, to 50,000+ acre corn and soy farms in the heart of the U.S
Driven By Science
To be the leaders in organic land care, providing our clients with safe and effective practices. Revolutionizing the way we care for our land by creating a more sustainable and regenerative approach to agriculture.
Harrington’s Organic Land Care is committed to providing quality, Regenerative-based services that reduce environmental impact. We strive to develop innovative eco-friendly practices that are affordable and accessible to all.
Todd's Perspectives On The Topic
What role do regenerative practices play in all of this?
A lot of people try to define regenerative in practice-based systems. We are not interested in practice-based systems. But we think there are some core principles that are going to help make this function. One is tillage. We have to reduce or eliminate tillage completely. The second is to keep a live root in the ground for as many days of the year as you can and increase that diversity. Winter cover crops are a highly diverse multi-species, and they are crucial. Not tilling is really crucial. We started our research by positing the importance of removing chemicals and fertilizers, but the work we are doing on our client’s farms is not to remove all of those components, and to still see huge increases in the health of that soil, and in carbon accrual. So it has become a matter of being able to ease farmers into reducing their chemical inputs without cutting them off completely, and in essence, that means a transition that is very gentle. They will see no yield differences, and they will see cost savings because they are using fewer inputs.
I would like to drive home that when you build a healthy soil biome, what’s obvious is that you see increased soil fertility, reduced costs, and increased profits for farmers. You also see increased drought tolerance and water percolation to reduce flooding. Furthermore, it increases biodiversity and food nutrient density, by all accounts seen. We are not just talking about climate, moreover, we are talking about life on planet earth and its health and vibrancy. When the amount of biodiversity is increased below the soil line, it’s increased above the soil line. And when you increase the biodiversity of the biology, you increase the health of the planet and therefore increase the health of the food we eat. All of that is the way nature inherently wants to work. It’s biology, and we just need to support it.
I decided that in order to change agriculture globally, we had to start here in the United States. Unfortunately, our understanding of soil and farming comes from a ten-thousand-year history of degradation, decline, and destruction; high inputs, high fossil fuel usage, and carbon lost to the atmosphere. So that’s a paradigm change that needs to happen, and needs to happen rapidly, for civilization to have a future. But historically, it takes a hundred years to change a scientific paradigm, and with climate change, we don’t have a hundred years. We have a decade, maybe, to turn this around.
Right now, with the price of things like fertilizers and other inputs, we see this as an opportunity to have deeper conversations with farmers, discussing ways they can have an avenue out of writing these big checks. We are talking to them about ways they can move towards healthier soils, and more money in the bank, without coming at them with the arrogant purity and righteous indignation that a lot of organic people want to carry on their shoulders. It stays away from arguments, and just moves directly into, “Here’s how your farm can become more profitable”. They’re going to be accruing carbon whether they want to or not, because that’s what biology is going to do. So our hope is that they’re going to be on our team, maybe unwillingly at first, but that they’re ultimately going to be willing because they need to reduce their costs.
A Whole System Approach To Productive Soils
Harrington has helped clients with a deep approach to problem-solving and forensics. The goals and problems of every client are explored as thoroughly as the soil life itself. When farmers, growers, and agricultural’s arrive with urgent land issues, they are introduced to a process of testing, problem-solving, and action so they can see the results for themselves, and scale up their process to accelerate their results.
Clients are introduced to vermicompost systems, biological extracts, teas, organic minerals, and thermal compost processes that are tailor-made for their land and their plants. Whether you’re a large-scale farmer, managing a park, ranching, or other agricultural practices, there is a way to solve your problem if you look deep enough. At the core, Todd believes that anyone can restore their soil and their land to a state of abundance if they’re willing to work with biology to solve their problems.
Some Of Our Testimonials
Through both Todd’s products ( vermicompost ) and his consulting, we were able to design a soil mix that has been able to regenerate itself, its nutrients and beneficials for our crops. We use his product as the core part of our soil design and we also perform extractions from that product during bed resets in between harvest and replanting. Todd played a key role in helping us design the mix and come up with the correct proportions to grow our crops in the soil. We have now gone through 5 growing cycles with our soil design and its still performing very well.
Todd’s team help us with testing and consulting support during our development and grow experiments, Very helpful.
I would and have recommended Harrington Organics to others and will continue to do so…