Market Gardens

  • Call To Arms -- Call #2: Market Gardens and the Reams Program

    In this 2nd of three calls I interview my mentor and partner Dan Skow. Dr. Skow studied with Dr. Carey Reams for a decade and is widely considered as the Dean of the Reams-School of Agronomy. He has been teaching and promoting quality foods since the mid 70's. Dan has consulted on numerous crops around the world and has clearly seen the principles of Dr. Reams proven time and again. Dan is the founder of International Ag Labs and still maintains an active role though retirement is getting ever closer.

    Dr. Skow will be speaking at the Call to Arms Seminar on the both days covering the subjects of the IAL soil test, plant growth and energy, and foliar fundamentals.

    If you have some specific questions you would like Dr. Skow and I to address on this call please post them in the comments below. I will try to cover as many as possible.



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  • Call To Arms -- Call #3: Observations From the Front Lines

    In this 3rd of three calls I interview my good friend and business associate Duane Headings. Duane is an astute observer and quick learner. He has been a dealer with International Ag Labs for two years and has had the unique position of a front row seat to observe International Ag Labs fertility recommendations up close. Duane first started with IAL by incorporating our program into his turf business. He soon progressed to being a garden dealer. In this capacity he has mixed up many custom garden blends and shipped them around the U.S. as well as supplying many local gardens in is own community in Northern Arkansas.

    Soon after he began working with our high brix garden program Duane got swamped with requests from market gardeners and larger row crop growers to consult with them. This had the affect of bringing Duane into a full-fledged agricultural dealer. He has worked, primarily among the Amish, across a broad range extending from Arkansas to Illinois and every state in between.

    At the Call To Arms Conference Duane will be discussing the importance of the farmer continually monitoring soil energy using a simple conductivity meter. He will demonstrate how to take the reading and then interview two growers in a case study. These growers, David Yoder and Daniel Beechy, are neighbors and friends from the Bloomfield Iowa area. Both sell into a local produce auction. In both cases the conductivity readings had a large impact on their produce quality and bottom line. Here is a secret most market gardeners completely miss. As a refractometer is the supreme tool for consumers so the conductivity meter to measure soil energy is to the produce grower. If you are a produce grower you don't want to miss Duanes' presentation.

    Please post your questions for Duane on the blog below.



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  • Call To Arms DVDs

    Food Scares Creating Local Markets

    As more and more food scares and problems develop from industrialized food, we see a response of more and more people wanting to buy local foods. Either they want to grow it or they want to buy it. And it's opening many many opportunities for people to jump into the business of growing quality foods. From Minnesota down to Texas and all the way east, we see a tremendous increase in market gardens, greenhouses and people wanting to produce quality foods. The local communities are really stepping up support to buy locally produced foods and there's a growing consumer movement as well, consumers are wanting quality food as measured on a refractometer as well as by taste.

    Call To Arms DVD SetCall To Arms Course

    In the Call To Arms Course, we teach the nuts and bolts of how to produce the best tasting, best quality foods. You'll learn what the 5 essential tools are that must be integrated for best results. We also give testimonials and look at sample soil reports and discuss the progress people are making in the program. What the Call To Arms Course represents is an opportunity for those people who are seriously considering starting a business and producing top quality food. It's a blueprint, a starting point you might say, on how to get there. It represents an opportunity to tap into this really strong demand for fresh and quality foods. Various highlights and a brief introduction of the course are seen in the video above and if you're interested in even more information, please go to:

  • Video: Aiming For Top Quality Produce


    A Success Story As Told By Bob Siems You have heard the stories about global food shortages and even the rationing of rice here in the United States. Perhaps you have seen the buying power of your own income reduced at your local grocery store-I know I have. Are you concerned that the population is expanding so rapidly that it will be a real struggle just to find food in the future?

    Is there a solution? Is it workable?

    The answer is surprisingly simple!

    One of the keys to solving world hunger, and putting more profit in the hands of hard working farmers is to increase the production capacity on a given area of land. How is this done? Once again a very simple answer. All we have to do for many soils is to increase the availability of one element from poverty status to sufficiency level and it is amazing how much yield is increased. This is especially pronounced when dealing with fruit and vegetable production. What element are we talking about?

    Calcium. That's right, available calcium is many times the missing link and is a primary contributor of crop yield.

    The Story Behind the Story

    In the above video Bob Siems shares the amazing results he has seen since following International Ag Lab's market garden program. In 1½ years Bob's available calcium has risen from 1,075 lbs. per acre to 2,361 lbs. per acre. This is an increase of 220%. In plain language he more than doubled his available calcium. This is the story behind the story you need to keep in mind while viewing the video. What are the results?

    See for yourself.


    P.S. Please don't deduce that International Ag Labs is exclusively focused on calcium only. It takes a complete program looking at all plant nutrients to make a proper fertility program.