Among organic methods of pest control, rock dust is one of the safest for people, soil, and plants.
If you were to choose a place to plant your dream vegetable garden, it would probably not be in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains in Strathardle, Perthshire, Scotland. The upland site is infertile, acidic and exposed to severe weather. Yet it was exactly here that Cameron and Moira Thomson settled and decided to become self-sufficient by creating their own garden, growing their very own fruits and vegetables.
RTE just found these wonderful YouTube videos and we would like to share them with you! Originally filmed by BBC Television, the Seer Centre in Scotland has received enormous media coverage through the years in newspapers and on the radio and television in the UK. Their center attracts many visitors every year and has been supported by the actor Sean Connery. They now have a product in the UK distributed by Angus Horticulture Ltd.
SEER Centre Featured in Star & FurrowIn "Sustainable Ecological Earth Regeneration with Rockdust", Moira Thompson traces the inspirational history of the SEER Centre from its humble and ambitious beginnings to its current state as a recognized Land Trust and purveyor of rockdust.
Moira details some of the SEER Centre's earliest experiments in remineralization and the results are exciting! Mineral and trace element rich rockdust, "quarried from 420 million year old Scottish volcanic rock", works in conjunction with both the soil and its inhabitants to consistently provide delicious, nutrient-dense organic produce.
Remineralization as a tool in climate stabilization cannot be underestimated, as Moira points out in this Star & Furrow article. Graphs and images illustrate where we are now in Earth's glacial cycle. READ MORE
Soil Remineralization Research Forum in Scotland Sponsored by Scottish EPA is Now Online!
Two of the leading Organic Certification bodies, namely OF&G (Organic Farmers and Growers) and SOPA (Scottish Organic Producers Association) have approved SEER Rockdust for use by their members. This means that such benefits as increased yield, pest and drought resistance, improved flavor and higher nutritional benefit can now be realised on a professional basis by the organic movement.