Microorganisms are bacteria and fungi species responsible for the inner workings of soil. Microorganisms living in soil are one of the most abundant life forms on the planet, yet at this point in time, science is only able to identify and quantify about 5% of them. Unseen and understudied, microorganisms are responsible for decomposing organic matter into plant available nutrients. They also transform subsoil into topsoil. Plant roots and microorganisms have a symbiotic relationship; root exudates feed the microorganisms and the microbes digest minerals in the soil, thereafter making these previously bound nutrients plant available.
Without them, the soil cannot function properly and turns into an environment unsuitable for plants. The role of the #500 and barrel compost preparations is to inoculate these bacteria and fungi species into the soil. An important note – microorganisms must be bred on site. Each farm has a unique microbial population that is specifically adapted to the site. This is why it is important to make biodynamic preparations on your land.
The research underway about microbial populations in soil is of paramount importance, and as farmers we are just beginning to understand this vast area of study. In a recent analysis, we found that our #500 biodynamic preparation contains 5.8 billion microorganisms per gram.