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The ‘Under Story’ Masterclass

Imagine fields of flowers under your fruit trees … what a beautiful addition to your garden. But did you know that flowering plants can also help you have a healthy gut, healthy soil, healthy trees and happy bees?

In this 2 hour Masterclass, guest expert Dr Christine Jones explains the truly amazing connections between fruit trees and the plants, soil and microbes beneath them— and your gut health.

Despite minor technical issues (for example the sound is a bit ropey for the first few minutes), Christine delivered a wonderful presentation that warrants repeated viewing. Highly recommended!

$19.00 incl. GST


Most of our immunity comes from our gut, and human health is improved by eating a wide range of plants that support a diversity of gut microbes. The same applies to soil health—a plant’s immune system functions much better if it’s growing in a biodiverse soil.

You may be surprised to learn that plants and microbes make up a whopping 99% of the biomass of life on earth—plants and their microbial partners truly are the major players in healthy ecosystems. Understanding how they work together leads to better crops, healthier plants, and healthier people (as well as more profitable farms).

In this Masterclass Christine explains why plants under fruit trees are so important, why we need to aim for ‘yearlong green’, and why diversity matters. The cutting edge concept of ‘biological induction’ reveals exciting new facts about the roles plants and microbes play in your garden.

You’ll learn the many benefits of including a species-rich understorey beneath your fruit trees:
* enhancing diversity above and below the ground
* helping your fruit trees grow
* rapidly building stable soil carbon
* improving soil structure, aeration and water-holding capacity
* enhancing soil nutrient availability (so no need for fertilisers)
* improving the immune system of plants (reducing need for insecticides or fungicides)
* making your trees more resilient and productive
* optimising soil, plant, animal and human health and happiness

And the best bit? Once you have the plants established, you can eat them! The majority of herbs and flowers that channel carbon to soil are also great for human gut health. (Just be sure you know which ones are safe to eat!)

About our guest presenter

Dr Christine Jones has a PhD in soil biochemistry and has gained international recognition as a speaker, presenting at workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Western Europe, Central America, the United States and Canada.

In her long career Christine has published more than 50 scientific papers on soil science. ​​She has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management practices. Christine is a member of Arizona State University’s ‘Carbon Nation Team’ and sits on the advisory board of ‘The Carbon Underground’.

What’s included in this Masterclass

When you buy the Masterclass, you’ll be sent a link and password that will give you access to:

  • A recording of the 2 hour Masterclass
  • The slide presentation
  • A short overview of Biological Induction
  • A short overview of Quorum Sensing

Please note: after purchase you will have ongoing access to view the resources online, however this is not a downloadable product.


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