Spanish River Carbonatite™ has boosted yields,
raised protein content, and reduced toxicity & disease.
Can it do the same for you?


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The numbers prove it.

Our extended evaluation of Spanish River Carbonatite™ has shown that all of the theories are correct.  Remineralizing your soil is an incredibly effective way to boost its health and productivity.




Over the past two crop seasons SRC has been applied over ten thousand acres of Ontario 's prime agricultural land and wherever vegetable, grain, or forage crops were tested yield, protein, and mineral levels were significantly increased and in controlled tests outperformed chemical fertilizers. In fruit and berry crops the Brix readings (refractometer testing mineral/sugar levels), were the highest achieved by the farmers. Individual farmers reported improved germination and their best produce. On golf courses, parks, playing fields and subdivision lawns where visual results are the measure SRC was clearly distinguished and the operators impressed. SRC applications had the earliest green lawns that persisted until covered by snow. The majority of farmers also reported a rapid visual response along with improved tilth. The years 2000 and 2001 crop seasons were among the driest and wettest recorded in SW Ontario . In a specific test to correct high aluminium levels in produce, the levels were reduced by 78%. As well as mitigating harmful metal uptake in plants caused by acid rain on impacted soils, our carbonatite is converting acid rain to available nitrogen, sulphur and carbon dioxide before it can leach through to the sub-soils.


Our research had indicated that reactive calcium was the major soil deficiency and that Spanish River Carbonatite contained the most reactive limestone available to farmers in North America and we expected positive results. However, the biotite and apatite were equally reactive, supplying the plant adequate potassium and phosphorous within the crop season. The carbonatite's extremely reactive calcium or some of its many trace elements may be having a catalytic effect or enhanced microbial activity is making otherwise inert phosphorous or potassium secondary minerals in the soil plant available. In any event with organic farmers reliance on nitrogen sourced from cover crops, crop rotations, compost and enhanced microbial activity in their soils, SRC can be a complete fertilizer for the organic farmer or at low rates probably determined by acid rain considerations is the single best product for maintaining mineral levels.


We may never know why the Spanish River Carbonatite is exceptionally reactive. In its fortuitous mineral complexity and genesis we can recognize factors known or hypothesized to influence rock weathering to soil. These include its nano-crystalline structure unique to its genesis, the acceleration of calcium's mineral regulatory role in the soil, enhanced microbial environment and activity and possible complex catalytic effects of its multitude of trace elements and rare earths. All these and probably unknown other factors combined to favourably impact on the physical, chemical and biological rate of mineral weathering in the soils. The astonishing universal response in Ontario soils over thousands of acres, with the soil environment in each location being complex and different, documents the complexity of the SRC and the myriad of complex reactions engendered in the soil systems.


The majority of our extended farm evaluation trials, which number more than one hundred, have been on chemically and physically impacted soils on conventional farms, where they have been astoundingly effective. Our products and programs have out-performed conventional chemical fertilizers and indications are that they are reversing the progressive soil destruction of chemical farming. It has been reported (Barak, University of Wisconsin) that soils have aged 5000 years after 30 years use of soluble chemical fertilizers. With the addition of our high-nitrogen, reactive peat, Spanish River Carbonatite can be a safe complete fertilizer for conventional farms and with a program based on advanced mineralogical/biological science can progress to long-term soil restoration and re-mineralizing widely regarded as North America's most critical and substantial problem.


The response to the inevitable question as to 'why does it work' we reduce to careful examination of the key variable "reactivity". SRC works in biological time rather than geological time. The major difference between elemental metals and industrial minerals is that industrial minerals may be infinitely variable and the characteristics of a specific industrial mineral may be the basis for its unique effectiveness. The difference in effectiveness between different calcium carbonates used in scrubbers to clean up toxic gases and metals can be 1000 times. The high price of various micas (including biotite), may based on unique refractory or cation exchange capacity characteristics. Flake size, made Madagascar graphite the premium product in the industry. Bentonite's expansion sealing properties are unique among clays. Spanish River Carbonatite is the most reactive natural mineral when applied to soils and may fortuitously be one of a kind.


Why has it not been found before? Geoscientists virtually abandoned soil science with the almost total focus on chemical farming over the past 40 years. Not only has agriculture been deprived of major advances in geosciences, but, no prospector or geologist was looking for natural agricultural minerals. Obviously the magnitude of the soils' and plants' response to SRC follows progressive physical, chemical and microbial soil abuse over 40 years. There are no longer virgin soils and the Province's soil studies must be updated regionally to account for the various degrees and kinds of degradation. T he original studies are of use in highlighting deficiencies, now primarily reactive calcium and organic matter, and providing restoration targets. Until now there has been no soil lab in Canada to support sound mineralogical/microbial farm practices for organic farmers. Our systematic soil sampling, mineral auditing, soil and tissue sampling and analysis combined with the world-class, geosciences analytical and research labs in Sudbury and Elliot Lake is an unique service for organic farmers in North America .


On virtually all, conventional farms we have sampled and on many organic operations, organic matter is as equally neglected and as critically deficient as reactive calcium. To provide a complete line of fertilizer and soil amendment products to both organic and conventional farms and large-scale horticultural applications we have been sourcing and testing non-sphagnum peat in our test gardens and small greenhouse for the past three years. Capitalizing on the obvious synergy of combining the most reactive minerals with the most reactive and nutrient rich peat was only delayed until we were less overwhelmed with our carbonatite business. However, by this past fall we were shipping bulk peat for direct farm application, for composting with manure and for mixing with commercial composts both improving nutrient content and in some cases making it possible to meet extremely stringent environmental and waste management requirements.


While peat is abundant in Northern Ontario little is produced relative to the major scale of the Province's agricultural industry and the world-class size of Northern Ontario 's unexploited peat resources. And what is produced is largely based on sphagnum moss peat for high-end applications in landscaping, horticulture, greenhouses, parks & gardens and recreational gardening. Our testing to date has focussed on various non-sphagnum peat sources, which have distinct advantages over sphagnum in organic agricultural applications. The deficiencies we note in sphagnum peat generally require the use of chemical nutrients. Whichever peat, there is generally little questioning that virtually all pathogen and weed-free peat is an exceptional, multi-faceted, environmentally positive soil amendment and fertilizer, but, little work has been done to justify peat's use or make it economically available to farms on a broad basis in Ontario agriculture.


However, the explosive growth of organic and ecological agriculture and related markets will inevitably highlight the application of bulk peat and reactive mineralized peat products for organic soils in the Province. Demonstrating the remarkable effectiveness of reactive natural minerals combined with peat and major scale market for these products will overcome peat's current high cost of transportation. Like our Spanish River Carbonatite, peat will also develop large-scale applications in conventional chemical agriculture as the industry strives to ameliorate the progressive deterioration of their soils and to become more environmentally responsible on the farm. Peat is perhaps more complex than carbonatite and exploration and development will produce uniquely reactive and nutrient rich peat. Peat requires the same scientific support as our minerals. We expect to sell three times as much peat and other soil amendments as we do carbonatite.


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