The best employees below ground
Earthworms are often called ‘ecosystem engineers’ because they change the structure of their environments with both horizontal and vertical tunnels. We like to call earthworms ‘our best employees below ground’ and we strive to have a living soil where they thrive due to our regenerative farming practices.
By wiggling their way through the soil, earthworms allow oxygen to be transported further down the soil profile and help stabilise soil organic matter. This makes the soil structure sponge-like, enabling it to hold more water and drain up to ten times faster than soils without earthworms.
When they wiggle their way up to the surface and leave their casts, they help us to rebuild topsoil. This is very important because this is where we seed our crops, and they help us give the plant the best start in a nutritious topsoil.
The casts left in the tunnels provides a favourable environment for plant root growth and the tunnels themselves allow the roots to penetrate deeper into the soil where they can reach extra moisture and nutrients.
By their activity, earthworms offer many benefits, all of which help increase carbon sequestration and soil health, and in the end help us improve farm productivity.
Earthworms are simply our best employees below ground and essential when farming with nature. Therefore, we make sure to feed them with organic material year-round and protect their homes by reducing or avoiding the use of tillage.