The Guild Report
January 2011  A New Generation of Fertilizers     
In This Issue
Point of View
Biological Soil Amendments
Living Soil

Point of View    

With Employee Owner

Mike Davidson  

Photo Mike Davidson

"Having recently celebrated my 24th anniversary, it allowed me to reflect on what has kept me here and motivated all these years.  It is the people I work with and the culture that exists.  Even before our Employee Stock Ownership Plan was created, there was a culture of teamwork and camaraderie.  This has made GGI a special company; I am a proud owner."

Mike Davidson is our Vice President and CFO.  In addition to his duties as CFO, he is also our Corporate Treasurer,ESOP Trustee and is on our Board of Directors.



The photo below is one of our employee owners applying organic products; part of our LivingSolutions Program at St Mary's University.

Soil Inoculant Application

Click and  see the video on LivingSolutions!!




Happy New Year!

With the recent warm sunny weather, the holidays already seem like a distant memory.  In fact, as we near February now is the time to start thinking about spring.

We hope you find the following article of interest.  It is about one component of a healthy landscape.

Did you know? 
Landscape for Life website states that - "every year healthy landscapes provide $33 trillion worth of natural services, including natural water storage and flood control-nearly twice the global gross national product of $18 trillion".

All the best,
Suzanne Harris

Biological Soil Amendments


No doubt you are hearing more about the trend toward using biologically based soil amendments versus synthetics or chemicals. 


We have been using these natural products; testing the soil and observing that over time plants and turf areas are far more resilient and vital.  Our experience has shown us that it is also a cost effective solution for healthier plants, gradually diminishing the frequency of fertilization and plant replacements.


And now, the scientific community is eagerly embracing these practices and have backed it up with research.  We were most intrigued to read a recently published article in one of the industry trade publications about some exciting new research about these products.

A study conducted by the Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska, Roch Gaussoin, found that they produce an equivalent response in terms of quality against 30% less quantity of a nitrogen based product.  Moreover, the indications were an equal response with reduced rates of fertility.


Now this is only the below-ground benefits, mind you.


The above-ground benefits are also recognized for their contributions to air and water purity.  Dr. Amaranthus, Associate Professor at Oregon State University says that environmentalists are getting excited because of the ability of these products to sequester carbon gases.


Studies have shown that the biological products increase the carbon content of treated soil 1% per year which Dr. Amaranthus says is huge.  If you multiply that over millions of acres, there is a potential to reduce 27% of US carbon emissions.

The diagram below is taken from the Landscape for Life website, a collaboration of the Lady Bird John Wildflower Center and the US Botanic Garden. The blue arrows show how the element has always cycled naturally from one carbon reservoir to another. The red arrows represent carbon emissions due to human activities. Click on the diagram to enlarge. 


The Carbon Cycle