The Bionutrient Food Association offers unique tools and kits at discounted costs to members for improving, testing and evaluating the quality of their crops, produce and soil.
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Now more than ever people are harnessing a collective energy to grow food locally, with care and intention, and in a way that harmonizes with nature. We are excited to support gardeners and homesteaders by offering the BFA Garden Kit, a suite of biological amendments that are pre-packed for the home garden scale and are not available in any retail stores. This all-in-one kit provides the essentials for biological growing: a broad spectrum soil mineral amendment, complete liquid feed for foliar sprays, and bacterial and fungal seed inoculant. Learn more
The refractometer in our Brix Kit is currently the most accessible of tools available for discerning quality. While not a measure of nutrient density, it is generally understood that the refractive index, or brix, of a given fruit or vegetable correlates closely to quality and taste. Refractometers are an easy, low-cost test widely used among growers for whom quality is important. But you don't need to be a farmer - you can just as easily use a refractometer on produce you buy from the store to get a better undertanding of what you are eating, or who has the best carrots at the market.
The Electro-conductivity Meter is an essential tool for the grower to have in their toolbox. Soil electrical conductivity (EC) is a measure of the electrical charge in the soil, where too much or too little can hinder optimal plant growth. This measure of conductivity provides a valuable indicator of soil health and the functioning processes foundational to crop quality and yields, plant nutrient availability, and activity of soil microorganisms. The EC meter provides the grower with a critical snapshot that underpins the health of their soil, and is useful for addressing shortcomings or adjusting strategies in the growing season.
We are very excited to invite our members to order the Bionutrient Meter Development Kit, and join us in the effort to establish an objective definition of nutrient quality, wherein the goal is to provide consumers and growers with a handheld tool that can empower them to select for nutrient quality with a flash of light. The Development Kit is a significant step on that journey! While it cannot currently provide nutrient assesments, you can help build the dataset out of which we are developing the algorithms to do so in the future. Visit the Bionutrient Institute to learn more about our work and how you can get involved! Together as farmers and consumers, we can take control of our shared nutritional destiny - we can not only increase crop quality and begin to reverse the epidemic of chronic diseases, we can also regenerate ecosystems, increase farm viability, and improve foundational dynamics in the broader culture.
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The tools and kits we offer are available as a benefit to our members only. If you are not yet a member but would like to be, we invite you to join the movement. You can purchase the above at the same time you sign up to be a member. Help support our efforts to improve food quality for all – soil health for human health for planetary health!