The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

The Hope of Farming


May 16, 2018

It was a beautiful day to be outside. The season when farmers love the smell of overturned dirt, the look of freshly worked fields. What's wonderful is dirt smells different depending on where you live. You aren't actually smelling dirt but the organic chemical called geosmin. Bacteria actually works geosmin to help create the unique smell of the soil. "Land, then, merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals" says Aldo Leopold from a Sand County Almanac, 1949. Smelling the dirt brings up deep memories for most farmers and reminds us o...

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