Holistic Sustainable Agriculture from the Soil Up

Dr. Paul Dettloff

There were 27 people who came out and joined us for Dr Dettloff’s presentation Saturday.   I will type up the notes about local resources which we compiled throughout the day, and distribute them to those who joined us.

The group was very interested in the topics, and our farm backdrop helped illustrate many of the topics we went over.  I hope to host Dr. Dettloff again next year!

Here are some notes & resources we shared during the day:

Soil Samples:
*Ask for Dr. Dettloff’s Midwest BioAg Analysis
Dairyland Labs  http://www.dairylandlabs.com/
217 E. Main Arcadia, WI  54612

Local distributor for Dr. Paul’s products:
Karova Farm Services
5649 S. Newman Rd. Woodburn, OR  97071

Acres USA, http://www.acresusa.com/
1-800-355-5313 to request a book catalog

The Biological Farmer by Gary F. Zimmer http://www.acresusa.com/books/closeup.asp?action=search&prodid=1&catid=&pcid=2

Foliar Spray to apply every 2 weeks with a garden sprayer after the dew has lifted:

2 oz liquid kelp (trace elements)
2 oz liquid fish (protein & phosphorus)
2 oz liquid humates (humic acid – fulvic acid feeds microbes)
2 oz sea salt (which ionizes & increases ergs energy)
2 oz apple cider vinegar (sets frequency for absorption)
1/2 Cup brown sugar or molasses (energy)
Garlic juice (helps discourage rabbits & deer
1 gallon raw milk
Rain water – fill to make 2 gallons

Local Resources:
Fungi Perfecti LLC — Paul Stamets mycellium company based in Olympia, WA

Azure Standard — Bulk foods & supplies, a source of kelp & humates http://www.azurestandard.com/

Concentrates Inc. —  a source of kelp & humates Organic Animal Feed in Portland, OR http://www.concentratesnw.com/

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ — Organic & wildcrafted herbs, Eugene, OR


Holistic Sustainable Agriculture from the Soil UpSaturday, July 3rd, 2010
9:00 AM  – 10:00 AM Farm tour & morning chore routine

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Dr. Paul Dettloff presentation

$35 registration fee
$10 Youth, ages 10-18
$75 Family price (Supervised play is additional)
$1.50 – $3 per hour for supervised play—required for any children who are outside (details below)

Registration info:
Please contact nathan@culturedhome.com for details, payment options, & directions

Harmony Harbor Farm, Renton, WA
15 minutes south of downtown Issaquah; 15 minutes east of downtown Renton.

This seminar presents a holistic approach for integrating soil health with healthy and sustainable animal husbandry. It is applicable to gardeners, homesteaders, farmers, and people considering incorporating livestock into their operations.   Topics will include:

  • Holistic approach to soil fertility, including optimal balancing of mineral levels in soil.
  • Use of high-forage diets for large and small ruminants.
  • Foliar spraying for increasing forage nutrition.
  • Proper feeding and butchering for backyard poultry.
  • “Reading” the hair of ruminants to predict production and butter fat content.
  • Ten key veterinary tools, including: aloe vera, tinctures, homeopathy, essential oils, whey products, botanicals (e.g., diuretic and uterine pills, and herbals teas), antioxidants, trace elements (e.g. humates/kelp), probiotics and hydrogen peroxide, and accupuncture.
  • Application of soil fertility principles for vegetable and fruit production in farms and gardens.
  • Homesteading skills that enable greater economic success and self-sufficiency.

Questions and active engagement with the material of the seminar are encouraged, as this is for your benefit.

Dr. Paul Dettloff received his DVM degree from the University of Minnesota and has conducted a large animal veterinary practice in Western Wisconsin for 35 years.  He is the author of the book, Alternative Treatments for Ruminant Animals, a premier resource for organic dairy producers.  He has pioneered the use of homeopathics and nosodes in the holistic treatment of dairy animals.  His focus on the whole system, from the soil to sustainable management, is the result of years of personal study and practical experience.  His common sense approach to on-farm production has benefited thousands of farmers.  Dr. Dettloff is a consultant and staff veterinarian for Organic Valley Cooperative, consultant to Lancaster Agriculture Products, and owner of Dr. Paul’s Lab.

Details & Comments:

Dr. Dettloff has been a super resource for Kathy in her goat husbandry since she read his book Alternative Treatments for Ruminant Animals (available from Acres, USA).  We’d like to learn more from him and to share that opportunity with others.  Our goal for the workshop day is to cover the cost of bringing him to this area.

We want this event to be family-friendly.  Children are welcome for the day.

The farm tour from 9-10 a.m. is a good match for any age.

Dr. Dettloff will be sharing information with us from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3:30 p.m.  A general Q & A session and will be from 3:30-4:00 p.m.   Babies and young children are welcome to stay with their parents during that time, as are any children who are interested in hearing what Dr. Dettloff has to say.  We do ask that parents would take their children out to handle any disruption that would prevent others from hearing the speaker.

We want children who come to have a positive experience while they are here.  Since 2 1/2 hours is a long time to ask children to sit quietly, we will have swings, sidewalk chalk, and soccer balls available for outside play.  We will also have an indoor space with playdough, board games and drawing supplies available if it is very rainy or cold.  Since the children will be in an unfamiliar place with others they do not know well, it is important to us to have an adult or older teenager “on duty” to supervise.  Please let us know in advance how many children you are bringing so that we have adequate supervision available.  (If any of you have teens who are responsible and interested in helping, please let us know that too.)  Payment for the “playground supervisor” will be collected.  We hope to keep the cost to a minimum, and would expect it to be between $1.50 and $3 an hour per child.


I (Nathan) will prepare a simple lunch of chili, baked potato, & salad for our family.  You are welcome to join us.  (I will use the red meat chili recipe from Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon.)  To defray the cost of the food, lunch will be $6 per person.  Payment for lunch can be made in advance, or at the seminar.  Please let me know if I should include you for lunch, so there will be enough to go around.

It takes about a 10-minute drive to reach the nearest restaurants from our house.

Registration information:

Please provide the following for each attendee:

  • Name
  • City/State
  • Primary interest in attending
  • Age (child & youth only)
  • Child supervision needed?
  • Plans for chili lunch
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