The world is an amazing place, and one of the entryways to amazement is through farming. The process of growing plants and raising animals alone can provide endless wonder. When you try to understand the surrounding ecosystem and work with it instead of against it, as those in sustainable agriculture do, even more surprises await every day.
I was struck with amazement recently by learning about the beneficial role of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in the soil. As I was inviting David Douds to present at the 2012 Southern SAWG Conference, I read about his studies on AM fungi at the Rodale Institute.