Who We Are
Pachaterrae is an Alberta research company that provides soil health services directly to the producer. Our main services are:
Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) Measurement: Large scale scientific measurement of SOC in the producer’s soil. We are launching the largest ranch- and pastureland SOC measurement project ever, in 2019.
Nutrient and Biome Analysis: Measurement of nutrient levels, soil biology and the relationships to SOC.
Research and Consultation: We conduct research with the large scale data and interpret our findings as they relate to land management practices.
Information Management Tools: The research and analysis are delivered at farm scale to you as a functional management tool, and can be updated regularly.
Carbon Offset Aggregation: We are developing carbon offset protocols that will allow producers on both ranchland and farmland to generate and sell offsets, and will aggregate the carbon offsets on their behalf.
Our Unique Approach
Pachaterrae’s approach and services are unique in a few ways:
Collaboration: Because soil health is very important to everyone, we believe in broad collaboration with all stakeholders including the producer, industry associations, government and research institutions. Through ongoing consultation we have already secured resounding support of many different experts, policy makers and associations.
Holistic Land Management: Our research and service do not focus on one aspect or management practice only. Although we work primarily with SOC as the key indicator, we look holistically at its relation to all relevant factors, including nutrition, biology and all management practices.
Grassroots: It is important to maintain regular communication with the producer as our main customer, not only to distribute new scientific findings, but also to hear what questions and needs you have.
Science, Measurement and Research: We base our service on actual measurement, the latest science and research available. In many cases, we will do the research ourselves. For example, we plan to use actual measurement based offset protocols rather than purely model based ones.
Aggregation is a function of our Soil Health Service, and not the other way around. Although aggregation is a very important part of our business model, we are not only an aggregator. Our primary service is to help producers restore soil health, and the offsets generated from that is a welcome benefit.
Land Practice Agnostic: Because the offset protocols we are developing will rely on actual measurement of SOC, the offsets will not be dependent on any single practice, as is the case for example with the “no till” offset protocol. This will allow us to give direct and scientific feedback to the producer on the success of your SOC accrual, and will be able to correlate this to a multitude of management practices.
Pachaterrae offers unique agronomic consulting to producers. Our service focuses on regenerative agriculture, soil health and increasing soil organic carbon (SOC). We take a science-based regenerative approach to help farmers and ranchers reduce input costs, increase yield, quality of their products and their soil organic carbon. The increased SOC can qualify as carbon credits to be sold on the carbon market.
Who will benefit from our Consulting?
Pachaterrae’s consulting service is designed for producers who want to increase:
• soil health and soil microbiology;
• the SOC in their land;
• revenue from SOC offset credits;
• regenerative land management practices and reduce input cost;
• overall production, crop and animal health, product quality; and
• water holding capacity of the land.
How is the Consulting Service Unique?
The consulting will be tailored to the individual farm or ranch needs and we work with you to create a unique management plan to reach your desired outcome. Pachaterrae will also do ongoing scientific research and data analysis to remain at the forefront of soil science and to share this knowledge with the producer. Since we will be in a unique position to analyze vast amounts of soil data from different producers and across different regenerative land management practices, we will create a community among producers where they will not only benefit from the direct consulting, but also from the knowledge shared among peers.
Measuring and Selling Carbon Offsets
We partner with farmers and ranchers across the country to measure SOC, track and validate soil improvements, re-measure the soil and then sell the sequestered carbon into the carbon market as offsets. Eligible producers may join the program with no up-front costs and the producer receives 70% of the offset revenue. Initial results, including the stratification maps, are shared with the producer as a practical management tool.
We are developing a machine learning platform as a data-management tool, record-keeping system, and means of predicting future outcomes all in one. Use it to record crop and grazing information, weed, pest and other challenges as well as the results of soil and other tests. Combine that info with real-time weather data (temperature, rainfall, snow melt, etc), and predict potential challenges such as nitrogen deficiency, water or heat stress, as well as inform decisions such as when rangeland is ready for grazing. We plan to have the PachaGrid MVP available towards the end of 2019 and it will be a critical tool to both Pachaterrae and the producer in optimizing the results of our consulting service.
Dr. Kris Nichols, Pachaterrae lead scientist and former lead scientist at Rodale Institute is available to speak at your conference.
Presentations will be tailored to fit your needs. However, sample topics include:
• The carbon problem – carbon deficient soils
• Building soil resilience
• Climate change and developing a carbon negative economy
• Links between soil health and human health
• Similarities between soil and gut microbiomes
• Water use efficiency and water quality
Dr. Nichols approach is to build soil health using regenerative agriculture and biological methods to reduce pest issues, soil erosion, fuel use, and greenhouse gas emissions. Her research has focused on the impacts of cropping and grazing systems on soil microbiology, nutrient cycling, and soil aggregation to improve soil health and water quality.
With our team of researchers and scientists we are happy to design a specialized workshop to include a combination of lectures, Q&A’s, videos, and demonstrations. Sample topics are:
Basic Soil Science – Soil Biological Foundation (2 hours) Discuss soil genesis and physical and biological processes from a biological foundation. We will summarize the relevance of soil organic matter, fertility, and porosity in regenerative systems.
Regenerating Soils with Soil Biology (4 hours) Soil biological activity is key to regenerative processes. We will describe the types and roles of different microbial communities.
Principles and Production Practices to Regenerate Soils (6 hours) The soil regeneration principles are universal while the tools vary across systems. This session will highlight the particular tools relevant to you.
Linkages between Soil Health and Human Health (3 hours) Does how we grow our food change food quality? We go beyond looking at a reduction in pesticides to also discuss the importance of macro- and micro-nutrients as well as proteins, amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, polyphenolics, fatty acids, and other vitality important biomolecules.
Linkages between Soil Health and Planetary Health (3 hours) Clean air and clean water are reliant upon healthy soil to act as a natural filter. Healthy soils also reduce greenhouse gas levels by storing carbon and carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions.
Similarities between the Soil Microbiome and the Gut Microbiome (2 hours) Humans contain more microbial cells than human cells. The principles that support a healthy gut microbiome are similar to those that support a healthy soil.
Connecting Soil Regeneration to the Agricultural Industry – Growing Regenerative Agriculture and Feeding the World (3 hours) The new consumer is a millennial who is demanding nutrient dense food produced using management practices that are ecologically and environmentally sustainable. What role can industry play in satisfying these new demands, and how can consumers, farmers, and industry work together to regenerate the environment and feed the world?
Contact us to build your own customized workshop
2019 Rate Sheet
Consulting Time Cost (plus GST)
Per hour, on-site $150 plus travel
Per hour, off-site $125
Per day (one) $1000 plus travel
Per day (multiple) $800 plus travel