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Mulch Hypothesis

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The many hundreds of loads of long-cut grass mulch we are hauling will last the rest of the summer under the trees, slowly breaking down with misty microsprinkler irrigation to feed the ‘shredders’ whose frass litters the soil surface then earthworm food, worms incorporating it deeper through macropores lubricated with their slime, roots intertwined with wormholes and decomposing grass parts shrouded by fungal threads a white net through the soil, connected to roots, the web of food and moisture retrieval weaving together Earth’s air, water, and soil. A rich mushroom smell wafts through the orchards as the trees grow green and strong. We are a mulch farm and fruit is our reward.

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