Scientist in the garden

Do you want more flowers, more tasty vegetables and better health, with less work and more pleasure?


Citizen soil scientist Jim Karnofski will present a program on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda in Manzanita.  The talk is entitled “Your Soil: The Basis of Health.”



Jim, citizen scientist, RN (retired) and educator, will discuss advanced regenerative agricultural methods everybody can use either as a grower or a consumer. The focus will be on soil mineral balancing, the use of biochar and the resulting food nutrient density measured in Brix. Sustainable biochar converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer. You will be able to experience the use of Brix Refractometry in measurement of vegetable quality.


From Ilwaco, Jim knows about coastal growing conditions and the struggle we have in maintaining soil fertility. With these new techniques the soil gains and keeps a high level of fertility. The soil biota and resulting plant life live up to their genetic potential. Well-fed plants grown in this uber fertile soil do not attract disease, require no pesticides, and are able to pass on their superior quality to the people who eat them. Jim gets over-the-top quality fruits and vegetables with his scientific approach to soil amendment application. He promises once you hear about it, you won’t go back!


Bagged #40 “Biocharm Farms Ideal Soil,” 4 gallon bags of “Biochar,” and Brix Refractometers with manuals will be available in limited quantity for purchase.


This free program is sponsored by the Nehalem Bay Garden Club.  It is open to all and is highly recommended for consumers as well as growers. The Garden Club is now in its 67th year.  Its mission is garden related education, fun and community service. It funds numerous local grants through its plant sale in early May.