Why Cterra

Cterra is here to solve the problem of underperforming crops, increased crop failures, and the loss of insects and birds by using natural technologies including compost, engineered soils, and soil amendments rather than the expensive fertilizers and pesticides linked to these issues farmers are experiencing. As an added benefit, Cterra products increase the nutritional density of the fruits and vegetables grown in our soils thereby increasing the health and resiliency of the people and animals that consume them.

Cterra believes over-fertilization will not correct the lack of organic mass in depleted soils and plants will eventually lose much of their natural resistance to pests, parasites and diseases. Florida soils are a good example, they are often only composed of 2% organic matter, when it should be minimally 5%. Applying our composted and engineered soil blends we not only address that problem but also, simultaneously re-inoculate agricultural land with the correct Biome (soil based organisms) and our stacked micro-mineralization solutions. Without a minimally active Biome, plant nutrients and fertilizers will not be effectively be transported within a soil matrix to the roots, creating loss through run off instead making them expensive and less effective than compost and engineered soils.

The Cterra Mission: The Company specializes in organic repurposing of select, clean biomass via composting into high grade, organic soil composts and blends to assist the agricultural community in not only re-building their soils but in bringing back natural plant resistance, plant health and quality yields. In doing so, fertilizer- and water consumption goes down but not at the cost of productivity. This revitalization is cumulative and will provide the farmer/operator with increased ROI long beyond a few subsequent harvests and seasons.

A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent.

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century. Much of these deaths are linked to the use of agricultural pesticides and their run off.

The top meter of the world’s soils contains three times as much carbon as the entire atmosphere, making it a major carbon sink alongside forests and oceans.133bn tones of carbon, or 8% of total global soil carbon stocks, may have been lost from the top two meters of the world’s soil since the dawn of agriculture. This rate of loss has increased dramatically since the industrial revolution.

Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of chemical and plow-based agriculture continue to degrade the soil, all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years – United Nations FAO

From now until 2060, we’re going to have to produce as much food as we have in the last 500 years.” – Jerry Hatfield