About Docterre

Docterre is a soil life consulting and laboratory service based in Quebec, whose purpose is to assist in the regeneration of soil ecosystem services and functions across Canada and abroad. Docterre is an active contributor to the growing field of soil ecology and is a veteran of the soil food web community. 

We specialize in soil life microscopy, the production of the highest quality ecologically complete compost and inoculum, compost extracts and teas, the mechanical and living systems that accompany these technologies, as well as implementing personalized soil regeneration strategies.  

 

Since 2014, we have been serving Canadians as their trusted Soil Food Web reference and as Canada's first soil life lab and consultant.  We have been educating soil life consultants, other educators, farmers, agronomists, agroecologists and the public since 2015 in english and french. 

Docterre's approach is based a holistic view of understanding  the relationships between all elements in soil environments and the microbial mechanisms which manage the ecosystem services and functions of healthy soils ecosystems. Soil ecology is about interactions and balance between soil biota, soil physical and chemical properties, water, oxygen, and the plants, animals, and humans within a soil environment. We believe that the influence soil biology has on chemical and physical properties of the soil, on plant health and on overall ecosystem resilience and stability has been overlooked for too long. We combine soil food web science with other ecological principles to achieve our goals. We use this information to design the most personalized soil regeneration process, adapting this process as easily as possible to our customers' workflow. 

Our Approach

Our Clients

 

We have been fortunate to work with folks across many sectors, across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia, and abroad.

We have assisted cities and municipalities in transitioning their sport field and park management systems away from synthetic dependence and into closed looped regenerative practices. 

We have worked with waste management companies and compost producers and other product companies to improve the quality of their product and efficiency, as well as monitored the quality of their products in our lab.

We have educated and accompanied farmers from small scale market gardeners to large scale cash crop producers on their transition towards regenerative practices and in house compost and inoculum production, and away from high input synthetic based agriculture. 

 

We have worked with agronomists, landscape architects, landscapers and other consultants in the soil industry who wish to implement more ecological principles into their projects.

We have worked with golf courses and other private land based businesses.

We have worked with school teachers and community organizers who which to improve their understanding of soil ecology and regeneration. 

Our Partners in Agriculture

We are soil ecologists and compost masters, not farmers. We will never tell anyone how to farm, but we can really help when it comes to reviving soil ecosystems. So when we accompany farms on their transition towards regenerative soil practices, we come along with our team of farmer consultants and our collective farmer peer support group. We work in partnership with Agribio Systems, combining our skills in soil ecological regeneration with the experience of 6th generation farmers who have done the transition work themselves across 100 000 acres. 

In Quebec, consulting on arable lands must be done by an agronomist. Furthermore, we believe the future of regenerative agriculture lies in multidisciplinary collaboration. For these reasons, we work in partnership with accredited agronomist Christine Ouellette, founder of CarbOne Biodiversité. Together we offer a soil restoration service on Quebecois farms, using agronomic approaches combined with our specialization in applied soil ecosystem regeneration.

The importance of living soils?
For an introduction to living soils, check out this presentation given by Docterre founder Vivian Kaloxilos at the inaugaral Living Soils Symposium in Montréal, hosted by Regeneration Canada.

33 Rue Main

North Hatley, QC

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