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The Soil Stewardship Program

The Docterre Soil Stewardship Program provides soil ecology education for agricultural producers alongside accompaniment in the practical application of these methods.

The program also includes soil ecology analysis, providing the scientific data needed to understand and monitor the soil regeneration process.

 

Agricultural producers, aka soil stewards, who embark on this program gain the soil management skills necessary to steward their soils independently of external expertise. They are part of a growing community of farmers leading the way in regenerative agriculture, proudly supported by our team of soil ecologists.

Phase 1: Diagnosis

The Soil Steward Program begins with a thorough analysis and diagnosis of the health of your soils.

This process involves:

 

  • Ecological Profile Analyses provided by the Docterre laboratory

  • Needs assessment meeting: A thorough discussion of the soil stewards experiences and goals.

  • Interpretation of any chemistry data available

  • Field visit: Onsite observations by a Docterre soil ecologist on the soil, land structure, land management history, water analysis, compost analysis (if applicable) and existing farm equipment compatibility with biology.

  • Diagnosis meeting: Delivery of the diagnosis of soil health and contributing factors. Define the scope work and intervention required along kinds of investments that will be needed moving forward.

  • Delivery of cost estimate of the first year of accompaniment with Docterre

 

By the end of the diagnosis process, stewards have a deep understanding of the state of their soils that prepares them to embark with confidence on the process of a soil regeneration.

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Phase 2: Education & Accompaniment (Year 1-2)

Docterre specialists accompany soil stewards in the development of a soil regeneration plan that meets their needs, budget, and capacity. The soil steward is in control at all stages in this process, supported by Docterre’s team in decision making, data collection and monitoring.

The accompaniment plan involves a combination of some or all of the following components:

 

  • In-depth education (online or in person) on soil ecology principles and their application

  • Implementation of a trial phase

  • Adjusting soil management practices (tilling, seeding, spraying)

  • Equipment building, modification, or sourcing

  • Maintenance plan and schedule

  • Compost correction and/or inoculum sourcing

  • Cover crop strategy development

  • Continued soil monitoring

 

Equipped with a greater understanding of soil ecology, soil stewards are empowered to make the decisions on what strategies they apply to ameliorate their soil, with the expertise of Docterre available to them as needed.

Phase 3: Ongoing Accompaniment (Years 3-5)

At this phase, steward implement the maintenance of their soil regeneration plan with ongoing accompaniment as needed.

Though this phase is equally crucial in the overall soil transition, it is usually less labour and cost intensive than the first 1-2 years.

 

By the end of this phase, stewards are confident in their regenerative soil management practices, and their soils are healthy, balanced, and full of life!

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Pricing

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Phase 1

Diagnosis

Includes:

  • Up to 6 preliminary analyses, as needed ($900 value)

  • Pre-diagnostic consultation meeting ($300 value)

  • Site visit ($ 1500-2000 value)

  • Data interpretation and synthesis ($1200 value)

  • Detailed diagnostic meeting ($300 value)

 

Diagnosis can begin upon a deposit of $1000. Remaining payment must be received before the diagnosis meeting.

$3500

Travel costs not included for sites located > 200km from Sherbrooke, QC*

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Phase 2

Education & Accompaniment

Estimate delivered upon completion of step 1, according to client goals and budget

This budget is based on accompaniment  rates of $150/hour + travel costs*

 

Clients are billed in installments during the season for work as it is completed.

These prices do not include outside equipment investments or material costs that may be required in the process.

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Phase 3

Ongoing Accompaniment

Years 3-5

Work identified on an as-need basis, according to the goals laid out in years 1 and 2, and according to fluctuating environmental and business demands.

Clients are billed in installments during the season for work as it is completed.

 

Most soil transitions can be completed within 5 years or less. Farmers and personnel are trained to maintain the health of their soils once the transition is complete. Docterre is available as needed for continued support and check ups that tend to take much less time and investment once the transition is complete.

$4000 to 20 000 / year
$4000 to 10 000 / year
Years 1-2

* Travel rates:

Mileage: $ 0.58/km

Gas: market rate

Travel time: $75.00/hour

Per diem for multi day consultations: $75/day