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Compiled by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

Soil & Fertility Management

Books and Publications
  • Fertile Soil: A Grower’s Guide to Organic & Inorganic Fertilizers, by Robert Parnes
  • Organic Soil Amendments and Fertilizers, by David E. Chaney and Laurie E. Drinkwater; University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program publication; to order, call 1-800-994-8849, email danrcs@ucdavis.edu or visit the UC SARE Publications web site
  • Building Soils for Better Crops, by Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es, Sustainable Agriculture Network
  • Soil Biology Primer, by E.R. Ingham, A.R. Moldenke, and C. Edwards; to order call 1-800-THE-SOIL, or e-mail pubs@swcs.org
  • On-Farm Composting Handbook, edited by Robert Rynk, Cornell University; to order call 607-255-7654, or e-mail the NRAES
  • The Soul of Soil: a Soil-Building Guide for Master Gardeners and Farmers, by Grace Gershuny and Joseph Smillie
  • The Rodale Book of Composting, by Deborah L. Martin and Grace Gershuny
  • Managing Cover Crops Profitably, by the Sustainable Agriculture Network
Cover Crop Seeds
  • Adams-Briscoe Seed Co., Inc
    770-775-7826; Jackson, GA
    cover crop seeds
  • Brown’s Farm Service
    919-732-2746; Rougemont, NC
    cover crop seeds and general supplies
  • Country Farm and Home Supply, Inc.
    919-542-3353; Pittsboro, NC
    general supplies, equipment, rentals, organic soil amendments including bulk feather meal and worm castings, organic feed and cover crop seed
  • McBane Farm and Fertilizer
    336-376-3651; Snow Camp, NC
    fertilizers, cover crop seed
  • Southern States
    919-942-3857; Carrboro, NC
    general supplies and cover crop seeds
Fertilizers and Amendments
  • Batman Wildlife Damage Control
    800-437-1375; Laurinburg, NC
    bat guano
  • Blount Fertilizer and Feed
    800-682-8505; Bethel, NC
    certified organic fertilizers, amendments, and animal feed; bagged poultry feed (non-medicated, no animal by-products); will do custom blends
  • Brooks Contractor
    919-837-5914, or email amy@brookscontractor.com; Goldston, NC
    compost and soil mixes
  • Brown’s FIsh Fertilizer
    800-722-9477; Andrews, NC
    OMRI-approved fish emulsion fertilizer for organic production
  • Coors Farm Supply
    1-919-934-4573; Smithfield, NC
    irrigation supplies, fertilizers, greenhouses, cold frames, growing trays and containers, soilless potting mixes, plastic mulch, shade cloth, Reemay, and more
  • Country Farm and Home Supply, Inc.
    919-542-3353; Pittsboro, NC
    general supplies, equipment, rentals, organic soil amendments including bulk feather meal and worm castings, organic feed and cover crop seed
  • Countryside Natural Products
    888-699-7088; Fishersville, VA
    certified organic fertilizers, soil amendments, pesticides; certified organic livestock and poultry feed
  • Fifth Season Gardening
    919-932-7600 or 866-544-4358; Carrboro, NC
    organic potting media, organic fertilizers, hydroponic supplies
  • Hogan’s Magnolia View Farm
    919-942-6090: Chapel Hill, NC
    organic humified compost that meets the National Organic Production Standards of compost and is under review by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for a Certified Organic label. This compost is a high quality soil amendment, produced according to the Advanced Composting System (ACS) developed by Midwest Bio-Systems
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds
    877-564-6697; Winslow, ME
    seeds and general supplies for vegetable, herb, and cut flower production
  • McBane Farm and Fertilizer
    336-376-3651; Snow Camp, NC
    fertilizers, cover crop seed
  • McGill Compost
    910-532-2539 or email lbflynn@mcgillcompost.com; Harrells, NC
    compost
  • Nature Safe
    800-252-4727; Cold Spring, KY
    certified organic fertilizers
  • New Soil Vermiculture
    919-237-2219; Durham, NC
    earthworms, vermicompost, compost & worm bins, consulting
  • Nutri-Max, Inc.
    336-282-3880; Laurinburg, NC
    bulk feathermeal and bonemeal
  • Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
    888-784-1722; Grass Valley, CA
    row covers, pest management, tools, propagation supplies, etc.
  • Sanford Mulch, Inc.
    919-718-0761; Sanford, NC
    McGill compost, topsoil, mulches
  • Seven Springs Farm Supply
    540-650-3554, 800-540-9181; Check, VA
    organic soil amendments, fertilizers, pest management, row covers, growing mixes, and more
  • Southern States
    919-742-2128; Siler City, NC
    general supplies, equipment, seeds
  • Vermicycle Organics
    336-244-4319 or 336-918-1786; Advance, NC
    vermicompost, worm castings, and worms; bulk and bagged product available; can deliver to Pittsboro area
  • Wyatt-Quarles Seed Co.
    919-772-4243; Garner, NC
    soilless growing mixes, containers and inserts, organic fertilizers, greenhouse plastic films

This document is a partial list of resources for growers and does not imply endorsement by North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, or North Carolina Cooperative Extension of any of the companies, products, or organizations listed.

Written By

Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production Call Debbie Email Debbie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Page Last Updated: 6 years ago
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