The Plant & Soil Exchange
Dedicated to learning
We are a collection of people from many walks of life - home gardener, large-scale producer, market gardener, university researcher, agricultural extension agent, homesteader, agronomist, and so on. We want to grow hardy plants and build healthy soil.
Intentionally outside of social media.
This way we can focus on thoughtful posting of ideas and not simply sharing things from news feeds. This will also help to ensure longevity and consistency. We are not at the whim of changing designs and policies of social media sites.
The forum displays everything chronologically and can be customized to your own preferences. There is no algorithm deciding what it thinks you will want to see. You decide what you see.
Your data is in your control
I choose Stripe, MemberSpace, & Muut to build the platform because of their commitment to data privacy and data control. Check out their individual sites by clicking the logos on this page to learn more about them. They are all compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from the European Union.
There is a fee for access to this community*
This fee reflects the true cost of time to moderate and run the community, pay for software and hosting services, and eliminates the need to put advertising on the site or affiliate links in posts. This also allows us to stay at a manageable size. On free sites and social media sites the drive is for ever-growing numbers to help drive advertising revenue.
In addition to the forums we have weekly video conference calls to discuss whatever is most important on our farms or gardens at the time. I'll also be posting all of my written articles that go in Medium for members to view, download, and discuss.
* New members get a free one month trial. No charge is made to your credit card if you cancel within the trial.