703: Justin “Jules” Giuliano on Earth Friendly Potting Soil.
Educating about soil and planetary health with peat free planting mix.
In This Podcast:
Justin “Jules” Giuliano may be a relative newcomer to the garden, but his love of the outdoors and his willingness to make mistakes have grown into a lifelong passion for the soil. Combining that passion with his roots in education, he is a natural advocate for keeping our soils healthy. Jules inspires us to carefully consider what we put into the soil… and what we take out. Even his language is infused with his love of gardening!
Justin “Jules” Giuliano is an organic farmer and educator with a background in vermicompost and natural farming. He is the lead soil researcher at Rosy Soil, a potting soil company based in Georgia. Prior to joining Rosy, Jules managed an urban farm in Atlanta, studied regenerative agriculture at the Rodale Institute and won a Cannabis Cup for his organic cannabis cultivation. In addition to Rosy, Jules manages the Tik Tok handle @SmokeYrGreens with over 250k followers where he educates his community about plant, soil, and planetary health.
Listen in and learn about:
- Making a career change and teaching kids to garden
- Flipping vacant lots into rich, vermicomposted soil
- Going from veggies to cannabis
- Moving from Chicago to Georgia
- From education to production farming
- Experimenting at Rosy Soil
- The components of healthy soil
- Peat moss – what it is, where it comes from, what it’s used for
- Harms caused by peat moss
- Alternatives to peat in potting soil
- Sinking carbon into biochar through the process of pyrolysis
- “Permanent housing for microbes”
As well as:
His failure – Not trusting his gut
His success – His decision to move into farming
His drive – A love for the sun and a love for education
His advice – “Just keep going.”
Jules’ Book recommendation:
Teaming with Microbes; the Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis
How to reach Jules:
Tik Tok: @smokeyrgreens
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