Soil and Health Magazine

This magazine set the subsequent tone of the organic farming and gardening movement; the promotion of Sir Albert Howard’s philosophy was amplified in Rodale’s Organic Gardening magazine in the United States. Soil and Health was edited by Sir Albert Howard from its first issue, February, 1946 until the spring, 1948 issue. Available here are the first nine issues of this highly influencial periodical. Anyone possessing issues after spring, 1948 are requested to contact the librarian, who would wish to borrow and/or purchase them.


  • Soil and Health Magazine: _Memorial Issue ..... Spring, 1948

    PART I
    THE LIFE AND WORK OF SIR ALBERT HOWARD     3
         by Louise E. Howard

    PART II
    FOREWORD by H. Martin-Leake, Sc.D. (Cantab)     25


    TRIBUTES FROM FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS

        India
              James Insch      27
              E. Fairlie Watson, O.B.E.     29
              Yeshwant D. Wad      30

         Great Britain
              F. Newman Turner     32
              O.G. S. Croft, J.P.     36
              F.C. King     39
              Basil Ridley     42
              Roy Bridger     43
              W. York Moore     46

         Medicine and Dentistry
              LionelJ. Picton, O.B.E., M.A., B.M., B.Ch. (Oxon),
                   M.R.C.S.,L.R.C.P.      47
              A.G. Badenoch, M.D., D.P.H.     52
         E. Brodie Carpenter, L.D.S., R.C.S.Eng.     56

         United States of America
              J.I. Rodale     57

         South Africa and Rhodesia
              J.M. Moubray, O.B.E.     59
              G.C. Dymond, A.R.I.C.     62
              J.P. J. van Vuren     66

         New Zealand
              D.M. Robinson     69

         Central America — El Salvador
              EugenioArauio     72

         Malaya
              J.W. Scharff, M.D., D.P.H.     75

         Town Wastes
              C.B. Townend, B.Sc, M.Inst. C.E., Engineer-in-Charge
              W.T. Lockett, Chief Chemist, Mogden Purification Works,
                   Isleworth, Middlesex 78

    POSTSCRIPT      80

  • Soil and Health Magazine: Vol. I, No. 1 ..... February, 1946

    Editorial; The Progress of the Pioneers;
    Posing Questions To Nature;
    The Soil’s Response to Compost;
    Our Neglected Wastes;
    Our Murdered Bread;
    Letters to the Editor;
    Review.

  • Soil and Health Magazine: Vol. I, No. 2 ..... Summer, 1946

    THE PURPOSE OF DISEASE      67

    RESTORING LIFE TO A DEAD FARM     69

    THE NATURE OF HEALTH AND DISEASE IN PLANTS     71

    THE HARVEST OF THE SEA     76
         How the harvest can be improved—Howthe harvest can be ruined.

    EARTHWORM FARMING     83
         Earthworm farming in Great Britain—Coldlight: an earthworm problem from South Africa.

    THE PROGRESS OF THE PIONEERS     89
         Compost and labour saving—Asanitation problem: the sequel.

    FROM INSURANCE CLERK TO CROFTER     97
         I. Back to the land.

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR     102
         A neglected study—Preventionof dental troubles — Sanitasbrod — Earthworms and basicslag — The Poore earth closet—Compost-raised seed.

    REVIEWS     108
         Nutrition and physical degeneration—Chemicals,humus and the soil.

    THE INDORE PROCESS OF COMPOSTING     116
         Composting in large gardens—Compostingin small gardens —Composting on the farm.

     

  • Soil and Health Magazine: Vol. I, No. 3 ..... Autumn, 1946

    QUALITY IN COMPOST     131

    BREAD AT SEA     133
         Fresh ground wholewheat for theNavy.

    GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT     141

    THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY     147

    THE MARCH OF COMPOST     156
         The case for composting: an author’sview—Should we bury compost?—
         Composting on allotments—Drieddigested sewage sludge—
         The pail closet or bucket latrine—Acompost film—Composting in Hampshire.

    FROM INSURANCE CLERK TO CROFTER     162
         II. The compost campaign.

    THE NATURE OF HEALTH OR DISEASE IN PLANTS     167

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR     172
         Victory over eelworm—Tomatoleaf mould and compost—
         Compost in India—The dangersof devil’s dust—
         Darwin on humus and the earthworm—Organicgardening on a sandbar—
         The Poore earth closet—Agriculturalreconstruction in Germany—
         Chemicals, humus and the soil.

    REVIEWS     181
         Organic farming without devil’sdust—South Africa: pioneer in natural farming.

     

  • Soil and Health Magazine: Vol. I, No. 4 ..... Winter, 1946

    THE NITROGEN PROBLEM     195

    THE COMPOST MOVEMENT IN NEW ZEALAND     197
         The New Zealand Compost Society—
         Impressions of New Zealand’ Agriculture.

    A COMPOST SOCIETY IS BORN     201

    HARNESSING THE EARTHWORM     203

    CLOCHES IN THE GARDEN     206

    THE UTILIZATION OF WATER HYACINTH IN BENGAL     209

    IS DIGGING NECESSARY?     211
         Compost, sawdust, and no digging—
         The need for digging— To digor not to dig?—
         This digging question.

    THE TWO STANDARDS     215

    A FARMING CAMP SCHOOL     217

    FROM INSURANCE CLERK TO CROFTER     220
         III. The compost campaign continued.

    PLANT NUTRITION AND SCIENCE     225

    POINTERS FROM THE RESEARCH STATIONS     232
         Soil bacteria: some newly discoveredbenefits—
         Beginning at the wrong end—Somerecent results.

    GRIND YOUR OWN BREAKFAST     236

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR     238
         The whole wheat road to health—Flavourshops—
         The verdict of the grazing animal—Subsoilingestablished hops—
         Sweet clover — The role ofthe root nodule —
         Composting with sawdust—Organicfarming in Ulster—
         Victor Hugo on waste—A modernearth closet.

    REVIEW     246
         The cure and prevention of cancer.

     

  • Soil and Health Magazine: Vol. II, No. 1 ..... Spring, 1947

    THE COMPOST YEAR BOOK     2

    THE WORK OF THE SOIL POPULATION     3

    ORGANIC FRUIT GROWING     5

    HARNESSING THE EARTHWORM     10

    ACTIVATED AND DIGESTED SEWAGE SLUDGE IN
         AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE      13

    DANGER AHEAD FOR BEET GROWERS      26

    THE EVOLUTION OF COMPOSTING IN
         CENTRAL AMERICA     29

    AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE IN A MODERN
         SECONDARY SCHOOL     33

    COMPOST MAKING AT TRAINING CENTRES     36
         Campion House, Osterley—A MissionaryCollege in Eire.

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR     38
         A view on the establishment of anAgricultural College in Kent—
         A Scottish compost garden—Morefarmyard manure essential—
         How to conquer a clay soil—Howto avoid bucket feeding in the dairy—
         Night-soil in sandy ground—Wheatmeal porridge—
         Murdered bread in the eighteenthcentury.

    REVIEWS     47
         A Revolution in Medical Thought—TheEarth’s Green Carpet.

     

  • Soil and Health Magazine: Vol. II, No. 2 ..... Summer, 1947

    THE LEGUMINOUS CROP     67

    ORANGES AND HUMUS     69

    DRIED ACTIVATED AND DIGESTED SEWAGE SLUDGE
         IN AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE     71

    MUNICIPAL COMPOSTING IN NEW ZEALAND     79

    HARNESSING THE RHINOCERUS BEETLE     82

    DISEASE RESISTANCE IN LIVE STOCK     84

    DISTEMPER IN DOGS     86

    HOW OUR BREAD IS MURDERED     90

    FARM PRACTICES INFLUENCING THE INCIDENCE OF
         MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS     93

    OUTDOOR TOMATOES     98

    HILL FARMING IN THE ORIENT     100

    FROM INSURANCE CLERK TO CROFTER     104
         IV. A place of our own.

    THE LIVING PHAROAHS     108

    THE INDORE PROCESS ON A COMMERCIAL SCALE IN
         EL SALVADOR     109

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR     111
         Agriculture must be No. 1 priority—Makinga desert into a garden—
         How to avoid colds and influenza—Breadat sea— A future flavour shop.

    REVIEW     116
         The conquest of tuberculosis.

     

  • Soil and Health Magazine: Vol. II, No. 3 ..... Autumn, 1947

    THE ANIMAL AS OUR FARMING PARTNER     131

    BIO-CHEMISTRY EXPLAINS DISEASE RESISTANCE     133

    THE PREVENTION OF POTATO BLIGHT     135

    THE TREATMENT OF SWALEDALE SHEEP BY NATURAL
         METHODS     138
         by Juliette Barclai d’Levy

    THE CAUSE AND MEASURE OF MODERN DEGENERATION     143
         Weston A. Price

    NUTRITION AND DENTAL HEALTH     147
         How to avoid a famine of quality—Eskimodentition.

    THE HARVEST PROBLEM IN GREAT BRITAIN     155
         Combines versus tripods.

    A COMPOST CROFT IN THE MAKING     158
         I. First Crops.

    OATMEAL AS THE STAPLE DIET OF WALES     164

    THE WASTE PRODUCTS OF THE CANE -SUGAR
         INDUSTRY     168

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR     174
         How composting should be demonstrated—
         Magic dust and the compost campaign—Muckor magic?—
         Nutrition and dental health—Wheatgerm in medical practice—
         New wives for old.

    REVIEW     180
         The coming revolution in nutrition.

     

  • Soil and Health Magazine: Vol. II, No. 4 ..... Winter, 1947

    THE WORKER AND HIS FOOD     197

    LABOUR IN AFRICA     199
         The inefficiency of African nativelabour:
          the cause and’ the remedy—Labourand’ the soil.

    DIET ON THE NORTH-WEST FRONTIER OF INDIA     206

    OUR DAILY BREAD     209

    THE PRODUCER CONSUMER WHOLE FOOD SOCIETY     215

    THE PROGRESS OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IN THE U.S.A.      219

    MUNICIPAL COMPOSTING IN NEW ZEALAND     220
         The progress of the campaign—
         The Dannevirke scheme for the utilizationof organic wastes.

    AN INFORMED CRITICISM OF THE IMPERIAL GROUND
         NUT SCHEME.     226

    POULTRY FERTILITY     228

    WOOL PRODUCTION IN NEW SOUTH WALES     229

    A COMPOST CROFT IN THE MAKING     231
         II. First live stock.

    STERILIZING SOIL AND BURNING DISEASED MATERIAL     236

    THE BACKGROUND OF AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY     239

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR     244
         Devil’s dust destroys quality —The salvage of famished sheep—
         Muck or magic?—Mustard and cress.

     

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