Did You Know:
Brix is a measurement of solutes in a water solution—measured with a brix meter. Although the brix scale is based on the amount of sugar dissolved in water, brix is an indirect measurement of the amount of amino acids, proteins, flavonoids, minerals and other nutrients in food. Sugar is only one component of brix.
A 19th century German chemist named Professor A.F.W. Brix invented brix to measure grape juice and Dr. Carey Reams, a Florida soil scientist (agronomist) popularized the brixing of fruits and vegetables.
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High-Brix Garden Project
Madison Gardeners Raise Nutrient-Dense Food
Seeking to train Madison gardeners how to raise nutrient-dense, high-brix food, chapter member and farmer Richard Dolan will lead Madison gardeners in a garden test project.
April, 2007 - After a four-year search for organic soil nutrients that will produce nutrient-dense foods, Richard Dolan feels he has found three complementary products that optimize plant nutrition. To share this information with gardeners who are interested in nutrition, Richard has volunteered to lead a 2007 garden test project in Madison, Wisconsin.
The test revolves around a concept called brix that is both a system of measuring nutrient density in plant tissue and the name of a small hand-held optical instrument that is used to test the effect of soil amendments. The natural soil supplements are either applied directly to the soil or sprayed on the growing plant through a step known as foliar feeding.
The companies that have donated product for the garden project have discovered that their products work better when applied together than they do if they are used by themselves:
The application of minerals to improve soil and plant health is a direction that is opposite that of synthetic fertilizer manufacturers. For the past fifty years, synthetic fertilizer companies have convinced farmers that three minerals are sufficient for plant health: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). While these three minerals are needed for plant growth, plants need a large variety of minerals to thrive. In fact, all biological life needs a wide variety of minerals for vibrant health.
Richard deWilde, who owns Harmony Valley Farm, is one Madison-area farmer who understands what plants need. The brix values of Richard's foods are significantly higher than other growers in the area because he has been adding minerals such as kelp and sea solids to his soil for the past 20 years. In contrast to the three minerals present in commercial fertilizer, sea water contains 77 minerals.