Consulting & Soil Testing Services

We’re available to talk with you on the phone or via email  to see how we can help you reach your goals. Please contact us using the form below for more information or to get a quote for on site consultation or other services like soil biology consulting, or soil chemistry test interpretation. We work with growers ranging from large acreage to market gardeners to home vegetable gardeners.

Assessment of Soil, Compost, Aerated Compost Tea & Compost Extract Biology

We do microscope assessments of biology to determine the Fungal to Bacteria (F:B) ratio in your material, fungal & bacteria mass, protozoa & nematode counts. Our report also includes photos and assessment of the quality of the material. We charge $75 per sample for the full report. For a quick assessment that does not include a count or a detailed report, we charge $30 per sample. You can see an example of quick assessments here and an Example of Detailed Biology Report here. For compost tea and compost extract testing please use overnight shipping and coordinate with us prior to shipping so we can process your sample immediately. See the instructions below to take your liquid sample and package it properly for shipping. Compost to be assessed is sampled differently from soil, please contact us for directions for sampling your compost.

Biological Sampling Instructions

Biology Assessment Submission Form

You can submit a check with your payment or prepay on-line. Click here to pre-pay for testing.

Soil Chemistry Report Analysis

We use Logan Labs for our clients and provide an analysis for each sample. We recommend you contact us prior to ordering a soil chemistry report so we can advise you on how many samples to take and what tests to perform. Please contact us via the form below to get started. Our fee is $25 per sample analyzed.

Soil Chemistry Testing Sampling Instructions

Pay for your Soil Chemistry Analysis

Soil Food Web (SFW) Consulting

Barking Cat Farm offers SFW services to help you understand the current state of your soil in terms of the types and diversity of micro-organisms, the relative amounts of organic matter, and the overall health of your soil. Please contact us for pricing for soil testing. We offer the following services:

  • Training how to brew compost tea or make compost extract
  • Training how to set up a compost tea or extraction system, sprayer system
  • Training how to use a microscope to evaluate biology
  • Taking soil samples for both biological and chemical analysis or giving you instructions on sampling
  • Interpreting the results of a chemical soil analysis, we use Logan Labs.
  • Evaluating your soil under the microscope with either with a full analysis that includes F:B ratio, bacteria & fungal mass, counts of nematodes & protozoa  or a general evaluation
  • Designing & producing custom composts and compost teas to match your needs
  • Brew and apply custom compost teas or extracts

Small Farm and Gardening Consulting

We can help you work smarter and obtain better results on your small farm or in your garden by

  • Evaluating your current site
  • Developing a crop rotation plan
  • Coaching you on equipment purchases
  • Advising you on new enterprises

Soil Testing/Consulting Inquiry