Fuller’s farm is full of production-scale experiments. He’s fine-tuning carbon-to-nitrogen ratios to match the next crop. While biological testing helps him build better mixes, he still plays with diversity to mimic Mother Nature.

But there isn’t much research to help guide farmers. Clapperton and Fuller collaborate on cover and companion crop experiments to address the void left unfilled by traditional research institutions.

Fuller shares his failures, which he admits have far outnumbered his successes. “These are learning opportunities. I look forward every morning to seeing what’s come up today. What’s failed today? It’s a lot of fun,” he says. “I’m going into places where there’s not a book.”