Rich, Healthy Soil with Volcanic Soil Amendments

Mount St Helens

On May 18, 1980, Washington’s Mount St. Helens erupted violently, sending volcanic ash into the atmosphere and depositing it in 11 U.S. states. It was difficult to imagine at the time that any signs of life could emerge from the surrounding landscape, which was covered with dark, gray ash and resembled the moon.

And yet, Nature’s regenerative abilities quickly took over. In some cases, agricultural farmlands that were downwind of the eruption saw long-term, beneficial effects as a result of the volcanic ash that was deposited on the soil.

How’s that?

Some of the richest, most fertile soil on the planet can be found near active volcanoes. Volcanic deposits release essential minerals and nutrients that are essential to plant growth and can result in increased agricultural yields.

This explains why people throughout civilization have been willing to settle near active (and potentially dangerous) volcanoes. For example, Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy has erupted more than 50 times and killed thousands of people since the eruption in 79 A.D. that buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Still, nearly 3 million people live in its vicinity and the area is intensively cultivated thanks to its rich, fertile soil.

So, while volcanoes cause great damage and destruction they also help with the long term replenishment of agricultural soils. This is essential for ensuring that the world’s rapidly expanding population is fed. By mimicking the slow process of the Earth’s own method for producing healthy soil, all natural volcanic soil amendments such as Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster can aid in the regeneration of soil and work to kick-start the biological processes required for optimal and sustainable plant growth—whether you are a commercial farmer, organic vintner or backyard gardener.


Cascade Mineral Products believes that healthy soil equals healthy plants, happy people and a healing planet. Made of all-natural volcanic basalt from Central Oregon, our all-natural Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster returns essential minerals to the soil for more vigorous plants that produce more nutritious food. Our product is OMRI Listed for organic production and is safe to use around pets and children when applied as directed.