Building Healthy Soil Communities with Bioactive Compost

Join the BEAM TEAM supports the research of NMSU microbiologist David C. Johnson, a microbiologist at NMSU and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research, who began seven years ago to investigate compost, seeking to understand its most essential attributes. His discovery that microbial diversity and density are the primary factors in healthy soil and effective carbon sequestration, led David and his wife, Hui Chen, to developed a no-turn composting bio-reactor that makes fungi-rich compost that can be used as a soil and seed inoculant. Results of using BEAM (Bioactive Environmental Agricultural Management.) on test plots and farms have surpassed all conventional expectations for both soil productivity and J carbon…

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Anne Jacopetti

Anne is a retired Waldorf teacher and educator and author of "What Are We Going to Learn Today?", a memoir and inquiry that stresses among other basics the importance of the natural world and wilderness is the development of healthy children. Anne is on the steering committee of 350 Sonoma and started a Regenerative Agriculture group several years ago after attending the Soil Not Oil conference in Richmond. A devoted learner, she is excited to share what she is learning about soil, life and our place in this biosphere.   2017 Workshop: Building Healthy Soil Communities with Bioactive Compost

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Compost Strategies for Different Circumstances and Materials

Joe will discuss different organic waste processing techniques (hot vs cold compost, vermiculture, bokashi, biochar, anaerobic digestion, hugelkultur, mushroom cultivation). He will address the pros and cons for each method, the ideal circumstances, and the specific techniques for each style. There will also be a small-scale Biochar oven and live Bokashi inoculant. A skills-oriented talk about different composting methods, and which methods to use for specific results. At the heart of Permaculture is a goal to foster both social and ecological communities. One of the most important communities for regenerative agriculture is a thriving soil ecosystem. Each method of composting creates a different flair of soil amendment for regenerating a slough…

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Joe Anderson

Joseph Anderson works with supporting community scale agriculture education. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in Sustainable Development, and has been working in sustainable land management for 3 years. He got his Permaculture Design Certificate from PRI Jordan with Geoff Lawton, and currently works with Seattle Young People's Project to establish a thriving community farm to empower youth and POC to engage in sustainable agriculture.   2017 Workshop: Compost Strategies for Different Circumstances and Materials

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