This workshop will explore how through composting one is able to begin to build a solid base to counter act the loss of humus, soil fertility, and biological fragility of our farms. Drawing from the pioneering work of German biochemist, Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, we will explore how a heat guided fermentation compost process becomes a major pillar in establishing farm resilience and a strong and viable means to build natural soil fertility.
After an indoor introduction of this method of composting we will spend most of the day on a nearby farm where a biodynamic compost pilot project is in its third year. We will look into the process of site assessment, obtaining and mixing organic resources, determining proper C/N ratios, setting windrows, observing machinery work, taking temperatures and moisture data collection, and managing a compost site.
This method is best implemented on large-scale garden projects and small to medium size farms where cow or other animal manures are readily available.
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Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
We are a non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate the ecological, social, economic, and spiritual vitality of food and farming systems through education, research, policy and market development.
We envision an ever-creative cultural process in which farmers and consumers create agricultural landscapes with healthy regional systems of land use, food production and distribution.
Since our founding in 1984, we have worked to realize this vision.
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