A mobile Compost Tea Center providing aerobically aerated compost tea


By using specially prepared compost tea, you will:


Improve the biology and fertility of your soil....naturally.
Move toward eliminating the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Save money and the environment.

 

Brian Everette has taken numberous classes with and continues studying with Dr. Ingham.

With an understanding of the soil foodweb, he can offer:

The mobile compost tea van is available for travel around the San Francisco Bay area.

 

He lives in San Mateo, CA, at the San Mateo Ecovillage which he co-founded with his wife, Sanda Everette.

Trained as Master Composters by the San Mateo County Recycleworks, Composting Program, Brian and Sanda also offer education on composting, both free classes through that program and more extensive on-site training. Sanda has also complete the Soil Biology class with Elaine Ingham of Soil Foodweb. We have also taken numerous trainings in other forms of organic and sustainable agriculture, including Permaculture, Biointensive, and Biodynamic farming. We have had a long term interest in the work of the Permaculture Institute of Northern California. We just completed their course in Urban Permaculture Design and looking forward to applying more of their principles on our property and then making those design skills available to others. We anticipate hosting a small workshop at our community this spring. (See our Green Solutions home page for additional links for resources about agriculture.) We have been growing some of our own food for over 20 years.

Additional skills we can share include:

 

Why should you care about your Soil Foodweb?

According to Soil Foodweb Incorporated, "Understanding soil health requires knowing what organisms occur, which ones are working, how many are present, and whether they are the right kinds for the desired plants. Soil organisms create a living, dynamic system which must be undersood and managed properly for best plant growth.

Plants depend on beneficial soil organisms to protect them from pathogens, to help them obtain nutrients from the soil, to break down toxic compounds that could inhibit growth and to build good soil structure so water and air can reach the roots in the right proportions."

There is extensive information on Dr. Ingham's website on the subject of soil biology and Understanding the Soil Foodweb?

There is growing use of the application of Aerated Compost Tea in the turf industry in an effort to explore alternatives to reduce the use of pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides.

Though not talked about, one of our very important resources, which we have lost at a dramatic rate, is our topsoil. "Reports during the 1970's indicated that large-scale agricultural techniques in the United States were depleting the soil about 8 times faster than they were being created naturally," says John Jeavons of Ecology Action. Our very lives depend on building new top soil. High levels of biological activity are one of the important keys. Compost tea can make a significant difference as well as other sustainable agricultural techniques. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself." Loss of top soil is one symptom of the degradation of our enviroment.

Rekindled goverment recognition of the need to save soil as well as the importance of diverting garden "wastes" from our landfills has led to the support of courses to teach composting

Dr. Ingham taught a series of courses in San Mateo January 2004 and later in January 2006.

Read more about it in the Ecological Landscaping Association newletter download pdf file

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It was an opportunity for us to debut our mobile tea center.

"Brian, Keep those critters happy in your beautiful new Communi-tea trucks. Top of the foodweb to you!"

Elaine Ingham

 

 

Some other resources to learn about compost tea and healthy soil:

An article in Gardener's Supply A Beneficial Brew A Scientist Reveals the Magic of Compost Tea

Dr. Ingham writes a free monthly E-zine that answers your questions about improving the life in your soil.

Compost tea for farms and agriculture: What is compost tea?

Cregon State Extension Healthy Soil....It's a jungle out there in your garden soil.

Acres USA, Elaine Ingham, PhD--audio tapes

There are about 300 members of the Yahoogroup on Compost tea.

Lots and lots of links can be found at Don't Panic, Eat Organic including some about compost tea.

Read about issues relating to compost at Californians Against Waste, a nonprofit grassroots organization, the only environmental group in California with full-time staff lobbying exclusively in support of a recycling economy. We advocate policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels. They also provide many other links about composting as well as recycling in general.

Compost tea can also be considered as part of an ecological maintenance system for gardens, farms, vineyards, turf, etc. which may also include additional organic processes such as the use of IPM as described by the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program from UC-Davis.
Another promising new technique is Hydro_Mechanical_Obliteration (H_M_O) the use of a newly developed process (patent pending) which makes use of water under very high pressure to eliminate weeds (without the need of any herbicide application.) We are working with Cameron Colson (408) 205-5757 to develop an exciting new program. His H_M_O would eliminate weeds and their short root structures followed by application of compost tea to change the soil biology to make it less hospitable to weed regrowth.

Additional references about the use of compost tea on turf:

There is growing use of the application of Aerated Compost Tea in the turf industry including golf courses, parks and sports fields, and schools in an effort to explore alternatives to reduce the use of pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides while reducing turf disease, weeds, and maintenance costs.

The Effects of Compost Tea on Golf Course Greens Turf and Soil:   Presidio Golf Course, San Francisco CA   This is a 10 page study of a year long trial of compost tea-pdf file

Compost teas can relieve stress on turf and you.
California Fairways, Jan/Feb 2005 by Paul Wagner

Sustainable Turf Management
Cedar Grove Composting, WA

Time for (Compost) Tea in the Northwest
BioCycle Magazine, October 2000
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Simple Home Brewing:

Dr. Ingham wrote a good introductory article for Kitchen Gardener Magazine
Brewing Compost Tea Tap your compost pile to make a potion that is both fertilizer and disease prevention.

More descriptions of a simple home brewing machine can be found in information from Home and Garden Television and from Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection.

Wake Up Your Garden with Compost Tea By Kathy LaLiberte from Gardener's Supply Company, has some good information, though information on Commercial Brewers is not current with research from SFI.

Simple Gifts Farm: Compost tea brewing instructions

On a small scale, Dr, Ingham has seen good results with the 5 gallon KIS machine.

Commercial Brewers:

There are a variety of compost tea machines on the market. Soil Foodweb Inc tests commercial brewers and reports on the quality of the biological life in the teas. Some have been found to have less consistent results than others and although they may be popular in the market place, they do not meet SFI standards for effective levels of beneficial bacteria and fungi. We considered several companies but chose the Extractor developed by the folks at Nature Technologies because they are a local company who provides good educational support. They also provide a complete package as they also sell their vermicompost blends so the machine can be used easily by someone who is not doing their own composting. Their machines have been successfully tested by Dr. Ingham.

 

 

 

 

Think globally, act locally.....

In fitting with our goals of offering planetary solutions, we are looking at alternative ways to financially structure this company so that we can be a resource for supporting local economies. We will work with small local businesses whenever possible with a focus on locally owned rather than large corporate chains. We consider our local area to have a radius of about 100 mile.

We will work with other organizations who share our mission. We are getting involved with Californians for Pesticide Reform , which is part of Another

Another project that we have been involved with is Save Barec . It has a goal of saving the UC Agriculture/ Horticulture Research Center in Santa Clara, a 17 acre parcel of agricultural land near San Jose...the last large piece of farm land in Silicon Valley, an area that was previously known as the Valley of Heart's Delight. Our van was even used as part of a recent campaign to promote the issue.

SaveBAREC was on the ABC 7 News program at 6:00pm on November 9, 2005. They covered our truck being placed in front of the property with wonderful signage. Have a look at the video [2MB] and the pictures.

For further information, call Brian at 650 574-7154 or

 

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