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USA Slovenian Apiary Bearding-up

Just an amazing view of our apiary on a warm late-summer morning. "Bearding" on humid warm nights is a sign of healthy colonies working at their peak - drying and curing honey in preparation for the cold months ahead. We'll be taking off a few frames of capped honey leaving the colonies...

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Handmade Compost; Are You Doing this Yet?

Eliot Coleman, author and grower from Four Season Farm once said:  "Producing quality compost is the most important job on the organic farm." I could not agree more. Today's cultivation techniques transcend organic to include ecosystem health and sustainability. Onsite...

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Cover Cropping Strategies for Cabbage Production

Cabbage is tricky to grow. It requires a long season, consistent water and nutrient-rich soil. Despite these challenges we're committed to this crop because it's vital to our vegetable fermentation business - Kres Kitchen. So we're always looking for ways to protect...

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Expanding Successional Planting

Are you planning to rebuild your static compost in the same location? Maybe it's time to rethink that.

Preparing and planning for a successful thermal compost build includes tapping into mature static compost or what we call pre-compost. Mature static piles are completely...

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Offset Swinging Weather Patterns by Building Resilience

It's amazing to me that in spite of standardized grow practices, every season is significantly different from the years prior. When you plant for large diversity as we do, there are always winners and losers. This year our cool weather plants are thriving...

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Natural Regenerative Orcharding

In the five years that have passed since these apple trees and other fruits were planted, I've been managing this orchard without synthetic fertilizers, fungicides or pesticides; an unconventional approach that is well outside...

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Growing Mycorrhizae: Rethinking the Status Quo

About 4 weeks ago (early April timeframe) I started running compost tea in small batches (5 gal). The goal for early spring application was to boost seedling/soil food web populations and to jump start rhizosphere biological performance before planting vegetables out into our grow...

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Soil Fertility; Building Your Strategic Assets

People don't always think of it this way, but cover crops and compost go together. Like wine and cheese, apple pie and ice cream, or a hand and glove; the harmonious effect of linking these soil strategies together is far more powerful than employing...

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Propagating Local Mycorrhizae; Low Cost Strategies that Work

One of the major constraints of optimizing AM fungi in sustainable agriculture is the availability of quality inoculum; these microorganisms cannot be cultured or multiplied artificially. The process of manually cultivating local species using conventional techniques can...

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InSoil Health Craft Compost Venture 2022

Ultra-paramagnetic rock dust vs. control; what is the effect of adding basalt rock dust on thermal compost biological and chemistry outcomes?

One of the most powerful facets of craft composting is the individual control small-batch producers have over compost inputs...

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Master Small-batch Thermal Composting

I'm excited to announce the release of our THERMAL COMPOSTING COURSE; a practical skill-builder for small/mid-sized growers who want to produce their own high-quality thermal compost onsite. We'll show you how composting can be efficiently integrated into your existing...

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Compost & Honeybees; Beautiful Patterns in Nature

The world is complicated and unpredictable but we can find balance in the regularity of nature’s cycles and patterns. Repeating patterns, such as hexagons prevalent in both honeybee hives and microscopic plant structures, bring logic and order into our lives. There...

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Driving Down Soil Fertility Costs with Sustainable Practices

Is Pre-composting A Thing? I Think So!

If soil fertility amendments are going to cost growers big money, there’s obviously a tremendous incentive to find options that cost less. My bet is that lots of effort will go into getting these costs down....

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Pre-composting in Winter: Are you doing this yet?

Accelerating decomposition using natural freeze/thaw cycles. 

It's January and the weather is bitter cold; 10oF today with even lower temps forecasted over the next several days.  Just a few weeks ago in December, temps were pushing above 50oF. These weather...

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Artisan Compost Quality: What Does the Data Show?
Evaluating microbiology and chemistry data outcomes of small-batch compost for growers seeking to optimize the regenerative value of thermal composting efforts.

Let's start by clarifying, what is compost? There are many piles of mystery material out there, commercial and...

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Winter Solstice VIBES

On these darkest days of the year we pause for a moment with gratitude and optimism. Thankful for an amazing year of abundance, and confident in the future of regeneration that is occurring right now on so many levels. These are amazing times.  Our faith in...

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Learn More About Our Goal-directed
Composting Course for Holistic Growers

In our virtual course, we'll show you how to turn your food scraps and garden waste into a natural soil amendment for food production. Thermal composting is a facilitated rapid-cycle process for regenerating soil and vastly improving natural organic cultivation. No more dependence on synthetic chemicals of any sort. Fertility is the job of the Soil Food Web!

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