Whole Farm Workshop: Farm-Scale Composting – A Means to Attaining Farm Resilience through Building Soil Fertility In East Troy, Wisconsin
May 17th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. & May 18th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This workshop will provide the theoretical and practical basis for reconsidering the importance of composting in agriculture in order for it to become a central element for developing healthy and thriving farms. This course will explore, through composting, how one is able to begin to build a solid base to counteract the enormous loss of soil fertility and biological fragility of our farms. Drawing from the pioneering work of the German biochemist, Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, we’ll explore how his hot controlled fermentation compost process becomes a major pillar in establishing farm resilience and a strong and viable means to build soil fertility.
After an evening with an introduction of this method of composting we will have a full practical day on Saturday at our pilot project where we’ll look into the process of mixing the organic resources, establishing proper C/N ratios, setting the windrows, temperature, data collection, and overall management of a thriving compost site. Instructors: Angela Curtes, Lands Director, Skylark, Inc.., Bruno Jorge R. Follador, Biodynamic Researcher and Consultant. Contact Jodie at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute for information about scholarships, housing, etc., (262) 642-3303 ext.128 or farmandfood@michaelfields.