Merri Bee Organic Farmacy practices, researches and shares the best strategies to regenerate soil for healthy ecosystems and productive, profitable farm enterprises.
Soil Grows. Along with plants and animals, the diversity and number of soil microbes are continually increasing as long as soil health principles are applied. This Pedagenisis accelerates as time goes by and of course the main ingredient, carbon, comes freely from the air. The key to vibrant plants which resist drought, heat, frost, disease and pest attack lies quietly under mulch in an aerobic living soil. The smallest things on Earth may also be the most powerful.
Reinstating the ancient partnership between soil microbes, plants and animals could be the only way to reverse pandemics of chronic disease and catastrophic climate change, yet soil’s beneficial microbes can be quickly destroyed by fertilizer, ploughs and pesticides. Conventional farm soils are inert & the food shaped- objects they grow contain a quarter of the nutrients our grandparents ate (plus poison residues?). Conversely, soil “probiotics” create the rare aromatic flavours in real food responsible for health. Probiotics can be bred up in wormery’s and compost heaps. Organic farmer Bee made compost for 40 years but in 2014 learnt to make quality compost from Dr Elaine Ingham. Suddenly the farm is more profitable. People too are thriving as they eat nutrient dense foods covered in friendly bacteria, we will see them under the microscope. Quality compost can be brewed into a tea to inoculate large acreages with the whole soil food web.
We share ways to increase the humus levels in soil , for greater water holding and greater plant production and biodiversity. We look hard at the soil food web of critters and what they are doing down there......as long as no chemicals ( even lime!) have been applied.
Based on the teachings of Dr Elaine Ingham as well as the distillation of research from several other Luminaries in soil......the course costs $455 plus GST and on sign up we provide you the link to our 85 page manual jam packed with everything you will learn on the course: How to farm worms on a big scale, how to make hot compost PROPERLY, how to make teas and extracts from same, how to spread the good biology over your place (be it from balcony to broad acre). You will receive that e book upon our receipt of your payment, so start reading to today! We have 2 accommodation partners in nearby Nannup who do great rates for our students . Join us on "Nourishing Soil" workshop to witness trials, healthy gardens, orchards, pastures, animals, birds, and insects . See our worm farms, swales, compost yard , microscope, chook and goose tractors. Munch lunches and teas from our home grown menu. Enjoy ongoing interaction and ability to ask questions for as long as you like on our face book page https://www.facebook.com/merribeenannup
Come and learn how growing can be health building and fun , and how soil can save the Earth, literally.
In the same manner as traditional European bakers closely guard their sourdough culture, passing it on in the form of a lump of dough to be treasured down through the generations, Merri Bee Organic Farmacy’s fungal dominated Vermicast is a treasure containing living organisms most rare and valuable.
Since studying under Dr Elaine Ingham, U S soil microbiologist, in 2014, we’ve been devoted, (some say obsessed) with creating quality compost. Knowing the key to quality is DIVERSITY, we have scoured the seaside, ancient native forests, visited gifted long- term practitioners of the composting art, sent off to scientists in America and joined secret societies in the quest for special microbes. Biodynamic preparations are a recent addition which has taken our compost to the next level.
But the backbone of our compost production is a huge diversity of green plant materials both native and exotic, a plethora of mature complex brown materials and a myriad of high nitrogen materials …..the manure , hair, scales feathers etc from not only our 9 species of organically fed and managed livestock but untold species of wildlife both land-based and marine. Interestingly it has been noticed by scientists that Quenda manure makes native plants grow twice as tall .
All the marvellous ingredients are put together in sufficient volume, in the right ratio and at the right moisture content to be an ideal breeding ground for the organisms which are introduced by inoculating the heap with some compost from a previous batch. We make our compost mindful of air quality at the time and needless to say do not use manure from conventional farms which would likely contain antibiotics, worm drenches and GM, or at least Roundup treated feed. We monitor temperature, turning when needed to expose all parts of the heap to temperatures above 55 C to kill pathogens and weed seeds but not exceeding 68 C in order to maintain the beneficial aerobic organisms.
It took a couple of years to achieve the Holy Grail of fungal dominance, and as many years again to breed up significant biomass of fungi, bacteria, protozoa, microarthropods, beneficial nematodes and composting worms to go to work on a few tons of new materials a week, gradually turning them into the black gold colloidal humus you now behold . In the famous line from Alan Sandler’s Happy Gilmore, “ this is high quality hand made shi*t” ! https://merribeeorganicfarm.net.au/products/fungal-dominated-vermi-compost/
Multi Species pasture establishment and/or cover crop service
In late 2018 we purchased a small seeder which makes several 1 inch wide furrows in a paddock, deposits seed or seed mix in the furrow, covers and rolls in one pass. We then added a compost extract injection system to apply good biology to the soil around the seed.
The beauty of the seeder is it minimizes disturbance to the soil, leaves the original plants between the furrows alive to shade and feed the soil whilst allowing new seeds to germinate. We wet hire this set up and provide the all important bio complete compost extract and even the best seed mix ( including perennials) for your situation. Diversity above and below ground equals fertility, let us help you establish the biology you need to prosper.
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Multi Species pasture establishment and/or cover crop service