Soil Amendment Center

The Soil Amendment Center (renamed from “Vermiculture Center” or “Lombricario” to reflect its broader scope) is an approximately 8 M x 8.5 M (26′ x 28′) pole building — essentially a metal roof to cover a generous work space containing a variety of soil building elements, including worm bins, compost bins, MM barrels, screens, biochar barrels and a small lab space. The poles are teak, bought from Oldemar at the bottom of the hill, for $5 each.

Links to more information on EM, MM and Bokashi:

Course notes from Dennis Garber, in Spanish: Curso Organico 2012

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  2. Brandon Hoffman says:

    Where are you at in your production of MM? How are you documenting the overall impact of the fertilizers, and seperating which mode is the most benificial? In the “samll lab” that you show what testing are you performing (pH, acidity, compost temperatures, ect.) ? This is very exciting and my wife and I are looking foward to our visit starting August 11, 2012.

  3. Bob says:

    Hi Brandon, We are just getting started with MM. We have made our first batches (of various recipes for different purposes) but so far it’s only been ‘seat of the pants’, try it and see how the plants respond. No controlled trials. Yet! But would love to have someone come take over setting some up and running them.

    We sent two of our farm workers to a 4-day organic food production course here a few months ago, and they came back bursting with enthusiasm to get started.

    I just bought some instruments (pH meter, DO meter, EC, TDS, refractometer, compost thermometers, precision scale, etc…), but have not hardly had them out of their wrappers.

  4. Brandon Hoffman says:

    Sorry for the slow response. Have the production outputs of your plants been roughly what is expected (“manufacture expected”)? Do you have a crop layout plan for tracking plant production/plant needs? This would greatly enhance not only output, but crop rotation/fertilizer schedules.
    As you know my wife Jodie and I are going to be at Osa this weekend, and I’m wondering if you need me to bring anything? We have already been asked to bring organic non-GMO sweet corn and lavender.

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