Improve Your Soil Using Compost Tea
Join us for a hands-on workshop at Mesquite Field Farm covering compost tea and soil health and fertility.
Participants will learn
- How to utilize compost tea to improve soil health and fertility
- How to take a soil sample
- Analyzing soil under a microscope
- Make a compost tea from scratch
- Analyze composition of tea under a microscope
- Analyzing proper balance of bacteria and microbes in soil
- Build a compost tea maker
- Build a compost tea distribution container
- Improve soil fertility without chemicals
- Distribute compost tea on the land
Instructor, Casey Williams
Casey is a regenerative agriculturist in Corpus Christi, TX who has studied in multiple areas including permaculture, annual and perennial food production, soil health, and aquaponics. In the Summer of 2017 he took Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web online classes (Life in the Soils, Compost, Compost Tea, and Microscope). He is now in the training program to become a Soil Life Consultant with Environment Celebration Institute. Casey’s business, Agricultural Devolution, has a broad scope comprised of teaching individuals how to consciously tend the precious soil and design healthy, dynamic ecosystems as well as growing soil life and nutrient dense food himself. When not working he really enjoys the culinary arts and leisurely reading!
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
Cost: $50 per person
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Register by May 30, 2018
Looking to learn how to build your own hydroponic system? Not sure what kind of hydroponic system is right for you? Unsure of how to clean and maintain a hydroponic system? Plan to attend this workshop and add new tools to your knowledge base and perhaps a new skill. Added Bonus: 2 Door Prizes to be given away at the end of the workshop. Door prizes are 1 DIY Dutch Bucket System and 1 DIY Deep Water Culture System.
The Intro to Hydroponics workshop was put together by a group of participants currently going through the Battleground to Breaking Ground program as part of their Agritourism Team Project (Team Hydrophobics). The participants worked together to decide what type of workshop they wanted to host and then set about putting together the classes and reaching out to bring in a guest speaker. Hay Ewe Ranch has been mentoring the participants through the development and execution of the workshop.
Workshop sessions will include:
- Soil and Water Testing
- Obtaining Necessary Supplies and Inputs
- Planting Crops
- Options for Pest Control
- Planning Seeding Schedule
- Understanding Plant Media
- Germination Techniques
- System Maintenance
Hands On Skills will include:
- Building a DIY System
- System Maintenance
- Mixing Sytem Nutrients
Workshop cost is $35 + taxes/fees which includes breakfast, lunch, and drinks. Please make sure to wear something comfortable (with long pants and closed toed shoes) as we will be outdoors on a working ranch. Recommended to bring bug spray, sunscreen, hat, gloves, and sunglasses (eye protection). Please keep an eye on the weather report and dress accordingly. For those with known allergies to bugs, insects, bees, etc. be sure to bring your epi-pen and/or benadryl. If you are unsure of allergy status, it is recommended to bring benadryl.