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
In order to improve our pastures and the quality of our livestock we need to understand alternative technologies that may reduce our spending thereby improving our bottom line.
Rotational grazing of livestock and poultry improve our soil while fodder systems offer an additional methodology to supplemental feed our livestock and poultry during times of decreased native forage or weather extremes.
In this day and age one method of retaining profits on the farm is to reduce expenses or cost avoidance. One of the large expenses on a farm is the cost of supplemental feed. Additionally, supplemental feeds such as cubes do not provide all of the nutrition we are looking to provide our animals. One method of reducing our supplemental feed costs is to produce fodder. Fodder in this case is sprouted grains. These grains when sprouted for 7 to 10 days are actually a grass and no longer a seed. This fodder produces a well rounded feed full of nutrients, micro-nutrients, and energy for our animals. This class will provide instruction on types of seed that can be sprouted, a small scale fodder system example, and a medium scale fodder system example. If you are a “do it yourself-er” and wish to grow your own feed then this class is for you.
- Doug Havemann, Army Veteran, Co – Owner, Mesquite Field Farm
- Basic construction
- Basic fabrication
- Farm tool safety
- Build and install infrastructure
- Material supply calculations
- Infrastructure damage prevention
- Farm safety
- Farm infrastructure development planning
- Crop planning
- Supplemental Feed Nutrition
Pasture Management Workshop
Learn about soil and forage health to improve your little piece of heaven on earth. Join us for classroom and field training on range condition assessment for production goals, basic soil science, rotational grazing, use of the latest technology for analysis and management, and USDA EQIP programs to help meet your goals.
When: June 26, 2019 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building 1739 N. HWY 281 Lampasas, TX 76550