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2012-03-28 23:04:16

Bokashi Life announces the launch of their company, promoting Bokashi composting, an indoor method converting food scraps to soil through fermentation utilizing Effective Microorganisms®. Columbia City, OR (PRWEB) March 28, 2012 Bokashi Life launches their company with a solution to food waste. Is it possible that food waste is the most vauable commodity discarded each day? Bokashi Life thinks so. What happens with food waste, those fruit and veggie skins, banana peelings, egg shells,...

2011-08-30 19:08:11

Studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists indicate that organic farmers who need to periodically amend their soils with compost after planting can still control weeds-and hold down costs-by using fabric ground covers. This will be welcome news to organic farmers who till composted manure into their crop fields after planting. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Larry Zibilske, who works at the agency's Integrated Farming and Natural Resources Research Unit...

2009-05-14 10:41:09

A U.S. researcher has been awarded a $222,000 grant to reduce bacteria being spread from farms and gardens through the use of manure as a fertilizer. Clemson University food safety researcher, Associate Professor Xiuping Jiang, said a teaspoon of fertile soil can have as many as 1 billion bacteria -- some that can cause extreme sickness and even death. But Jiang's research shows that by raising temperatures and using other approaches, bacterial counts in compost are reduced. The funding --...

2008-09-21 03:00:17

By Sixsmith, Rachel Swapping chemicals for compost will "put the biology back in the soil" and lead to healthier crops, according to microbiologist and organic farming technologist Dr Elaine Ingham. Ingham is director and founder of the US-based Soil Foodweb - an organisation that has helped farmers and growers around the world convert to organic farming. She told delegates at the Improving Life in Your Soil - Using Compost & Compost Tea seminar held last week at Laverstoke Farm,...

2008-09-06 03:00:12

By Anonymous Dynamic Compost Tea, based in Nelson, New Zealand, brews compost tea in a 2,000-liter silo. It takes about 24 hours, with 150 liters resulting from every 15 metric tons of compost with each batch tested before use. Robert Luff, of Dynamic Compost Tea, starts with soil tests and analysis at a specific farm, and then decides on the quantity and strength of the tea to be used. The company has worked on restoring the biological balance to the soil on more than 200 farms over the...

2008-07-01 12:00:31

By Karen Troianello Q. I have been told that I can compost my kitchen scraps in a garbage can. Is this possible? A. Yes, a garbage can can be made into a compost bin. Punch holes in the bottom and the sides, as well as the lid. Place about four inches of fertile soil in the bottom of the can. Use all of your vegetable cuttings, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea leaves and fruit peels. Do not add animal fats or meat scrap products, which attract animals and can produce an offensive odor....

2007-12-08 06:00:16

By Harrison, Ellen Z LITERATURE REVEIW There have been significant contributions to the literature on composting operations in the past decade. Most address on-site investigations relevant to worker health. OVER THE years, there have been concerns related to worker and neighbor health due to airborne particles emitted from composting operations. As a result, there has been a steady stream of studies to evaluate these impacts. This report summarizes a comprehensive review of the...

2007-06-09 03:00:19

By Nendel, Claas Biowaste compost is frequently used in German viticulture to improve soil physical characteristics and to replace soil organic matter losses. A monitoring program was carried out to investigate the effect of a mature biowaste compost application on soil biology and soil mineral N dynamics. At four vineyard sites in southern Germany, compost was applied at two different rates in a random block design with four replicates. Soil mineral N, soil microbial biomass and soil...

2007-03-02 10:29:05

By Wright, Alan L; Provin, Tony L; Hons, Frank M; Zuberer, David A; White, Richard H Compost application to turf grasses can increase availability of nutrients in soil and improve growth, but can potentially lead to accumulation of macronutrients in soil and contribute to leaching and runoff losses. The objectives of this study were to investigate the influence of compost source and application rate on concentrations of plant-available macronutrients in soil over 29 months after a one-time...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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