It All Starts In The Soil:
One of the most significant resources any nation could have is healthy soil. Healthy soil affects everything including the quality of the food we eat, the quality of the air, and the health of our rivers and oceans. When we use too many chemical fertilizers, we are destroying our soil, taking the life out of it. One of the best ways to build, maintain, and conserve soil is to put life back into the soil. Compost tea does that. It is called compost tea because the compost goes in a mesh bag.
Here is the connection. If you take one acre of healthy soil, it would contain several pounds of small mammals and 133 pounds of protozoa which are single-cell organisms if you remember from biology class who are mobile in the soil and ooze around. Healthy soil also contains 900 pounds each of earthworms, arthropods, algae, 2000 pounds of bacteria and 2400 pounds of fungi. So healthy soil is collaborating with microorganisms. What is neat about it is that high-quality compost also contains a very similar set of microbes.
When making compost tea, we are trying to extract these microorganisms from compost, put it into a liquid form that makes it easy to apply to your landscape. You can spray it, irrigate with it, or put it out with a watering can. This process makes it very practical and economical, affordable, and efficient to be able to inoculate your soil or your leaf surfaces with the healthy sets of different types of microorganisms. So that you can mimic the most productive natural systems and the production quality that you can get from that type of setup.
By actively managing this soil microbiology, testing it, and looking what you have gained, and seeing if you are bacterially or fugally dominated, you can prescribe a different type of compost tea if you need to enhance the sets of microorganism that you want. So quite literally it is microbial husbandry that you are looking to accomplish when you start looking at practical ways of managing soil food web.
In this film, we are going to meet some fantastic people and take you to some great locations such as universities, farms, golf courses and city parks where they have replaced the use of chemical fertilizers with compost tea to maintain the vibrancy, beauty, and the health of those locations. The films open with quick visits to some of the most amazing sites to learn how compost tea is affecting the planet’s health. Rodale Institute has been conducting organic research trials for over thirty years. Harvard University has switched from a chemical lawn care program to an organic one. Allen Farm has dramatically improved quality and yield on their pastures and hay fields. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway organically maintains a major urban park with compost tea. Central Wharf Park is an award winning landscape built and maintained with compost tea. Pierce Farm has transformed its entire 10-acre coffee farm from lava sand to soil in 2 years. A golf course is drastically reducing their use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Treewise is a lawn and tree care company that uses compost tea as the base of all their programs. The University of Hawaii in Hilo and Manoa have published the book “Tea Time In Tropics,” profiling farmers success in using compost tea. Hawaiian Sanctuary Resort is improving the health of their fruit trees. Black Sheep Farm is conducting trials on essential landscape plants such as boxwood. Kupa’a Farm has dramatically reduced soil erosion and is improving their topsoil. Battery Park uses compost tea to maintain the health and beauty of this significant urban Manhattan Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park has created a whole ecosystem in what use to be a parking lot. And finally, the High Line is a beautiful park on an elevated railway in Manhattan, built and maintained with compost tea.