Compost Teas, Compost, and On-farm Beneficial Microbe Extracts

Enhancing Sustainability Workshop:
Compost Teas, Compost, and On-farm Beneficial Microbe Extracts
October 20, 2003
Pittsboro, NC
The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will present a crop production workshop as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Workshop Series on Monday, October 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agricultural Building in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Compost Teas, Compost, and On-farm Beneficial Microbe Extracts will be presented by Steve Diver, a Program Specialist from ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas), the USDA-funded national sustainable agriculture information service of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) based in Arkansas; Dr. Frank Louws, North Carolina State University Researcher and Extension Plant Pathologist specializing in sustainable disease management for NC growers; and Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Chatham County. The program is outlined below.
Compost Teas
* History of Compost Teas
* Types of Compost Teas and Extracts
* Components of Compost Teas
* Use and Benefits of Compost Teas
* Rhizosphere and Phyllosphere Target Sites
* Rhizosphere Benefits for Microorganisms
* Soil Foodweb Concepts
* Compost Teas for Disease Suppression
* Mechanisms and Target Pathogens
* Compost Tea Production Methods
* Brewing Compost Teas
* Compost Tea Recipes
* Compost Tea Brewing Equipment: Commercial-scale and Home-made
* Minimum Standards for Compost
* Pathogen Risk Reduction
* Compost Tea Use in North Carolina - What Are Farmers Doing?
Compost, Humus, and the Living Soil
* Soil Foodweb Concepts
* Compost Methods
* Farm-scale Compost Turners
* Compost Quality and Standards
* Humified Compost
* Mineralization Rate
* Using Compost as an Inoculant to Improve Crop Vigor - NC Research
Parallel On-farm Extracts and Beneficial Microbe Inoculation Systems
* Effective Microorganisms
* Indigenous Microorganisms
* Biodynamic Preparations
* Cow Patty Pit
* Fermented Plant Extracts
* Purchased Inputs and On-farm Inputs
* Alternative Farming Systems Tools: Nature Farming, Biodynamics,
* Substrate and Microbial Culture
* Benefits of Plant and Compost Extracts
The cost of the workshop will be $20 and includes lunch and a comprehensive resource notebook. Pre-registration is required by October 10. Contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202 for more information. To register, download a registration form from the Workshop section of the Growing Small Farms website at and mail it with your check to Debbie Roos, PO Box 279, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Hotel information is available upon request.
Debbie Roos

Agricultural Extension Agent, Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
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