Compost tea & community engagement at city beet farm
WHY IT MATTERS
We saw City Beet’s DIY compost bubbler in action and Karen Tomkins, local soil biologist, came equipped with her microscope to measure the diversity and amount of microbes in the tea. It was very exciting stuff and one intrigued neighbour jumped the fence to join in on the workshop and get the inside scoop on compost teas.
Farmers Elana Evans and Maddy Clerk showed off some of their beautiful urban farm sites in the Riley Park neighbourhood. Homeowners seemed to get a kick out of having a group of 15 urban farmers and community members loitering around and learning in their yards. A super star home-owner even invited the whole crew in for coffee.
A workshop highlight was when Elana spoke about compost teas and why she chooses to use them in her farming practice. If proper biology is not present, then the soil is not able to cycle nutrients (even if they are present in the soil) and plants are more susceptible to pest and disease pressure.
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