[Market-farming] Composting with Microorganisms

Allan Balliett igg at igg.com
Sat Feb 19 18:03:10 EST 2005

Marty -

No offense, but you've got a lot of ground to cover to get up to 
speed on the many methods of making compost and the microbiology that 
makes it possible. You'll get the best answers to your EM questions 
by looking at the home page of the listserve EM-AG, or by joining 
that group and asking your questions:


I don't recall where you are located, but I'm hosting (with the 
support of PASA) a day long workshop on the agricultural uses of 
effective microorganisms. This workshop will be held in the 
Frederick, MD area, will be inexpensive, and will occur on April 2. 
Seating is limited. Reserve your space early. (I'll post the url for 
the workshop info when I get it done.)


-Allan Balliett

PS For my dollar, EM makes a better 'compost tea' product that any 
compost bubbler can make, with less expense, less work, and more 

>Title is kind of silly. I don't think you can compost without them.
>The people who make a product called Effective and Beneficial Organisms
>donated some of their dated culture to us for use in our garden. Their claim
>is that the organisms are anaerobic and that we need to keep the air away.
>That strikes me as curious because I have always heard that you need aerobic
>bacteria to heat up the pile and kill the anaerobic pathogens. I know when I
>turn the pile the activity increases plentyfold.
>Does anyone have experience with this or a similar product?
>Can anyone explain the relationship between the anerobic process they
>describe and the aerobic process that most composters utalize?
>Then there is the compost tea that you bubble air through like crazy to
>increase the beneficial microbes. Hmmm???? I think that they claim that if
>you spray their product on plants that it will prevent disease too.
>Their web site is http://www.scdworld.com
>Marty Kraft
>Heartland All Species Project
>Kansas City, MO
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