[Market-farming] Effective Micro-organisms

Karen Sutherland ksutherland at hampshire.edu
Sun Feb 20 12:37:04 EST 2005

Al-Mario Casimir & Ian Alexander prepared a pamphlet for the Organic 
Desk of the Division of Agriculture here in Dominica  explaining how to 
produce your own EM using local organisms.  I have not tried this yet.   
Quoting from their pamphlet:

" Bacteria Traps:


1 plastic container
4 oz cooked rice
piece of nylon net


Place the cooked rice in the container
Cover container with the nylon net and secure with string
Bury the container placing fresh manure or semi-decomposed organic 
matter on top of the net

Harvesting Bacteria (EM)

After 2 weeks unbury the container and remove the rice (the rice is 
filled with EM)
Rinse the rice and mix in a solution that contains 1 liter of molasses 
and 3 liters of pure boiled water.  (Stock Solution)


200 ml of stock solution and 200 ml of molasses in 20 liters of pure 
water for every m2 of compost, bokashi, etc."


Have any of you produced your own local EM?  If so, was your procedure 
the same?  

I am confused about the part where you "rinse the rice and mix in a 
solution".  Seems to me like the rinse water would contain the EM's. 

For those of you who have tried EM's (either commercial or a local mix), 
how would you evaluate their effectiveness against the extra time, 
effort and costs?

Thank you all.

Karen Sutherland

*Karen Sutherland **
**Roots Farm**
Organic Produce : Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs*
Cockrane, Dominica
rootsfarm at marpin.dm <mailto:rootsfarm at marpin.dm>

Adriana wrote:

> For an excellent discussion and overview of effective micro-organisms 
> go to:
> http://www.eminfo.info/index.html
> In the author's own words:
> " Frankly, the primary reason why I decided to create this website was 
> because I encountered quite a bit of ambiguity and confusion as I 
> first started to use and play with  EM and related cultures.  The 
> confusion and ambiguity came from many sources; from distributors and 
> vendors of EM products, EM retail stores, and "official" EM websites 
> for variuos organizations, and from other,  non-official EM websites, 
> and from individuals in the EM world.  I often received confusing 
> answers to my questions, or replies which totally contradicted what 
> someone at the same organization had told me the day before, or which 
> contradicted what the label on my EM bottle advised, coontradicted 
> what an "official" EM website advised, or contradicted what many 
> unofficial EM websites claimed..
> The deeper I waded into the EM waters, the more impressed I became 
> with the synergistic metabiotic consortium (cluster) of organisms 
> called EM and their incredible usefulness, and yet the more aware I 
> became that there was apparently a lot of confusion and 
> miscommunication in the EM world.  "
> If you are interested in this topic, Vinny's web site is a "must-read".
> Adriana
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