An Invitation to a Worm-Ridden Field Day for Producers and Land Stewards
As many of you already know, our Wild Farmlands Worm Farm team has been piloting an on-farm vermicasting, food waste reduction and climate resilience project in collaboration with Santa Barbara Blueberries for a few years now. Just over the last year, we have built a medium-scale worm vermicasting system, recycled thousands of pounds of local food waste, and started applying liquid vermicast extract (a biologically rich living soil amendment) through our existing commercial farm fertigation system.
We are gauging the capacity of vermicast to replace synthetic fertilizers, its ability to improve the soil's fertility and its ability to build both the carbon and water holding capacity of food producing and ecologically declining lands. Among other benefits, vermicast solutions can improve crop and forage land soils while lowering fertilizer & composting costs, they can strengthen ecosystem restoration projects and they can revolutionize the way we recycle green waste directly back into our local food systems.
We are excited to share our progress with you. We are planning a site visit specifically for food growers and land stewards at Restoration Oaks Ranch on May 19th at 9 am. We expect the hands-on presentations and Q&A to go for about an hour and a half. We will be gathering outdoors and in a well-ventilated barn, and we'll respect any relevant Covid19 distancing guidance still in place at the time.
Audience; Producers and Land Stewards
Date: May 19th
Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Restoration Oaks Ranch
You will hear from the stellar team managing our vermicasting project, hear about our progress to-date including some extremely exciting soil and pathogen reports, and see the vermicast equipment functioning at full capacity. We will also discuss our long-term food waste, climate, and ecosystem goals. There will be plenty of time to get your questions answered.
Click here for a primer on the Worm Farm project if you are interested in learning more.
Please let me know if you would like to join by May 14th. RSVP by responding via email, phone or text, we'll need to know the number of people in your party. I'll respond with extremely easy directions to the barn on Restoration Oaks Ranch if you need it. Looking forward to seeing you out here!
If you can't make this date, but would like to learn more, please call, text or email.
Executive Director, Wild Farmlands
Owner/Operator, Santa Barbara Blueberries
Steward, Restoration Oaks Ranch