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Hello

I have been making compost teas for about 10 years. I have surplus materials for brewing and a few adamants ( molasses (un-sulfered ), gypsum, rock dust ), is the society organized enough that they have a brewer/location that I could bring this material to?

Terence Dodge
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Former head composter :roll: & ACT Brewer at Ariadne Garden.


Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:40 am
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Post Re: Materials donation info sought/compost tea
At this time, the Home Orchard Society does not make compost tea. There is no central storage area for Compost tea brewing products. I personally brew compost tea, and have for many years. There is an arboretum. I could bring it up at the Board Meeting tomorrow night to see what they think.

Great idea. Do you sell compost tea too? Several people asked me where they could buy it.
Thansk
John S
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Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:43 pm
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Post Re: Materials donation info sought
Thanks for the response.

I have sold ACT in the past. I have done advice and demonstrated practices for making ACT. Not currently brewing.

Frustrated with the lack of interest & no records/no need for records gardeners, difficult to brew and get so little feed back, "it worked", "it did not do a thing" no data.


Do you know of any organized groups wanting to use ACT?

Terence Dodge


Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:45 am
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Post Re: Materials donation info sought
There is actually a brewing machine in the HOS arboretum. The manager is interested in the materials, but she wants to know how much there is of each. We talked briefly about the possibility of setting up a "compost tea day" or attaching it to another event in the Spring. We didn't come up to a conclusion on the event, because it was a preliminary talk. She might make it just for the arboretum, even if we don't have a public day. It is possible that members could come by and buy some if she does.

I am on a Yahoogroups Compost Tea group. Most of the users seem to be farmers or landscaping management groups. I think it is a bit too intense for most gardeners. My experience is that most people want someone to do all the work and give them pretty flowers and beautiful produce with no inputs. I think the nature of using something like compost tea is that at most, 10% of the gardeners will use it, and more likely, less than 1%. People are busy.

I don't know of any local organized tea compost tea groups, but Glen Andresen at Metro, who inspired me to do it, might.
John S
PDX OR


Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:36 pm
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Post Re: Compost tea (was Materials donation info sought)
I'm thinking that if you can't get me, you're going to have a hard time getting most other gardeners brewing the stuff, and even buying it is a geographical stretch. I was and am interested, but the more I researched, the more I realized how ineffective I was going to be. My compost isn't active enough to be very effective, I sniffed around but didn't find a cheap pump that seemed up to the job, and decided not to spend real money on a speculative project.

If the Arboretum got into the business of selling compost tea, I probably would not be a customer, even though I'd like to use the brew. It's just too far away to drive very often. If I'm making the trek to the Scion Exchange or AAFS and the tea was being sold there (and if those are appropriate times to use it), I'd probably buy some.

mh


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Post Re: Materials donation info sought
There is actually a brewing machine in the HOS arboretum. The manager is interested in the materials, but she wants to know how much there is of each. We talked briefly about the possibility of setting up a "compost tea day" or attaching it to another event in the Spring. We didn't come up to a conclusion on the event, because it was a preliminary talk. She might make it just for the arboretum, even if we don't have a public day. It is possible that members could come by and buy some if she does.

I am on a Yahoogroups Compost Tea group. Most of the users seem to be farmers or landscaping management groups. I think it is a bit too intense for most gardeners. My experience is that most people want someone to do all the work and give them pretty flowers and beautiful produce with no inputs. I think the nature of using something like compost tea is that at most, 10% of the gardeners will use it, and more likely, less than 1%. People are busy.


Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:59 am
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ethan,
I think you copied my post into your post without an actual reply.
John S
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Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:38 pm
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Post Re: Materials donation info sought
Terence,
Do you know what volume of compost tea making materials we're talking about? The HOS board wanted to know before arranging a donation.
Thanks
John S
PDX OR


Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:17 am
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