After Susan’s informative introduction, Jack showed us how to build a compost pile using a variety of different layers, each sprayed with just enough water to reach the consistency of a “wet sponge.” Layers included most importantly cow manure, as well as hay, vegetable scraps, and a special mixture of herbs meant to provide the appropriate balance of minerals and other special properties. This layering, ideally set in a shady spot, should reach the suggested critical mass of 15’ x 6’ x several feet high, and then be covered with mesh and left undisturbed for 6 months. Once done brewing, the resulting compost is purported among agriculturalists to be the richest, most coveted growing material for plant cultivation. For more information about his methods, see Jack’s handouts where you will also find his contact information.
I think most people at the meeting were both saddened and angered to come face to face with yet another small sustainable family farm’s misfortune, due simply to some misconceptions created by a single hostile neighbor. This sounds like another case for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. True to form, hardly a meeting goes by without the mention of some sort of governmental resistance to the cultivation and distribution of naturally-grown and traditionally-prepared nutrient-dense foods. That is why we continue to hold our meetings not only for cameraderie, but also as a way to educate the local population and create a greater demand for traditionally grown and prepared foods.
Culture and Horticulture: A Philosophy of Gardening by Wolf-Dieter Storl
A Biodynamic Farm for Growing Wholesome Food by Hugh Lovel
Thanks again to Jack, Susan, Stefan, and Steven for all they do to live the biodynamic lifestyle and share it with others!
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for our next two events coming up in April:
1) On Sunday, April 28th, we’ll be going on a field trip to Koreatown in LA for a traditional Korean dinner. For more information or to register for the event, go to our Special Events page.
2) On Tuesday, April 30th, we’ll have our next monthly potluck dinner meeting featuring a great film, American Meat, which will teach us all about the growing movement across the USA to rebuild a vast network of small, traditional, sustainable farms that provide the freshest and healthiest foods possible to our local populations.