Red Wiggler Vermicomposting – Oct 28, 2015

Baylee, Emily, and Chris invited guest speaker Leann Leiter – a 2nd year MA Sustainable Communities student at NAU – for their class presentation on soil. She was kind enough to give an interactive demonstration on Vermicomposting. Here are some photos!

The students listening to Leann talk about the Red Wiggler Vermicomposting System.
The students listening to Leann talk about the Red Wiggler Vermicomposting System. Meghan and Emma fascinated by a red wiggler.
A close-up of the red wigglers.
A close-up of the red wigglers.
Braving the organic smells of vermicomposting!
Braving the organic smells of vermicomposting!
Only add organic matter to the compost. But no meat!
Only add organic matter to the compost. But no meat!
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Shred egg box and paper and add it on top of the compost for a worm-bed.

Permaculture Farm Field Trip- October 14, 2015

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Rylan has a set of two greenhouses in which he grows several plants, such as, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. His plants are self watering with a stream irrigated system. (:
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Rylan uses a pond as water catchment system. This pond can hold up to 16,000 pounds of water. This is a creative way to be sustainable! (:
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Rylan has a flock of turkeys and peep of chickens at his farm. Tiffany and I are both from Southern California and have never been around chickens or turkeys up close before so we deemed Emily as our protector. Emily is from Tennessee and has had previous experience with chickens and turkeys, so she was fearless. Later on, Emily tried to hold one of the chickens.(:
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This is a picture of the wall that Tiffany and I worked on. This wall is composed of tree stumps and a clay, water, and pine needle mixture. (:

By: Baylee Beeman