Hey there! My name is Danielle, an environmental science major at Kean. In regards to the compost, we have not done much manual labor to it as the weather has still been so cold and the ground has been pretty frozen. However, we are working hard to learn the details of composting and creating the best solutions for Joe and Springstone Farm. It’s hard learning to be a farmer!
We have also learned about compost tea! Compost tea is a water extract of compost that is used to increase plant productivity and protect against plant pathogens (Pane et al., 2016). This method would maximize the benefits of the compost on site and further prevent the use of pesticides in conventional farming, keeping Springstone Farm in line with its commitment to the environment as an organic farm! However, this project may be saved for the future as we will mainly focus on compost management this semester.
Pane, C., Palese, A. M., Spaccini, R., Piccolo, A., Celano, G., & Zaccardelli, M. (2016). Enhancing sustainability of a processing tomato cultivation system by using bioactive compost teas. Scientia Horticulturae, 202117-124. doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2016.02.034