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2018 Compost Exchange Event

September 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free – $125

“The goal of the Compost Exchange is to streamline the integration of biological farming for everybody so it’s an easier road to go down.” -Clifford Johnson


The Soil Alliance is thrilled to offer a full day intensive of exploring the world of microbes in agriculture.  In 2016, our Compost Exchange attendees asked for a farm tour, we heard you and it’s happening! The Johnson’s invite you to their certified organic farm for a day packed with relevant information, demonstration and brainstorming sessions on how the soil food web fits into large scale agriculture. Our team will offer foundational knowledge of the soil food web, showing you examples of what the microscopic food web looks like in soil and soil building products.  Bring your sun hat and shades for a tour of the various compost method sites, tea brewing and application systems. This event would not be complete without the ritual Compost Exchange, so please bring your finished compost of all kinds and offer it up for the Compost blend that will be combined and redistributed to the attendees of the event. There will be a few microscope technicians onsite to take a peek at your product. You will be able to see it, hear what’s great about it and how you can improve it.  We like to keep a healthy sense of consortive competition, that being said, the compost competition is on! It’s a bit different this year, see below for details. Do you want healthy soil, healthy plants and healthy people? It starts under your feet, now, let’s build some soil!

Compost Exchange: Bring a container of your finished product to blend in with the groups. Your container will be refilled with regional, locally made, microbial diverse Composts from this years Compost Exchange attendees. You could brew it, use it to inoculate your composts or gardens or coat your seeds before planting… the options abound.

Compost Competition: There are two main categories for the 2018 competition: windrow Compost and Compost inoculate, (examples include but are not limited to static, vermi (worm) & bioreactor Composts). Each category will be judged for 1) best fungal and bacterial ratio, 2) best nematode populations and 3) best overall diversity. Awards and recognition will be given given at the event. Assessments include analysis of active organisms such as bacteria, fungi, oomycetes, protozoa and nematodes in micrograms and numbers per gram of soil. A 15 min consultation is included in the $60 assessment fee. Please contact Molly Haviland to register and ship your competition entry.

To collect & ship samples click heremolly.lscl@gmail.com 303.999.5935

$125 suggested donation, Lunch is provided (free range organic meat and gluten eater friendly).

Planning to pay differently? You can make the suggested donation of $125 at the door.

Presenters and Hosts:

Clifford JohnsonClifford Johnson, of Johnson Enterprises, is a third generation farmer on his family farm in Paynesville, MN. He is a second generation organic farmer. Running the farm with his father, Oluf and brother Jake, all of the crop fertility is produced on site. He began learning about the soil food web in 2013. In spring of 2015 Johnson Enterprises began creating Compost and applying Compost tea to their fields. In spring of 2016 the first applications of Compost went onto the farm fields. The results have been promising and have driven Clifford to seek out ways of integrating no-till organic production using cover crops and grazing. Clifford is a founding member of The Soil Alliance and The Compost Exchange he is the farm host and presenter and this event.

Molly HavilandMolly Haviland, of Haviland Earth Regeneration, L. L. C. , grew up in The Great Sand Dunes National Park. She gained her Bachelor of Science degree in Iowa, became a Certified Soil Life Consultant and started a soil building company that consults with farmers, Compost operations, Universities and Government organizations in the development, implementation and identification of soil food web organisms. Seven enriching years spent as a Soil Life Coach for Environment Celebration Institute has led her to begin PhD work on the integration of the soil food web and dryland wheat production in the Golden Triangle of Montana at the Sandy Arrow Ranch. Molly is a founding member of The Compost Alliance and The Compost Exchange. Her goal is that by the end of this decade humans are known for building soil and growing nutrient dense foods.

Jake VoitJake Voit has a successful track record as a: Change Manager, Community Facilitator, Permaculturalist, Business Developer, Systems Designer, Author and
Project Manager. He grew up on a sustainable subsistence farm, complete with organic fields and solar home. He uses Permaculture Design to build better collaboration and increased profits in organizations. His Art of Hosting facilitation abilities bring out collective wisdom in communities and teams. Using change management, iteration, and business modeling, he shift organizations from old to new directions for growth.


Other Considerations:
Dinner Meet & Greet
9/13/18 from 6-8pm
Ron & Judy’s Restaurant and Lounge
28603 Hwy 55
Paynesville, MN

Local Accomodations: Best to reserve ASAP
Paynesville Inn and Suites
700 Diekmann Dr.
Paynesville, MN 56362

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September 14, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – $125
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Johnson’s Farm
37189 532nd Ave
Paynesville, MN 56362 United States
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