The Soil Chef

Our March speaker, Cuauhtemoc Villa, told us about ancient methods of revitalizing the soil, using effective microbes to ferment organic material. He talked about bokashi composting, which is an anaerobic process that relies on inoculated bran to ferment kitchen waste into a safe soil builder and nutrient-rich tea for your plants and the soil. He inspired us to have a Bokashi Party in Club member, Michael Wittman’s Food Forest next month!

In this video he treats soil with a pathogen with this tea to heal a sunflower crop.

This video shows the work he has been doing with the City of Portland, using biochar to treat the plants at their storm water facilities to purify the runoff, which has a lot of pollution. There are fifteen area storm water facilities using reeds and native plants to help clean the water.

He has been working with school kids in 20 different schools to teach them to grow their food using these techniques in Portland, Oregon and on nearby Sauvie Island Farm:

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