Building a garden with symbiotic relationships so that it provides for it’s own needs is beautiful; Building a community on that same foundation is biblical. Imagine what that community would look like…Neighbors helping neighbors, trading produce, ideas and techniques. What if a neighbor was in need? He wouldn’t have to look further than a couple doors down to find a helping hand… What a blessing!
Being prepared for the most likely troubles in life is a responsibility that doesn’t have to be a burden; in fact, it can be absolutely enjoyable!! Support comes in the form of some encouraging words of advice, shared ideas, workshops and connections to resources whether literature or friends.
Good Stewards work together with the community to care for those in need. All levels of service are available to those who wish to ethically care for the land so that it bears not just any food, but nutritionally dense food…in abundance. Charitable workshops are held at sites where home owners have a need that can not be met by reasonable means. We can work together to get more families started on their way toward enjoying healthy food from their own gardens by gathering resources from the community and putting them to good use. These installations are dependent on funds for material, volunteer support and time. Applications can be submitted at any time. If selected, the family will be contacted in order to set up a consultation, which will be the basis for the design. Volunteers are always welcome.
Topic based workshops (non-charitable) can be organized and hosted as demanded by YOU! Yeah…You. Do you want to learn how to compost? How about learning to worm farm or companion plant? Ever wonder how to build a hugel mound or what that even is? Good Stewards work with you in order to fill the seats at your host site. We provide all the learning and hands-on material as well as healthy snacks and drinks. We are happy to hear from you and would love to share any additional details. Contact the workshops coordinator at Mike@GoodStewards.com or submit an application to get an event started.
Becoming a Good Steward of your very own land is easy. We provide resources and eager help so that you can get on your way to making that dream a reality. P.D.C. designers are available to consult with you and help shine a light on what your land is capable of. A detailed design will be provided to you and will serve as a blueprint for the install and maintenance of your ideas. As a devoted Good Steward, you will be able to reap the fruits of an evermore fertile landscape, knowing that respect for the gift that we have been given by God has been well placed. You can also take part in the Sunday Exchange where the community comes together to care for one another by bringing up new ideas, experiences or even surplus produce to share. Trading seeds, plants and products is a great way to draw the fellowship string tighter.
There’s a little bit more to it, but it’s almost as simple as it sounds- Tea made from worm castings. Worm tea is now available for $5 per 750ml reusable bottle of concentrated fluid. A $1 deposit is necessary unless the container is customer supplied.
There are three major byproducts of raising worms: Leachate, Worm Castings and More Worms. Worms are kept in some type of container where they are bedded in something like newspaper shreddings, leaves, coconut coir or the like. They spend most of their lives in the top layer of this bedding where they eat, sleep and make lots of worm babies as well as worm castings (otherwise known as poo). As the worms are are fed, they secrete fluids. The food that the worms don’t eat fast enough decomposes, releasing additional fluids, all of which seeps down into a collection tray. This is known as Leachate.
By avoiding the intestinal tract of the worm, some of the fluid in the Leachate can contain phytotoxins created by bad bacteria. Also in the leachate is the fluid that does makes it through the intestinal tract of the worm. This fluid is rich in beneficial microbes and qualifies as a great fertilizer. The problem however, is the the unknown balance of good bacteria to the bad in the leachate. Oxygenating the fluid with an air stone is one way to help move the balance in the right direction. Since the the leachate is questionable at best, it should be considered harmful to pets, plants and people, and safe handling procedures should be closely followed- it should not be used on edible plants and should never be applied directly to any desirable plant; it should be diluted at least 10/1. Handling leachate should be done while wearing gloves.
Worm castings can be harvested from the worm bin and applied directly to a garden bed as a fertilizer. This strong, but mild fertilizer can be used in garden beds growing the most fragile of plants. It is incredibly rich with beneficial microbial life. A wonderful environment for the microbes can be created by adding molasses powder as a feed for the microbes. Doing so will create a scenario where the release of the “good stuff” takes place over a longer period of time.
Like worm castings, worm tea will inoculate the soil with all types of beneficial bacteria, fungi, acinomycetes, and protozoa. Rapid absorption and its ability to reach a much, much greater area makes it the superior application method. The life profile of succeeding soil naturally moves toward the profile of worm casting/tea and the the life that it encourages. By treating the soil with worm tea, we greatly accelerate the succession process. The application of worm castings/tea puts harmful bacteria at a disadvantage further creating an ideal environment. All of this adds up to healthier soil and healthier plants with stronger defenses against pest and disease.
All Types of Herbs (dry, fresh, planted)
Bell Pepper Plants
Sweet Potato Plants
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