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  • 22 Aug 2017 12:37 PM | Julia Dupuis (Administrator)

    Compost tea is a hot topic during the gardening season. Pumping air through a mixture of compost and water will draw the aerobic microbes on the compost into the mixture for ease of spreading on your garden and lawn. With the right ingredients, and a good brewer, compost tea is easy to make to promote soil and plant health.

    Making it: Using non-chlorinated water, good quality compost and microbe food, pump air through the mixture for 24-48 hours. Once the brewing is complete, it should be used within six hours to ensure the undesirable anaerobic microbes don’t take over. The tea can be used as is, or diluted to cover as much area as possible.

    The science: Pushing the air mixes the microbes from the compost into the water, where they flourish on oxygen and microbe food. Steeped tea (no air bubbles) may not sufficiently activate aerobic microbes, and anaerobic microbes could proliferate, creating an ineffective compost tea.

    Benefits of using compost tea:

    · Spray it directly on plant leaves to protect them from disease;

    · A little goes a long way, tea can cover a larger area than the same amount of compost on it’s own;

    · Your soil will love the extra microbes

    For more information about compost tea or to purchase a brewer visit

    The Organic Gardener’s Pantry (www.gardenerspantry.caor Smiling Gardener (www.smilinggardener.com

     


  • 16 Aug 2017 12:42 PM | Julia Dupuis (Administrator)

    SOUL is seeking a part-time Executive Director. Reporting to the board of directors, the successful candidate will be an innovative, driven individual with strong leadership skills and experience with not-for-profit governance that will help take SOUL to the next level. Other qualifications should include securing funding, project management, and knowledge of the Organic Land Care Standards.

    This is a work from home position with a flexible schedule, some evening and weekend work may be required.

    Roles and responsibilities include:

    • Funding applications and contractual follow-up
    • Budget preparation and reporting
    • Developing outlines for connections and agreements with various groups
    • Creating educational opportunities or responding to requests for training
    • Developing educational and training programs for participants and for trainers,
    • Ensuring that the accreditation program(s) is(are) sound, that confidentiality is maintained, and that evaluation is geared to suitable levels of expertise
    • Undertake and/or evaluate research in related topics, for dissemination through SOUL channels or website or other documentation
    • Directing hired/contract staff as required in their work responsibilities
    • Providing leadership and liaison between staff and Board
    • Acting as the front person for the organization, or assisting Board and other Members in their activities as they represent the organization, on behalf of the Board
    • Participation in regular Board of Directors meetings. 

    Please submit your cover letter and resume by September 30 to administrator@organiclandcare.org


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