Cost Effective DIY Microbial Cultures

Cost Effective DIY Microbial Cultures

The ability to capture microorganisms (usually bacteria and fungi) that could benefit agriculture is not new, but it has recently gained a lot more momentum. In the pursuit of cleaner, greener and low carbon farming, many companies are now ramping up production and marketing microbial products as a replacement to synthetic fertlisers – in many cases though, these microbial products can be readily made on the farm by the farmers themselves – and for a fraction of the cost.

In this webinar recording, presenter Mark Tupman from Productive Ecology discusses how to culture and utilise certain microbe groups on farm as a cost effective means to improve crop health and nutrition. They include compost/vermiculture extracts, facultative anaerobe bioferments, and broad spectrum rhizobia and mycorrhizal inoculants. Mark also covers how these DIY user-friendly microbial cultures can be made and used on your farm with readily available materials and equipment.



For over two decades Mark has been active in the fields of organic/biodynamic production, permaculture, sustainability, agro-ecology and holistic management and in between times managed an orchard, animals and food gardens on his own property. Through his business, Productive Ecology, Mark provides consultation and education & training in the establishment of integrated living production systems. In addition to his consulting work, Mark works as the horticulture project manager at the Witchcliffe Ecovillage development & more recently as a project consultant to the Lower Blackwood LCDC.

This webinar formed part of our project Talkin’ After Hours – the Lower Blackwood Online Community Forum & Information Hub’. The goal of the hub is to enhance our local farming community’s capacity to connect and engage with each other – sharing knowledge, skills and practices that build a community better prepared for, and more resilient to, the impacts of climate change.

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