Effects of Compost and Korean Natural Farming on Soil Ecologies

Raskal Turbeville

During this workshop we will explore the concepts and practices of composting and Korean Natural Farming. These two nutrient cycling strategies focus primarily on two different groups of microorganisms; compost favoring aerobic microbial communities and Korean natural Farming favoring anaerobic communities. Throughout the workshop we will analyze the two practices side by side in terms of their effect on soil ecology, their specific microbial makeup, the techniques used to facilitate nutrient cycling, and the time and energy required to embody each practice. Towards the end of the workshop we will be viewing soil samples from both practices through the microscope to get an in depth look at the microbial communities who are often forgotten but always present.

About the Teacher
I co-run the Mycouprrhizal mushroom farm in Tenino, Washington where we cultivate and sell fresh gourmet and medicinal mushrooms as well as mushroom growing kits and supplies. I have co-facilitated and taught with the Olympia Mycelial Network for the last 4 years helping to spread the knowledge and love of fungi and mushrooms. This group has worked tirelessly to make mushroom cultivation accessible and low cost for the Olympia community and have successfully seen the community take hold and propagate these ideas. I was also the mycology program director at The Maya Point Project in Bocas Del Toro Panama.