Saturday, July 25, 2009

1 last presentation tonight. CEO Space 709 is finished. Off to Texas tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

At CEO Space in Las Vegas doing presentations on EM America.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Industrial Waste Water Treatment

On my trip through Texas last week I had the pleasure of visiting Michael Laws of Ecowerks. Michael is Australian. He is an environmentalist at heart. His industrial wastewater treatment facility, Ecowerks, in Port Arthur, Texas receives industrial wastewater, including oil refinery wastewater by the truckload. Large settling tanks receive the waste and increase the retention time, allowing for separation of the oil from water. The system is designed to capture waste oil and recycle it.

This state of the art system that Michael designed will take toxic wastewater and bring it to a point of potable water in a very short time.

Adorning the main office walls are letters from the US Coast Guard and local city government welcoming Ecowerks and commenting on how environmentally-sound their company is.

Ecowerks uses Activated EM•1®, supplied from EM America, in their wastewater treatment process. The AEM•1® helps accelerate the separation of the oil from the water. We plan to do several experiments with Ecowerks to perfect the treatment process and see what else this amazing technology can do.



Monday, July 13, 2009

APNAN Blog

This morning I received an email from the APNAN office in Thailand. They're working on a blog as well! It is great to see that technology is helping in the EM world to continue to exchange information. Their blog seems to cover many geographic areas. So, those of you who want to know what is going on outside of the US, this is a good place to check out.

If you are planning on traveling to East Asia, I suggest you contact their office and see if you can visit some of the places they work with. I forget where it is, but there is a Nature Farm Training Center where people can stay and learn Nature Farming methods, etc. I have met many of these dedicated people and know that you will enjoy communicating with them.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Golf Course applications with EM1

Golf courses are often targeted by environmental groups as major sources of pollution. They are targeted because of the use of excessive amounts of fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Jeremy Murdock, VP of EM America, has been working with several golf courses since 2002 on implementing an EM® program. California is probably the best known of all the states for its environmental movements. San Francisco is heading most of the programs. There is a ban on the excessive use of pesticides in place as well as EPA support of the ban of 74 different types of chemicals near wildlife habitats.

In 2002, the City of San Francisco was working on intensifying their Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. They were also working with the Harding Golf Course near the famous Presidio and Golden Gate State Park. In their quests, they began looking at compost teas and EM•1®. They did various trials on greens and fairways in hopes that they could find natural methods to care for their golf course and parks ahead of the pesticide ban that was due to come into effect some time in 2006. They did eventually learn from Mr. Murdock that they should combine the compost tea with Activated EM•1® and follow typical compost tea application rates. The groundskeepers would walk the course daily, manually picking weeks and monitoring any incidence of disease as well as watching drainage and growth of the turf.

In 2007, they had been using their program successfully without the use of pesticides. They were informed that their course was chosen to be on the PGA Tour and would have to follow the PGA guidelines for turf management. When they learned it would require they go back to the use of pesticides, they refused. The PGA sent a groups of experts to examine the course to see if it would work. The course passed and was added to the tour list. The City succeeded without the use of synthetic pesticides and still uses their combination of EM•1®, Compost Tea with EM•1®, and IPM.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Vineyard Update


Emanuel is working away at the winery. He has been applying EM•1® in the drip tape on his 200-acre farm in New Mexico. Harvest is only a few months away....then we have to wait for the wine. He is testing all kinds of products and hopes to be able to go into full organic production some time in the not-too-distant future. We hope to be there right with him when he does.

I only got one photo when I was with him this time....my camera's batteries died while I was out there. I should be going back toward the end of July and will be able to get a few more photos then.

This year we plan on doing some bokashi production on the farm after harvest. They are doing some foliar spraying and injecting EM•1® through sub-surface irrigation.

Smokin' Chilies---New Mexico Style


Last week I made it out to Deming and met with some REALLY excited farmers. This year they learned about EM•1® and decided to put it to the test.

As you can see, Zack is pretty happy. His chilies are about a month early. In addition to that, the seeds, which are hybridized by a local grower, normally have one stalk and push buds from there. We walked about 5 acres of plants and I don't think I saw any 1-stalked plants. What I saw were plants that were pushing 4-10 stalks, with

dense budding and beautiful canopies. The more leaves you've got, the more sun that can be absorbed and pull nutrition to the fruits being produced by the plants. We tried a few pre-mature chilies and they were absolutely delicious.

You can see the extra stalks in this photo on the left.

Zack and his father, Kevin, are growing on about 3,000 acres in Deming, New Mexico. They have been involved in a crop rotation program and incorporate crop residues between each crop. They are not growing organically and do use herbicides and synthetic fertilizers.


We are working with the fertilizer provider to develop programs that will incorporate EM•1® in their production and are already seeing some great results. Some of the indicators are the beneficial insects on the plants and the root development of the plants treated with EM•1®. This photo to the right shows a plant (on the left) not treated with EM•1® and (on the right) a plant grown with EM•1®.

In about three weeks we should start getting in some yeild data. They are shooting for 20 tons per acre in an average year. If the weather holds out, and we can figure an extra month of picking, who knows what the end results will be. I can say that we are all excited about this.
 
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