We received our grubs from the fine folks at ProtaCulture. Here’s what it looks like:
They were nice and small which gives us time to observe the conditions of the greenhouse as the season changes. It gets pretty hot in our part of California around October, but the cool nights start to catch up. Starting the Biopod was pretty easy. The instructions say to get some old food scraps minus the meats. That’s easier said than done on a ranch with livestock. Dorothy, our pig, got to the food scraps before I could, so I had to go looking for something else. Luckily for the grubs, we had some squash rotting that came off the vine a little early. I mixed those up with a tomato that a gopher gnawed and then some discarded lettuce leaves from the aquaponics greenhouse. Since the leaves were fresh, I placed them in a black bag in the sun to break them down a little for our new grub friends.
We grow several different crops. Lettuces, basils, kohlrabi, cilantro, sage, and more. Most everything grows swimmingly. Well, technically, floatingly. Except sometimes, we get some tip burn in particular varieties of lettuce. Read More
Symbi Biological is the Exploratory and Applied Sciences wing of the TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation in Pescadero, California. In cooperation with the ranch, we work on a range of projects that increase the efficiency of sustainable food production and educate the public. Currently our work focuses principally on alternative livestock feeds that can be grown simply and reliably on-farm.
For 13,000 years, we were organic farmers. We concentrated on caring for the soil so that it could care for the plants. Then the world discovered fertilizer.
When you decide that worms are good protein for fish food, it can be exciting to look at ways to formulate the food. I figured the best way would be to collect the worms in some manner and dry them so I could make a nice worm meal powder to use in the fish food. Should be simple, right? Well, sometimes the logistics are the fun part. Here are my notes: Read More