Lee Fieldhouse: Soil Systems – upcycling through nature.
Lee is a vermiculturalist and founder of Islands in the Stream which is all about upcycling through nature. He will present on the role of microbes in soil systems, disease suppression in plants, and waste up-cycling.
Workshop brief: Through vermiculture, we are transforming waste products of negative or little value into a high value asset to support essential plant growing systems and soil health. Lee’s presentation will be down to earth encompassing the role of microbes in soil systems, disease suppression in plants, and waste up-cycling.
Lee’s interest in vermiculture was motivated by the poor state of the soil at his place on Oxley Island, on the Mid North Coast. The location had many great features, including the temperate climate, reasonable access to larger markets, an excellent water supply and affordable land. On the downside the land was poor, degraded with a high water table.
While studying horticulture, Lee learnt about compost teas, soil structure and worm wee. This was the start of a whole new, totally encompassing project which led to the development of his product Biocast+ . It has taken approximately 5 years for Lee to be happy with all the systems of production, from the food source to the extraction methods, having all the worms happily munching away in the compost, with solid systems in place.
“We understand the biology and are incredibly enthusiastic by the results we have seen so far. Through vermiculture, we are transforming waste products of negative or little value into a high value asset to support essential plant growing systems and soil health.”
See more of what Lee is creating at Islandsinthestream.com.au