Environmental Education and Research Center
A center is being developed at the Celebration Farm, located at 13193 Oroville Quincy Highway, Berry Creek, CA where adults and children can learn about how the principles of Mother Nature can be applied to home gardens, landscaping, and agricultural growing systems. The Center will ideally be situated in a diverse growing area, from old growth forests, deciduous forests, to meadows, and water sources for observation of natural growing systems and their requirements. The Center will be created as a model that will showcase sustainable practices.
The center will develop an indoor space that can seat 50-100 people for seminars and hands-on learning in microscope assessment work and compost and compost tea training. This will be a lecture hall setting, with power point projectors, video capability, lighting, webinar hookups, rest rooms, kitchen facilities for food preparations for meals and coffee breaks.
The Center has between 10-30 acres for demonstration gardens, agricultural and scientific research plots, compost making demonstration, worm casting demonstration, greenhouse growing systems, and hands-on growing techniques.
Another indoor space can store organic gardening products and books that ECI sells to help with ECI operating expenses (Nature’s Solution Sea Kelp, Mycorrhizae, Ancient Humate, and Worm Castings). ECI manufactures Nature’s Solution Compost Tea that is made from worm castings and composts and other organic nutrients. Approximately 2500-5000 square feet is needed for this purpose.
Housing accommodations will be developed on site for use by people when they come for training or consultations that would be ideal, if not, lodging needs to be arranged off site. It is ideal if there are year round housing for administration and caretaking staff, if not that can be arranged off site. ECI, ideally, can set up its administration headquarters at this site if facilities are available for this purpose (approximately 500-1000 square feet minimum).
Examples of Research Projects under Development
- Cover Crop Research – Demonstrate the benefits of perennial understory cover crops for healthier growing systems, lowering water usage, increasing microbial life in soil, increasing soil structure, increasing yields and nutrient content.
- Plant Succession Research – Demonstrate the amounts and ratios of microbial species present in each stage of plant succession (old growth conifer forest, deciduous forest, meadows, vegetable production, brassica production, wetlands, bare soil.
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction Research – Demonstrate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when minimal microbial levels and diversities are present in growing systems and sustainable practices are implemented.
- Nutrient Content Enhancement Research – Demonstrate the increase in nutrient content of plants when minimal microbial levels and diversities are present in growing systems and sustainable practices are implemented.
Examples of the Seminars and Workshops
- The Living Soil Workshop
- Two Day Primer on Basic Principles of the Soil Foodweb
- Compost Technology and Introduction to Microscopy.
4. Compost Analysis and Microscopy Practical
- Introduction To Soil Health And The Soil Foodweb
- Soil Quality: Can’t Have Health Without Quality
- Soil Flora: Microbial Organisms That Define Soil Health
- Soil Fauna
- Nutrient Cycling
- Techniques For Improving Soil Health
- Biologically Managing Weeds, Compost Versus Extract Versus Tea
- Microscope Assessment Demonstration
- The Organic Biological Revolution
- Compost Tea and Liquid Compost Extract