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By Aliya Hall
The Chronicle 

Vermicomposting. Whaaat?

Process takes soils to a whole new level


September 5, 2019


Bruce Elliott stands in front of a compost tea brewer. Elliott is the founder of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies in Cottage Grove, which focuses on vermicomposting.

COTTAGE GROVE - It's all about soil biology, Bruce Elliott of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies explained. "Everything about farming is about biology," he said. "If you don't take care of the biology you have all these other problems."

For conventional farmers, as soon as problems in the field start, they talk to their fertilizer dealer, who suggests putting some nitrogen on the plants; but then the insects start to come, so farmers use insecticide; then, when the fungus shows up, the plants don't have any protection because it was all killed off by the chemicals.

This lack of sustaina...

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