On EcoRadio KC, Marty Kraft joins host Terri Wilke.  Marty Kraft is a local man who has worked as a Gardener, Environmental Educator, and Helper at Self for many years.

Listeners may recall the last time Marty was on EcoRadio KC, host Brent Ragsdale and Marty worked to create biochar.  Biochar is the lightweight black residue, made of carbon and ashes, remaining after the oxygen-limited burning of biomass which results in a form of charcoal. While Marty Kraft still makes and uses biochar for the gardens in which he works, he is now more involved with the making of Johnson-Su microbial community growth centers (special compost).

What is the Johnson-Su composting method? The Johnson-Su bioreactor is a new composting system developed that can achieve a much higher fungal to bacterial ratio compost with a very diverse microbe population. It is a no turn composting procedure that has a short thermal phase, followed by a worm composting phase.

Marty is building the growth centers in gardens all around the city and he will be on our program tonight to explain the ease of the installation and the outstanding positive impact of the compost on gardens.

We are all in this together and it will take all of us to make the world safe for human habitation for millennia to come.


A Purification by Wendell Berry

At the start of spring I open a trench

in the ground. I put into it

the winter’s accumulation of paper,

pages I do not want to read

again, useless words, fragments,

errors. And I put into it

the contents of the outhouse:

light of the sun, growth of the ground,

finished with one of their journeys.

To the sky, to the wind, then,

and to the faithful trees, I confess

my sins: that I have not been happy

enough, considering my good luck;

have listened to too much noise;

have been inattentive to wonders;

have lusted after praise.

And then upon the gathered refuse

of mind and body, I close the trench,

folding shut again the dark,

the deathless earth. Beneath that seal

the old escapes into the new.

We are all in this together and it will take all of us to make the world safe for human habitation for millennia to come.

We at EcoRadio KC are glad to encourage awareness and protection of our world.  Our goal is to ensure our listeners are aware of how we can create a sustainable present for a sustainable future!

This will be a great radio hour!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can about the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

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